Hi All! It’s Becky, again. I found the audio book of The Law of Tall Girls on Overdrive and it sounded like a rom-com good time. Unfortunately, it did not live up to my expectations. Before I outline my thoughts and reactions to this book be warned-THERE WILL BE SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW.
Title: The Law of Tall Girls
Author: Joanne Macgregor
Note: I listened to the audio book.
Summary: Peyton Lane is tall…really tall. This seventeen-year-old non-basketball player (thank-you-very-much) is 6 feet tall and spends her days feeling like she’s a sideshow act. Peyton’s life changes when her two co-workers bet her she can’t get a tall boy to date her and take her to the prom. Peyton decides she’s going to go against her instincts and do whatever it takes to win the money she desperately needs for college. However, when Peyton begins to make a connection with Jay Young a tall boy who she may actually like (or more than like) she must decide what she’s willing to lose to win the bet.
Review: The premise of this book sounded wonderfully adorable and that part did work. Peyton was an adequate leading lady and Jay had the potential to be a charming love interest. However, their relationship was just a tiny part of this book. The book tries to walk a fine line between being a romantic story filed with hi-jinx while exploring important social issues such as mental illness and bigotry. Unfortunately, the author crammed too much into the narrow plot and the book felt muddle. Also, the anti-bigotry message was weaken by the main character and her friend describing several people as “big girls” or “heavy”. It seems that Peyton desperately wanted tall girls to be respected but overweight people don’t need the same courtesy. Yet, I may have been able to overlook those issues if it wasn’t for one particular moment near the end of the book when (FINAL SPOILER WARNING) after an argument Jay pulls Peyton’s top off while the two are onstage during the school play and she is left completely naked from the waist up. The incident is explained away and forgiven with the author trying to spin it as both character having been manipulated by the show’s director but it’s still really, really wrong. This moment is written to feel like an assault but Peyton gets over very soon and all is forgiven. I just can’t move past that. It made the whole book feel icky and made me desperately want to stop reading. There are some readers who may be okay with cruelty hidden in romance but the entire thing made me wish that I had never stumbled across this title.
Final Rating: 1.5 out of 5