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Katherine made it sound like she was extremely fat but based upon her clothes size she's not. I am glad that Katherine's confidence in herself grew because at one point I started to think she may need to rethink her stance on dieting and working out if she continues to be ashamed of her body. I think we sometimes forget that happiness begins with acceptance of ourselves, not others acceptance of us. Overall, a good read for anyone who loves a humorous and sexy romance.
Everly Scott AWESOME!!!
Quick Reasons: cutesy contemporary; unique, endearing characters; the internal monologues are both hilarious and, at times, really self-deprecating; realistic and true to life; there were some super entertaining, laugh-out-loud moments; Katherine is the sort of character we need more of in our reading lives
This is not the type of book I usually read, but PENGUINS, did this one call to me. First off--LOOK at that cover! It's absolutely stunning. I love the pastels, the fact that the macaroons are in a china cup, how gorgeously soft the entire look is. It's drool-worthy, okay, and it immediately caught my eye when I stumbled across it on social media or in my email or wherever it happened to be lurking on my internet when I found out about this book to begin with. Second, the blurb sounded SO intriguing and entertaining and exactly like the kind of book I needed to take a chance on...and I'm so so glad, having finished the read tonight, that I did.
---"Love is crazy and beautiful, you know," she said. "It doesn't look like what we expect it to. That's where people get all confused. They think it's a luxury when it's a necessity. They want the speed and the feelings and the cheesy love songs. That's not love. Love is that grumpy old man outside when he's talking about cupcakes and death."
"Love is you getting him a cookie anyway, right?"---
Katherine is exactly the sort of fierce, realistic character I feel I've been lacking in my reads of late. Her inner monologues are snarky, hilarious, and just the tiniest bit self-deprecating at the start of the read. While normally, this would bother me...I found it endearing and realistic for this particular book. It worked for me; her flaws and quirks actually made me feel more connected to her than I expected. There are SO many gorgeously written, complex moments of character growth throughout this read--and I feel like more girls and women could learn some things about body positivity from the journey.
This is, in the end, a cutesy contemporary with a very BIG message--we are all our own worst critics, every single one of us is human and beautifully flawed...and we should own the things that define us, that make us unique, instead of trying to push them below the surface or mold ourselves into somebody different. Of course, there are other, smaller morals laced throughout as well...but self-love? Self-acceptance? Self-confidence? Those are the big kickers, and I love how beautifully Everly Scott wrote them into this.
While just a bit out of my comfort zone, I had quite a bit of fun being taken on this journey! The characters are realistic and beautifully flawed, the morals are poignant and complex, and the snark that ensues in some of the internal monologues were absolutely hilarious. Katherine is the type of character I need more of in my life! I definitely recommend this to lovers of cutesy contemporaries, strong-willed and fierce women on the path to self-love, and endearing journeys. Plus, that cover is gorgeous enough to eat--so why not give it a taste?!
You never know what will happen when you just let life play out, especially love. It just seems to find you when you're least expecting it to. You have to be comfortable with yourself before you'll allow someone else in. Everyone has a past, but you have to focus on the future in order to not make the same mistakes. There's no guarantee you won't be hurt, but that's a chance you have to take before finding the luxury of love.
To find out what happens with Jake and Kath you'll have to read SUGAR & OTHER LUXURIES. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book via Xpress Book Tours in exchange for an honest blog tour review. Due to sexual situations and adult language this novel is recommended for readers 17 and older!
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