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August 1st, 2017

Review: You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sarra Manning

Sweet, bookish Neve Slater always plays by the rules and the number one rule is that good-natured fat girls like her don’t get guys like gorgeous, handsome William, heir to Neve’s heart since university. But William’s been in LA for three years, and Neve’s been slimming down and re-inventing herself so that when he returns, he’ll fall head over heels in love with the new, improved her.

So she’s not that interested in other men. Until her sister Celia points out that if Neve wants William to think she’s an experienced love-goddess and not the fumbling, awkward girl he left behind, then she’d better get some, well, experience.

What Neve needs is someone to show her the ropes, someone like Celia’s colleague Max. Wicked, shallow, sexy Max. And since he’s such a man-slut, and so not Neve’s type, she certainly won’t fall for him. Because William is the man for her… right?

Initial Cover Thoughts:
The image didn’t really offer any information on the book but the blurb had me intrigued.

Read and Reviewed:
Not really 4 stars but more like 4.5 if I’m honest. I have to say that I enjoyed this book very much. Sure at times I wanted to smack Neve because she got on my nerves with over thinking things and she came off a lot older than she was, but I enjoyed it.

As per the book synopsis, Neve is a sweet overweight girl who has her eyes on the sophisticated and handsome William. William and Neve part ways due to work and school and Neve takes that time to transform her body and confidence to what she deems is good enough to win William. Throw in the sexy and Max who offers to be aid her and be used as a guinea pig and it’s nothing but laughs, deep conversation, and dare we say.. conflict of the heart?

I loved Max and I really didn’t find anything appealing about William. le shrug. I enjoyed this book and the message and beauty within its pages, but I took half a star off because I felt that all of the characters talked way more mature and sophisticated for their ages even when they weren’t really sophisticated types of character. I imagined them all like 5 or 7 years older to make the story more believable.

The story gave a great message about beauty without really being preachy. Neve’s thoughts were very accurate 80% of the time and she really embodied a real curvy woman. I recommend this book to anyone who has ever felt imperfect or didn’t feel as if they quite measured up. The love story slowly hooks you and you find yourself cheering for the bad boy rather than the poet, or at least I did. Team Max!

Quote Me:

“This book was a beautiful hidden treasure I stumbled across and truly enjoyed. ”
– Girl Jay, Love Story Reads (Blog Review)

A Taste:
“That was the worst thing about having a relationship with someone, even a pretend relationship. You opened up, let someone in, and when it was over, they had all the ammunition they needed to completely destroy you.”

Ten Keywords To Describe This Book:
Unrequited, Love, Pretend, Pancakes, BBW, Real, Insecure, Funny, Smart, Sassy

Book Boyfriend Rating:

Wishful Thinking:
More Max.. simply because he was my favorite part of this book.

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4 Heart Rating

Feel free to quote me or any portion of my review to help promote this book. Thank you for writing this piece of work and allowing me to live in your world amongst your characters for a little bit.

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