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B as in Beauty

Author: Alberto Ferreras
Originally Published: 2009
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing, a part of the Hachette Book Group

B as in BeautyIn B as in Beauty, B thinks that her weight is keeping her back in life – it’s keeping her from finding a man, and it’s keeping her from getting that promotion at work that she so obviously deserves. But soon, B meets a tax accountant who soon becomes a fairy godmother type character (or a pimp, depending on how you look at it) to her. Soon B is realizing that there are people out there that find her body so desirable, and are willing to pay a premium just to spend time with her. This new realization helps boost her confidence and helps her to realize that everything she had believed about her body before was completely wrong.

YES. Another chicklit book I thoroughly enjoyed. A chicklit book without flakey characters! A book about how we need to love ourselves and about how finding a man isn’t going to solve all of our problems! A book that shows how we can all love our bodies, no matter the shape or size!

(And yet, I have to admit that it strikes me as being a little odd that this chicklit book that I so thoroughly enjoyed is written by a man, and that he seemed to really get the voice of a woman down really well.)

This book reminded me very much of that awesome TV series, Secret Diary of a Call Girl. It had the same conversational thing going where it feels like the narrator is actually talking to you, as opposed to you reading or watching what the narrator was doing. And although in the tv series, Billie Piper’s character is an actual call girl, in this book B isn’t paid for sex, but she is paid as a “comfort provider.”

There were only two things that really bothered me about this book. First is that there is occasionally random dialogue thrown in in Spanish. A lot of times the next sentence gives a bit of a translation, but sometimes, you’re left to guess what it means on your own. As I live in Canada and never had to learn Spanish, when the text didn’t translate what was being said, I was left with no clue. A little annoying, but there were only a few instances where this happened.

The other was the last chapter. It read more like an epilogue than an actual part of the story. You know those epilogues that feel like those scenes in movie credits? “This person ended up going to prison for forty years blah blah blah while this person inspired all the children he/she knew to embrace the happy pink bunnies that had overpopulated their neighbourhood!” Well, not exactly like that, but you know what I mean…

Bottom Line: Definitely a cute read. Not something I would read again, but something I did so thoroughly enjoy. I’d be interested in seeing what else Ferreras writes in the future.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 7:38 am May 3, 2009.
Category: Chick Lit
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  • Alea

    I watched Secret Diary of a Call Girl just this weekend and I completely agree, I was thinking about that when I was watching it!

  • Sheri

    I read and reviewed this book, too! I was also surprised at the fact that this book was written by a man!