Measuring Up by Nyrae Dawn

Published October 1, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Seventeen-year-old Annabel Conway is tired of the Hillcrest High School elite making her life miserable because she’s not a size two. This summer, she’s hiring a personal trainer to help her lose weight.

Annabel doesn’t expect her trainer to be a gorgeous guy around her age. Boys like Tegan are jerks. They pretend to like girls like her so they can make an idiot out of them. Been there, done that. Totally not going there again. She kind of hates him on principal. Blond. Muscular. Funny. It doesn’t help that he knows her measurements!

Soon, Tegan’s so much more than that. He’s the boy who teaches her to box when she has a bad day. Who jogs with her and lets her set the pace. Who kisses her until she melts. He makes her feel beautiful regardless of what the scale says. Unlike her mom, he doesn’t expect perfection, and he doesn’t try to shield her from the world like her dad and best friend. Tegan likes her the way she is.

But what happens when he’s not there? He can’t always be there…

Will Annabel be able to stand on her own and learn that she already measures up? That her worth doesn’t lie in what the world thinks, the scale says, or even what Tegan tells her—but in herself? From Goodreads.

Now this book was great. Both characters were very realistic because they both had their flaws. Annabel had her weight issues and Tegan had his super hero issues. I loved that Annbell was trying so hard to lose weight, not only to show people that she is awesome no matter what size but also to do it for herself. I totally get the stigma of being a bigger girl, mainly because I am one myself. The only difference is that I like the way I look no matter what size now.

I know that there are SOOOOO many swoonworthy boys from books out there but there was something about Tegan that I absolutely adored. It might have been that even though Annabell was bigger he saw her, not her weight. He cared about the person behind her looks which was so sweet and amazing.

His family had some issues and her family had them as well. But in the end they overcame some pretty crappy odds. Tegan totally had his moment, after a huge step was taken in their relationship, where I wanted to smack him upside the head. The entire story was great. Actually there hasn’t been a book by Nyrae Dawn that I haven’t fallen in love with.

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.


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