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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

You Don't Have To Say You Love Me by Sarra Manning

I actually finished this book July 28th but am just now getting around to writing my review. I have one to post right after this too.

*** Spoiler Alert ***

I've been on a string of foreign books, mainly British ones. I don't know how I ended up with these chick-lit ones but I LOVE THEM. And this one has been one of my favorites so far. Wow. Wow. Wow.

Neve Slater, "Neevy", is a workout queen. She's lost a ton of weight but still sees herself as the 'fat' girl. She's always been the big girl of the family and all her life, she was teased for being fat. 

She works at an Archive, where she takes care of old publications. Everyone thinks she's a librarian. But she loves her job despite working for a curmudgeon. 

She decided long ago to work herself down to a size 10 but one of her major incentives was to do it for William, a young intellect like her, who shared her passion in literature. He had taking tenure to the states and they had exchanged letters and phone calls, talking about books and he used her to help him do research for his work there. But he's her carrot for desperately losing more weight, to no longer be the fat girl she has been all of her life.

Her sister works for a fashion magazine and manages to coax her out where she meets the fabulously gorgeous Max, her sister's boss, who also happens to be somewhat of a man-whore.  He shows interest in her that very evening and they make out and almost do it but Neve chickens out and Max leaves...

...But the story continues with an arrangement after she writes Max an apology. Explaining that she's never really had sex with anyone and that she's saving herself for William. They decide to have this "pancake" relationship: where the first pancake is not the BEST pancake, but it's pretty good. But it's the second pancake that turns out best...the analogy for her impending relationship - the second - with William. Max would help her practice being in a relationship and Max? He would just have fun showing her around.

You can imagine what happens next...and reading how it happens is oh so wonderful. Max is super funny and sexy. Neevy is super wonderful. This is just one book any girl who loves chick-lit MUST read. I haven't read Fifty Shades of Grey but there were some parts in here that I thought I wouldn't need that book...Oh yeah. I'm not done with Sarra Manning.

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