Title: Measuring Up
Genre: Young Adult-Contemporary
Author: Nyrae Dawn
Release Date: August 2012
Book: E-copy sent by author
“Seventeen-year-old Annabel Conway is tired of the Hillcrest High School elite making her life miserable because she’s not a size two. This summer, she’s hiring a personal trainer to help her lose weight.
Annabel doesn’t expect her trainer to be a gorgeous guy around her age. Boys like Tegan are jerks. They pretend to like girls like her so they can make an idiot out of them. Been there, done that. Totally not going there again. She kind of hates him on principal. Blond. Muscular. Funny. It doesn’t help that he knows her measurements!
Soon, Tegan’s so much more than that. He’s the boy who teaches her to box when she has a bad day. Who jogs with her and lets her set the pace. Who kisses her until she melts. He makes her feel beautiful regardless of what the scale says. Unlike her mom, he doesn’t expect perfection, and he doesn’t try to shield her from the world like her dad and best friend. Tegan likes her the way she is.
But what happens when he’s not there? He can’t always be there…
Will Annabel be able to stand on her own and learn that she already measures up? That her worth doesn’t lie in what the world thinks, the scale says, or even what Tegan tells her—but in herself?”
We all have issues with our body. If you don’t then you are not human. I know with girls, we are always trying to loose weight. We always compare ourselves to other women no matter what.
What I adored about this book is the main purpose of being happy with yourself. Annabel has dealt with being overweight for a long time. She’s dealt with the name calling and even dealing with her mother’s comment. I really loved how Ms. Dawn capture emotions so well. Once in Annbel’s shoes I felt her desperation of wanting to loose weight, of just for once, wanting to be accepted and not ridiculed.
The love interest in the book is exactly what I wanted. A guy who knows all about be name called or made fun of. He like Annabel for her heart and not her image. He gave her strength and encouragement when she needed it the most. And Annbel did the same. When she found him turning away from her, she fought for him just as hard. I adored watching them truly love each other.
Measuring Up encompasses the true meaning of love. It gives hope to those who believe they are unworthy. If your looking for a heart-moving, engrossing book Measuring Up is for you. The portraits of judgements and who you think you are all starts with YOU! As Nyrae Dawn says,” This book is dedicated to anyone who has ever felt like they don’t quite “measure up”. YOU DO.”
I give it 5 BITES!