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The Shape of You Kindle Edition
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I loved the sound of the blurb and was quite eager to read The Shape of You from Felice Stevens. I’ve read a fair bit of this author’s work and am familiar with her style, so I know what I’m getting when I open my kindle.
The Shape of You started off great, the plot line giving new meaning to opposites attract, both main characters certainly did. Corey and Eric seemed engaging enough. I liked Eric far more than Corey but I failed to fall in love with either men. Corey’s story hit a chord with me and I absolutely understood his demons. I was “that” kid too, most likely why he resonated with me. While I got his issues, I didn’t altogether feel all that enamoured with him as a character. Eric had a subtle quietness to him that I found I really liked, his oafish qualities will certainly appeal to the reader. I was rooting for Eric from the start.
Whilst the book started off well, it petered out after a while, sadly the story lost its steam rather quickly. Thus, it made for a stop/start kind of read for me, which is never good, I wasn’t invested enough in the overall book to read in one sitting. I wondered if perhaps it was the fact that the guys were nice and I wasn’t used to reading those kinds of characters. On reflection that wasn’t it, I’d just recently read a “nice guy” book and didn’t have the same feeling. I think it lacked action. It could be argued The Shape of You is a slow burner but I’d have to disagree. It just lacked in places. The storyline flat-lined for me at about 65% so I was left feeling extremely disappointed, as it was the same with the last book I read from this author. Perhaps the vocations weren’t riveting enough to keep my attention, plus dieting is a tricky subject to keep engaging – who knows?
I did enjoy the fact that The Shape of You had quite the unique storyline, coupled with the author’s writing style I really wished this had been the book I wanted. I’d still encourage people to read, I see the appeal and honestly – we all read differently. Sadly, this one was not for me.
Eric's over-weight and standing at over 6ft he feels huge, likes to eat more than he should, and is easily offended about his weight and his mis-trust of people he can't accept a compliment he second guesses everyone's comments or remarks to the point of pushing everyone away.
Cory is not a eater he was used to growing up with an empty belly so his mum could fund her drug habit, one day he passes out whilst working his boss rushes him to the ER finds out it's through lack of food his boss orders him to go to the group and get help or risk losing his job.
It's a light book I enjoyed watching both men's bonds grow over each other, I'm truly glad they found each other, they both have to break down some walls to make it together but eventually they accept each other and the love they have found.
It's is a nice read and it's great that the writer used everyday scenarios effecting thousands of people around the world are going through their own battles it makes u feel lighter once read.
Felice Stevens introduces us to two amazing main characters Eric Sontag and Corey DeSantis; she took me on a journey with both characters and I connected with these characters right from the start. As the story progressed I hoped the growing friendship would blossom and that their separate demons would not ruin something on the brink of being a once in a lifetime connection.
Whilst a couple of scenes did feel a little rushed to me and I would have liked more details, the overall flow of the book kept me intrigued as to whether they would fall back into old habits. . Both characters have some very heavy baggage but carry it very differently.
If you are reading this m/m for hot, passionate sex scenes, there are a few scenes scattered throughout the book; however the strength of this book is the way the author builds the friendship of these two men, culminating in an amazing connection between the two. I will definitely be reading more by this author.
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I'm always wary when a book deals with weight related issues but I should have known that in Felice's sure hands the subject would be dealt with honestly and with a gentle surety that change is possible if you want it for yourself and not for ant external reasons.
For both Eric and Corey it was a change of mindset about how they mentally viewed food and the associations eating brought along.
I loved how they were flawed and didn't solve their issues instantly, that they accepted poor habits were not just going to go away from both ends of the weight spectrum. I loved that this book addressed how being too thin is also a problem and brings its own set of self worth issues.
But most of all I loved that this is a love story about how two men who've struggled to connect to the world could find the strength and joy in each other which made them want to live without fear.
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