Book Review: Big Girl

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One of Danielle Steel best novel, I would say. It tells us the story of a girl named Victoria, who appeared to be rather big, and somehow emotionally rejected by her own parents due to her physical appearance. The rejection started from the day she was born and all along her teenage and adult life.

Victoria projected her sadness and anger on food. Thus, her overweight was like a battle she could never win. She rarely received acknowledgement or appreciation form her parents, no matter how good things are with her life. Her parents comments always leaved scar. All of her life she is convinced that she’s worthless. Until, someday she found someone who really love her for who she is, not by the size of her body.

I love the book simply because the story is relatable for me, as a daughter and as a parent.

As a kid, i grew up with a lot of pressure. I was over criticized, especially on my academical achievements. The over criticism went on and, borrowing Steel’s line, it has somehow broken my radar of criticism. I perceived critics, verbal or nonverbal, big or small, as threat. It makes me feel less and sometimes make life feels harder.

Meanwhile, as parents, we tend to set expectations on our children. Some parents are busy in pushing their children to meet the so-called standard, so that society would label them parents of the year award. They forgot that every child is special in their own way. What we can do best is to love them for who they are and facilitate them to be the best version of themselves.

Big Girl is not a parenting book or even a self-help one, but i do find it full of values to deal with self worth issues and lots of DOs and DONT’s of parenthood 🙂

Big love for the book and for Danielle Steel 🙂

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Book Review: The Absolute Value of Mike,,

Trust me, even though the cover of this book looks cute and funny, i ended up crying after reading it. The words used in this book seem so simple, but the story is very deep. The characters are unique and i laugh most of the time reading the way they behave.

The story of Mike, the main character, finding his own true passion and the courage to talk to his father about it is quite inspiring because most of us, i think, sometimes trapped in a negative or not-so-good label given by other people, or even by ourselves. However, we do have power to change that label and make the most of our lives.

Another thing is about parents. Since we were kids, we look up to our parents. They were always there, took care of us and we unconciusly think that they are superhumans. And we began to expect things from them. However, as we grow older, we begin to see that sometimes they failed to meet those expectations and we started to let those misunderstandings grow inside our minds. But hey, remember this, they are NOT superhumans! They are normal human, with limitation, just like us. And since they’re always tried their whole life to understand us and accept us, i think it’s the time for us to do the same,,

Book Review: Shopaholic to the Stars and to the Rescue

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Becky is baaaack!! After a long hiatus since Mini Shopaholic, Sophie Kinsella give us not only one, but two sequel books of the famous Shopaholic series: Shopaholic to the Stars and Shopaholic to the Rescue. And as usual, the books are hilariously fun!!

In the first book, Becky take us to Hollywood where he and Luke (and cutest Minnie!!) have just moved in. Being so close with the celebrity world, Becky of course wanted to take a sip and be on the spotlight. However, things are getting out of control as she was dragged into this celebrity drama.

And not only that, there’s a bigger issue with her family too. Yes, if in the previous books the family problem is usually come from Luke’s side, now it’s from Becky’s side. Her father, lovable Mr. Bloomwood, apparently have some interesting past that he’s trying to hide until today. And he’s gone to Vegas to have it fixed.

And so in the second book we will follow Becky and the gang to look for her father to get the truth and to help him fulfill his mission. Together they tackle down a billionaire in order to give justice to one of Mr. Bloomwood’s friend. Sound so serious, but Sophie managed to elaborate it in a fun and full of surprise way!

PS: Alicia Bitch-Long-Legged is back as well. Beware!! 😀