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Big Girls Don'T Cry (Berkley Sensation) Mass Market Paperback – 10 Oct 2007

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 311 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Books (10 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425218317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425218310
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 8.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,686,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By FreyaMontgomery on 11 Feb 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am an avid reader of romance novels; I adore the guaranteed happy ending, the to and fro emotions of the hero and heroine and the interactions between the characters. What I can't stand about some of the romance novels that hit the book stands these days are those with shallow, unlikeable characters and a romance between two people who are the least likely to ever have their own happy ending. I could not even bring myself to like the heroine of Cathie Linz's Big Girls Don't Cry, Leena; she harped on about how she was not ashamed of her plus-size figure, but the fact that she did this several times in each chapter gave me the impression that deep down she really hated her weight. Her modelling career had not taken off but then I can understand why with her "I'm the bees' knees" attitude. I also could not stand the interactions between many of the characters; there was no family banter between Leena and her sister, Sue Ellen, and to be honest if I ever met someone like Sue Ellen I may just scream; she came across as one of those annoying waste-of-space airheads and totally unlikeable.
In one scene when Cole jokingly wolf-whistles Leena, she marches over to him and accuses him of being a sexist pig. All throughout the book I was actually astounded by the way ALL of the characters over-reacted to even the slightest criticism or even just a passing comment. They all jumped to unnecessary conclusions and it really made me cringe in embarrassment for them.
The whole relationship between Cole and Leena was so unbelievable and I even could not finish the whole book. The point of a romance book is to put it down with the belief that the two characters concerned have got a real shot at a lifetime together. This was not the impression I got throughout this book. I never laughed, cried nor had any real understanding of what glued Leena and Cole together. I was thoroughly disappointed and will not be buying another of Cathie Linz.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tj on 27 Feb 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Cathie Linz was a new writer to me. I found her by error. I will def be buying her books. I enjoyed this book and I liked the idea that Men do fancy big girls.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Big Girls Don't Cry 24 Jan 2008
By Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I liked the premise behind this book, but I didn't find it an enjoyable read. The writing style is all over the place with the author jumping back and forth between thoughts with no real flow. This was my first book by this author, so I am hoping this isn't her normal style of writing just an anomaly. I couldn't get attached or involved with the characters. Leena was overbearing, obnoxious, and irritating one minute and then morphed into a scared, frightened little girl the next. She was in love with Cole, the local sexy vet, but yet couldn't forget how horrible he was to her when she was a child. It was because of this contradiction that I didn't believe their supposed love story.

There were some entertaining moments, but overall, I don't recommend this one.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
a special read 29 Oct 2007
By Jill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I couldn't put this book down. I used to be on the other side of the fence from plus size--more anorexic skinny--but that made the story especially captivating. The body image 'issues' women and girls have today touch (and hurt) us all. No matter how we're shaped, we're programmed to believe we're faulty.
Leena, the heroine, is so strong when it comes to protecting those more vulnerable than herself. She knows the issues. She just doesn't have that easy a time fixing them in herself--especially when she falls for a guy who brings out all those vulnerabilities.
Linz doesn't preach, doesn't make judgments. She just tells a story in a way that's fun--always a fast read--with dialogue to make you smile and characters who just seem to step off the page. She doesn't smack you with a message. It's just gently there...behind a story that's fun and feisty.
I loved it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3 stars 11 Nov 2007
By AK - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After her plus-sized modeling career turns up its toes and dies, Leena Riley heads home in disgrace, where, in desperation, she takes a job as a receptionist for the most eligible bachelor in town, Cole Flannigan. The good doctor has grown up since his days of tormenting her in grade school, and suddenly the curves he teased her about are very appealing. However, he's not looking for love, nor is she. But, there is something there that they cannot ignore.

*** Many readers will probably cheer Leena's role as a plus sized, yet sexy, heroine. A few of us might take issue with the put downs directed at those on the opposite end of the spectrum. Despite that, this is a fun read, made charming by zany characters. ***

Amanda Killgore
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Romance, Humor & Great Characters .... 5 Jan 2008
By cb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed reading this book! Leena is a very assertive women who has some body issues (who doesn't) and comes back to home town after being a plus-size model in Chicago. She starts working for the local hunking vet who she hit back when she was in highschool. The sparks and humor are great - I love this series. Check out some more books by Cathie Linz; Good Girls Do (Julia and Luke's story)and Bad Girls Don't(Skye and Sheriff Nathan's story).

I would also recommended; Spirited Away by Cindy Miles,Just a Taste by Deirdre Martin, Falling For Gracie by Susan Mallery and See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great heroine! 30 Oct 2007
By Tommy Dooley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Leena's such a terrific heroine. Very real and dealing with a very real problem, one way too many woman cope with--self-image. Leena's journey to self-acceptance and comfort with her reality makes you laugh out loud, thanks to very funny dialogue and a great supporting cast. Her just deserts are, truly, well-earned.

Good book!
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