Wednesday, April 15, 2015
REVIEW: Weightless by Michele Gorman
Author: Michele Gorman
Publisher: Notting Hill Press
Publication Date: January, 2014
Description: Sometimes looks can be deceiving…
Annabel's not surprised when nobody recognizes her at her 10 year reunion. The spotty fat teen nicknamed AnnaBall by the school bullies is long gone. But standing on the edge of the popular crowd, she still feels like that girl. That is, until Jack, her teen crush, starts flirting with her. Much to her amusement, he has mistaken her for Christy Blake, Annabel's chief tormenter before she moved to France in their last year.
It's just a bit of fun at first, letting Jack believe she's Christy. After all, he was nuts about her before she said au revoir to England. And when he asks Annabel out, the fun becomes something even more interesting. The more they date the deeper they fall for each other. So what if Annabel has to fib a little to keep up the façade?
As the lies start compounding, and she realizes that they're falling in love, she has to tell him who she really is. But she'll lose the love of her life if she does.
My Thoughts: With Weightless, Michele Gorman offers a very short but fun story about a woman who attends her ten year high school reunion and is mistaken for her nemesis. Initially, Annabel does not correct him and figures she will let it play out and will eventually come clean. What harm could it cause? Unfortunately, as the lies increase, so do their feelings for one another. Annabel knows she faces losing the love of her life but also knows she cannot let the lies continue. The big question is does she come clean or risk being exposed and what will happen when Jack learns the truth?
I really enjoyed this story and empathized with Annabel’s predicament. Though she is no longer the overweight teen, as an adult, she still feels the insecurity she felt back then. She has worked hard to lose the weight and has redefined herself as a dietician, helping others battle their weight issues. I thought it was completely understandable why Annabel would be reluctant to disclose the truth when the man she had a major crush on would show interest in her. In her place, I don’t know if I would have handled it differently, either. This little book delivers a huge surprise when the truth is revealed and the bottom drops out for Annabel. I felt bad for Annabel and the charade she felt she had to play and I felt bad for Jack for the feelings of betrayal and loss. I liked them both and didn’t want to see either one of them hurt.
My Final Verdict: This book is filled with characters you will feel connected to and a story that keeps the reader engaged and interested. If you are in between full length books and looking for a fun and short read, I highly recommend giving Weightless a try.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Weightless from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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