“You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me”, by Sarra Manning

Overall Rating: 4/5

Read it, or save your time?  If you have ever felt insecure or struggled with your weight and appearance (and let’s be honest, who hasn’t?), this is a good and easy read.  You will feel like you are riding along side with the main character as she struggles to re-invent herself.

 What’s it about?  In college, smart, witty Neve Slater was 350 lbs and knew she never had a shot with her crush William, a handsome, upper-class co-ed.  Now three years later, Neve is living in London, and through hard work and dedication, has lost the weight and transformed her life.  Motivated by her correspondence with William, who now lives in LA, Neve is convinced that when he sees her ‘new and improved’ appearance, he will finally return her feelings.

Unlike most girls Neve’s age , Neve has never been intimate with a man, let alone in a real relationship.   Cue Max, a successful, handsome celebrity interviewer who has been slept with an obnoxious amount of women. Max agrees to give Neve the practice she needs in order to maintain a relationship with William upon his return to London.  They enter what they coin a “Pancake relationship”, which comes along with a set of rules…rules that may be difficult for both of them to follow. During her time with Max, Neve starts to rediscover who she is, and what she really wants out of life and love.

Reviewer’s Note: It really was inspiring, and will remind you that you never know what could be waiting right around the corner.

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