Picture Perfect

Written by: Alessandra Thomas

Recommended by: Denise Grover Swank

Price at time of purchase: $3.99

Genre: Contemporary, new adult romance

Give a brief description of the story.

Fashion design major Cat Mitchell used to be a runway model until an accident made it difficult for her to walk, let alone strut down a runway. Several months later and sixty pounds heavier, Cat’s life has entirely changed, and not for the better. None of her beautiful clothes fit and her boyfriend publicly dumps her. At the urging of her therapist, she accepts a nude modeling job at nearby college art class and meets Nate, who sees past her size and helps her realize it’s what’s inside that counts.

What did you think the author did particularly well?

It doesn’t take a genius to realize that we live in a culture obsessed with weight. Ms. Thomas does a great job of portraying Cat’s struggle to accept who she is now and whether she is worthy of the love from an attractive man. I love that Nate is just a really nice guy (most of the time.) He’s not the stereotypical bad boy, and it was a refreshing change.

What was your favorite thing about the story?

I love that Cat doesn’t solve her problems by losing weight and becoming skinny again. Cat learns to love who she is despite how much weight she carries on her body.

Women who struggle with body image issues and fans of the Lifetime show Drop Dead Diva might enjoy this story.

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