*REVIEW* Wicked Jealous: A Love Story
Simone never saw herself as the “cute girl”—she was always the chunky, band tee wearing, France-obsessed smart girl. But now that Simone’s a few pounds lighter and sporting a new retro style, things have gotten, well, weird. Her crush Jason seems to actually know she exists. And when Simone’s soon-to-be stepmonster Hillary stops ignoring her, Simone knows something is up. When Simone’s brother offers to let her move in with him and his six roommates on the beach for the summer, Simone jumps at the chance. But living with seven very different college boys isn’t exactly helping her land her very own happily ever after.
What an adorable book! Wicked Jealous: A Love Story is a modern re-telling of Snow White and it is super cute, entertaining, and you'll find yourself rooting against the evil step-monster-to-be and rooting for the sweet girl who is slowly coming into her own. This is the perfect feel good summer book and everyone should scoop it up when it releases on July 19th.
The book begins by introducing us to Simone, the "Weird Fat Girl" who is most comfortable when she feels invisible, hiding from the world behind baggy clothes, extra pounds, and lots of super long hair. Simone never knew her mother, who died giving birth to her, and has turned to food for longer than she can remember for comfort. Just when Simone thinks things couldn't be worse, enter Hillary, a self-absorbed, over-bearing, and potentially evil woman who begins dating Simone's father. Things turn serious between the two which is how Simone finds herself shipped off to her brother's house for a month in the summer while her dad and Hillary take the family vacation--alone.
But before this happens, a miraculous thing happens to Simone... she begins losing weight. Inspired by Zumba, and some friendly middle-aged women who take the class with her, Simone begins focusing on a healthier life style. Simone's best friend, Nicola, takes the opportunity to perform the makeover of ALL makeovers on Simone, taking her from the sidelines of life and shoving her into the spotlight. Because hidden behind all of Simone's defenses was one seriously smokin' and interesting girl.
Simone enters into a summer, living with a house full of boys, that will change her life forever. She begins to learn who she really is, the things that matter to her, and gains confidence in her ability to know what is best for her and her life. It's possible that Simone just may fall in love, but will Hillary find a way to mess that up... permanently? You've got to read it to find out!
I really, really, really enjoyed this book. It was a super cute and relatable book and Simone was just a doll. I guess I can relate to her because I've struggled with weight and know how hiding behind those kinds of things can be a safety barrier. I found myself rooting for her, desperate to see her achieve true happiness. And the love thing? All I can say is, I saw that one coming and it couldn't have come fast enough! Definitely recommend this to all. Great, great read! Enjoy! *XOXO*