Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Fat Chance The Kingsley Series, Book 1 by Brandi Kennedy

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Ok so before I start on my review.  Know this.  This is a must read.  I kid you not.  I seldom get this excited about an author and a book these days.  I simply read too much.  This book, this author though is worth my excitement.  The story, the theme, the moral is one all woman should read and "Get".  Ok enough preaching. Onto the blurb via Goodreads.

Meet Cassaundra Keaton, an adult orphan raised in the foster system. She's overweight and struggling to survive in a world that makes her feel like she can never fit in. Follow her journey as she learns to trust and love herself, and watch her grow as she finds love. But will an issue from her past rise up to ruin her new life?

More about the author again thanks to Goodread
Brandi Kennedy

Goodreads Author


in Deland, Florida, The United States 
February 17, 1984





member since
January 2013

About this author

Brandi Kennedy is a freelance writer, novelist and poet. A woman of varied interests, she loves photography, music of all kinds, knitting, crochet, and of course, mothering her two young daughters. Currently, she finds her home in the heart of Knoxville, Tennessee, among the mountains and the members of her extended family.

Ok so once in a while I come accross a book that is totally unique. At times it might be that the story, plot, characters or writing style is what sets the story apart. 
In this case it is the writing style. The author chose to write this story with a raw unpolished affect that really worked astoundingly well. Little in the story is glossed over, even less is written to fit the perfect formula we are all used to. No insta love. No triangle. No heroics and yes, extreme choices. Real angst and even more pain told with an honesty that made me reel. 

The offset to this is the happy ending. Hope and growth. Admittedly I did not agree with the way our main protagonist at times dealt with certain situations. This disagreement with her choices made me feel even more connected, not less. Why? For she is totally human. Going to extremes at times by what drives her personally and not by what is to be expected. 

Plot: 4* for its fresh, raw look at body issues and being bullied as an adult.
Editing: line and content 4* 
Character development: 5+ *. These are the most human main characters I have come accross in a long time. Some of the subsidiary or peripheral characters were a bit underveloped but that served it's own use. 
Setting: 5*. We all have issues. Be it with our body or something else. The theme of the book is to do something about your perception of it and I loved this. No quick fix. Hard soul searching work. 
All in all. 4*. This book is a good one, a really good one but the topic and raw emotions laid bare made it not an easy read although it makes it a MUST read!

WaAr rrg

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