Big Girl

Big Girl

Book - 2010
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In this heartfelt and incisive new novel, Danielle Steel celebrates the virtues of unconventional beauty while exploring deeply resonant issues of weight, self-image, sisterhood, and family.
A chubby little girl with blond hair, blue eyes, and ordinary looks, Victoria Dawson has always felt out of place in her family, especially in body-conscious L.A. Her father, Jim, is tall and slender, and her mother, Christina, is a fine-boned, dark-haired beauty. Both are self-centered, outspoken, and disappointed by their daughter's looks. When Victoria is six, she sees a photograph of Queen Victoria, and her father has always said she looks just like her. After the birth of Victoria's perfect younger sister, Gracie, her father liked to refer to his firstborn as our tester cake. With Gracie, everyone agreed that Jim and Christina got it right.
While her parents and sister can eat anything and not gain an ounce, Victoria must watch everything she eats, as well as endure her father's belittling comments about her body and see her academic achievements go unacknowledged. Ice cream and oversized helpings of all the wrong foods give her comfort, but only briefly. The one thing she knows is that she has to get away from home, and after college in Chicago, she moves to New York City.
Landing her dream job as a high school teacher, Victoria loves working with her students and wages war on her weight at the gym. Despite tension with her parents, Victoria remains close to her sister. And though they couldn't be more different in looks, they love each other unconditionally. But regardless of her accomplishments, Victoria's parents know just what to say to bring her down. She will always be her father's big girl, and her mother's constant disapproval is equally unkind.
When Grace announces her engagement to a man who is an exact replica of their narcissistic father, Victoria worries about her sister's future happiness, and with no man of her own, she feels like a failure once again. As the wedding draws near, a chance encounter, an act of stunning betrayal, and a family confrontation lead to a turning point.
Behind Victoria is a lifetime of hurt and neglect she has tried to forget, and even ice cream can no longer dull the pain. Ahead is a challenge and a risk: to accept herself as she is, celebrate it, and claim the victories she has fought so hard for and deserves. Big girl or not, she is terrific and discovers that herself.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385343183
0385343183
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 323 p.

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marsar11
Jan 02, 2017

UGH, horrible parents belittling her from birth, repetitive narrative of gaining and losing weight, never confronts them. Dissappointing.

milleya Sep 29, 2012

This is the first novel I read by Danielle Steel and i must say I loved it. This novel was extremely touching and anyone could relate to her characters. I will say that I did feel that her ending was a little rushed; however besides that, I completely loved it.

julianacf Jan 05, 2012

I used to read a lot of Daniel Steel but havent had the time to. This is the first book of her's that I have read in a while and i have to say that it is a very deep story unlike anything that I've ever read by her. It is an amazing story of a girl who struggles with her unaccepting family, her belief she isn't good enough and her eating disorder. It is such an inspirational book and i truly enjoyed it!

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owie07
Aug 20, 2011

This was the first Danielle Steel book I have read in many years. I was very disappointed! I remember her books being great, hard to put down. This book repeated itself over and over....very hard to get into and even harder to finish

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claire1953
May 22, 2011

This heartwarming story by Danielle Steel will hit home for a lot of people struggling with their weight. A disappointment to her parents for being different from them, she lives in the shadow of a younger sibling who met the expectations of her parents for her beauty. Nonetheless, Victoria comes out ahead in the end when she meets a man who loves her for who she is.

rlfeltes Apr 18, 2011

This was my FIRST Danielle Steel Book and I was very disappointed. The "story" was very well thought out. Problem was I want to be drawn into the story not read about it.
The ending was a HUGE let down. You want Victoria to finally take control of her life and stand up for herself, but just as through out the rest of the book.... she whimped-out and let someone else do her "talking".
Not a recomended read for someone who wants to be "in" the story.

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reader03
Jan 17, 2011

i enjoyed this book even though it was sad that the girl's parents didn't really care about her accomplishments, only her weight. it was a great story about growing up and learning how to be comfortable with who you are.

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a_campbell
Oct 27, 2010

This book was great from start to finish. I never wanted to put the book down! Although the ending wasn't as good as I would have hoped, it still was not terrible. Steel pulls you into her book and makes you feel what her characters are going through. It is more of a light read, but you have to read it!

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momoffive
Jul 16, 2010

A pretty good read. The main character is excellent because what she goes through is so true for so many people. I am glad she turns out to be such a nice person, not a catty b...ch.

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Genevieve126
Jul 08, 2010

Awesome book!

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