Thursday, 18 June 2015

BOOK REVIEW: Weightless by Michele Gorman

Weightless is a short story by Michele Gorman, and having enjoyed her previous books (which include Single in the City, Bella Summer Takes a Chance and more recently, The Curvy Girls' Club), I had to check it out.

When one-time school heartthrob Jack meets Annabel at the school reunion, it's a strange moment. Especially when he mistakes her for her popular, school nemesis, Carly. After all, Carly was the beautiful girl that everyone adored. Unfortunately, Annabel was was invisible to everyone but the bullies, including Carly, who constantly poked fun at her size. So when she's lurking in the shadows and is approached by Jack, who was once the boy of her dreams, she's immediately surprised.

Annabel has come a long way since school, ditching the bullies to go to uni, dropping the weight and gaining a successful career as a dietician, helping others through not just weight loss, but also to re-gain that lost body confidence. And when she's thought to be the girl who once put her through so much misery at school...well, why not go along with it?

Amused, she plays along - after all, what's the harm in pretending for one night only? But things quickly become difficult when Jack wants to see her again. And when the pair start dating, it's only a matter of time before the secret's out.

Can Annabel really tell him the truth? That she's not Carly, but the big, bullied girl who used to admire him from afar?

I finished Weightless in one sitting, unable to put it down until I had found out just what happened to Annabel and Jack. Though this story did not end as I had expected! The're a special twist that's surprising and fun, and really made the set-up much more exciting. I instantly liked Annabel and had to keep reading to see how far she could take her new alter-ego.

Weightless is a wonderful story about mistaken identity, confidence, love, and learning to love yourself for who you are.

Rating: 5/5

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