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The Perfect 10 [Paperback]

Louise Kean
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4 Oct 2010

A controversial, throught-provoking and witty novel about the pursuit of perfection – the perfect appearance, relationship and life, from a young, hot talent.

Sunny Weston is bright, breezy and fun. She is also fat.

Well, less fat that she was. In her pursuit of the perfect figure – and the life to match – Sunny has lost seven stone, with two to go. Yet as her thighs shrink her problems grow. When gorgeous Adrian at work decides that the new streamlined Sunny is the girl for him, she should be thrilled. But then she realises that Adrian loves her looks, not who she is.

The only perfect thing about Cagney James are his put-downs. Cynical funny and old-school cool, he runs an agency that specialises in catching cheating lovers – something he has plenty of experience of.
When Sunny and Cagney meet it’s loathe at first sight. Their hearts are too hard to see that they might have met their match, so they declare war instead. But sparks of anger have a habit of becoming flames of passion …


Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (4 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007775970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007198924
  • ASIN: 0007198922
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 12.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 368,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PRAISE FOR LOUISE KEAN:

‘Intelligent and thought-provoking.’ Company

‘Insightful and laugh-out-loud funny but also serious and sad. the emotional mixture makes for an unmissable page-turner.’ New Woman

‘Brilliantly observed…a reassuringly honest and amusing account of modern romance with all its ups and downs laid bare, it’s a must-read.’ Heat

‘A brilliant tale…Witty and wise’ B Magazine

‘Witty’ Grazia

From the Author

This book is the most personal thing I have ever written.
I found it emotionally impossible to write about being overweight when I was overweight. I had to wait until I had lost stones and stones to start this story. Note that I don't use the word 'fat', because 'fat' still sounds like an insult, a sharp slap in the face thrown my way by some guy with a nasty smirk and too much gel in his hair, tossing out insults in some crappy club.
I think that anybody who has ever had an issue with their weight, be it half a stone or several stones, will be able to relate to Sunny, the heroine of The Perfect 10. Sunny is suddenly afforded a strange split screen view of the world, simultaneously seeing it through fat and thin eyes. She blushes and bristles at the change in attitudes towards her, particularly where men are concerned…
But The Perfect 10 is not just about food, or weight, or fat. It's a love story about a girl who has never been in love before, falling in love with a man who doesn't believe in love anymore...I hope you enjoy it.

Thanks, Louise x


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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By Justme
Format:Paperback
I heard about this book on my local radion station, that happened to be interviewing the author. Unfortunately I didn't catch the interview, but caught the title of the book.
As an overweight person, I cried in parts when I read the book because the observations made are so... very true. It's a great book to read because the media, magazines etc. perpetuate the myth that to be slim is to be happy every dream will come true - go to any slimming club and this is the underlying ethos. Many people, including myself, have been brainwashed by this myth - and are still dieting to 'scale down' and blend into the landscape, just like Sunny (the main character) has successfully managed to do.
Rather bizarrely this book got me through my first week of the rest of my life. The book doesn't set out to be a self-help book, it is a story, but it certainly inspires. I will definately read this book again during weaker moments - for some inspiration from Sunny Weston.
Either Louise (the author) has been through a significatn weight loss herself, or has had someone close lose weight - the book is expertly written with the kind of detail and observation someone who has walked in the "overweight" boots would know about - observations, detail, emotions, I've never shared with anyone. Even down to the chracter Cagney James who only likes slim blondes ..... this book could have been written by me - so I'm not alone in my opinions ha ha! The book felt like my best friend, who understands everything I am currently going through.
Thanks for what has been the best book I've read all year and a book I will continue to turn to for support - as like Sunny, my friends continue to discourage my efforts, for their own gain in having one-up-manship.
It's a must read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect 10 22 July 2005
Format:Paperback
This is without a doubt Louise Kean's best book so far. From the first few pages, I couldn't put it down and found the story really compelling. I have never had an issue with my weight but I found it interesting to read and learn how being larger than a size 10 in a world that expects perfection, effects people.
The author writes with a real sensitvity, so much so, that it made me feel sad at times but it's also so funny in places it had me laughing out loud.
Thought-provoking, funny & a great story - if you enjoyed Louise's other books, this is a must .
Great tube read, great beach read and a great gift for your girl pals.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I laughed, then I cried, then I laughed again 21 July 2005
By nicola
Format:Paperback
Great characters, funny situations, touching moments and an overriding theme that the majority of women will be able to identify with. The Perfect 10 is a story of love, insecurity and strength of personality. And it's funny, did I mention that?
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ten out of Perfect Ten 27 July 2005
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The cover of this book might lead you to believe this is another tale of shopping, gossip and fat-fearing females repeating mantras about carbs. What you actually get is a thought-provoking insight into the way women judge themselves and others on their bodies, mixed in with a cracking story. For me what elevated the experience of reading this book was the way in which the author's personal experience shone through and how, for me, she had something new and truthful to say. A number of the characters were very wittily drawn, providing some delicious humour to help bounce the story along nicely. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 10 out of 10 15 Jan 2007
By Ben
Format:Paperback
I read The Perfect 10, I admit reluctantly, on the recommendation of my wife. It appeared the only way to stop her talking endlessly to me about it and what a delightful surprise it was! Body image in the 21st century is a concern of both sexes and this accurate account of the psychological implications of drastic weight loss is the best I have read on the subject. The refreshing writing style engaged me immediately and the sensitive handling of a difficult subject matter kept me hooked until the very last page. Louise Kean has a writing style entirely of her own; honest, yet always entertaining. Having since looked up several of Kean's other novels, it is clear The Perfect 10 is no one off. She is an author to keep an eye on.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising Book 1 Mar 2006
By A Customer
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
For those of you who may be tempted to write this off as a rehash of Jane Green’s “Jemima J” – don’t. While I loved Green’s book, I always wondered what it would really be like to drop all that weight. I suspected the psychological baggage would be harder to shed than the weight. Louise Kean takes this approach. We meet the improbably named Sunny, who’s dropped a ton of weight but in the process finds herself confused by the person she’s become. There’s lots of wit in the book, but all through you sense the real struggle that all of the characters – not just Sunny – endure. I did find Cagney’s history with women a bit hard to believe, but other than that, all of the pieces fit and it made a compelling read. I’d definitely recommend it.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book i've ever read! 24 Aug 2005
Format:Paperback
This book is a must read for anyone who has ever struggled with issues of weight.
If offers an insight into the mind of a once overweight person who has slimmed down but still feels restless and cant understand why, even though she is now slim, this is what she wanted? So why is she still not happy!
The book is inspiring and I found it very refreshing to read compared to all the media hype and jargon thrust into our lives every day.
Buy this book, no matter what your size, it offers an insight into the world of someone battling with their own and others perception of image and weight, definatley worth a read!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting take on weight loss
Not a romantic comedy, more a thought-provoking novel of the emotional effects of a substantial weight loss. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Skaty Katie
4.0 out of 5 stars good
Once you get the jist of the book , you can start to understand the story behind it. Really enjoyed it.
Published 3 months ago by shopper1982
2.0 out of 5 stars tedious
What could have been an interesting story told in a tiresome and repetitive manner. Sunny was a great complex character however all others fell flat. Read more
Published 4 months ago by @sinfins
4.0 out of 5 stars Kept me wanting to find out what would happen
I wasn't sure when I started reading it whether I would enjoy the book. I felt I knew the ending and it just seemed to be about 2 angry people but you got hooked into the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Blulou
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
I enjoyed this book and the writer definately touched on the fat issues us not size 10 girls have.We are not all perfect!!
Published 5 months ago by jazzyjan
2.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 10
I have struggled to get into this book so at the moment I have left it but will try to return to it at a later date.
Published 6 months ago by Patsy
3.0 out of 5 stars Not much of a story but adequate writing style in some parts quite...
If you've read other reviews you'll know already what the book is about. Starts of excellently. The protagonist is sympathetic albeit not particularly likable as her lack of self... Read more
Published 6 months ago by F
5.0 out of 5 stars A day well spent
loved this book. Am single, have recently lost some weight so the book touched more than a few nerves. Great, thought provoking read.
Published 6 months ago by Becky Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. Witty, fun and an emotional rollercoaster. A fantastic read that kept me laughing and completely hooked until 1.30AM
Published 6 months ago by steph
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book!
Loved the book, the main character is someone you can compare yourself with and I really liked the whole story. Easy to read even in a single day.
Published 17 months ago by Dimitra Charalampidou
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