Curvy Girls Can’t Date Quarterbacks by Kelsie Stelting

Hi All! It’s Becky. I wanted a fluffy YA romance to help me overcome my new longer commute, and I was excited when I found Curvy Girls Can’t Date Quarterbacks. Unfortunately, this book turned out to be more disappointing than amazing.

Title: Curvy Girls Can’t Date Quarterbacks
Author: Kelsie Stelting
Note: I listened to the audiobook.

Summary: Rory is a plus-sized senior in high school who has spent her whole life battling mean girls who want to cut her down because of her size. The head mean girl, Merritt, bets Rory that she can’t make the school’s star quarterback, Beckett Langley, to take her to the homecoming dance. Rory is fed-up with everyone judging her and takes the bet, and to her shock, Rory catches Beckett’s eye. The two grow close, and Rory must decide if she can let down her walls and open up to Beckett or if her insecurities will pull them apart.

Reviews: I wanted to love this book, I wanted this book to the book that fifteen-year-old Becky would have needed, but that is not the book I got. Rory should have been a strong, body-accepting, main character but instead, she was a waffling, insecure girl who never really stood up for herself. She spends the entire book saying she is proud of her body, but she never really shows us that she is comfortable in her own skin. Also, I found it a little annoying that the author felt it was necessary to highlight Rory’s bad eating habits. She has a medical condition (one that I am quite familiar with) that makes weight loss difficult. We know this because she keeps telling us, but every chance the author gets she highlights how much Rory snacks. I would have been able to move past my disappointment in Rory if the rest of the book was well done, but it wasn’t. Merritt is a stereotypical mean girl to the point that she was almost a cartoon, Rory’s mother was a body-shamming nightmare, and the great friends Rory makes aren’t that great. Then there is Beckett, who is written to be such a perfect dreamboat that he feels like he stepped out of some kind of teen movie parody. The entire novel comes together to create something that reminded me greatly of a direct to video movie and not a book that made me want to read the sequel.

Final Rating: 2 out of 5

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