A fun story. I liked it. Didn't want to (the cover mentions "female empowerment," for crying out loud) but I did. Picked it from the 'clearance' cart at the UBS, thinking it might be appropriate for a pre-teen niece. (It's not.) Other reviews describe the plot: Fat Charlotte is told she is dying. She robs a bank, stashes $2 million in suitcases in the used car she bought, runs off to Hollywood, gets a fabulous apartment, becomes un-fat, finds a fabulous pool boy (who happens to be a lawyer). But he's married... wait, no he's not. Sounds like a Lifetime movie, sappy and improbable. But remember the F-word: it's Fiction. The cover has the title in pink script, so it has to have a happy ending. Of course everything works out with the trial, jail time, the former best friend, the new boyfriend, and (almost) everything else.
Was hooked after the first few pages. Charlotte is a delightful character. The dog-loving neighbor, Dolly, reminds me of Margery, the purple-clad landlady in Elaine Viets' Dead-End Job series. Dolly-- improbably, and sadly-- figures in the ultimate contribution to the happily-ever-after ending. The book is fairly long (430 pages in MMPB) but fast to read. Two police officers are minor characters. I would like to see them have a bigger role in some future book.
Nice story, easy read, great vacation book!
A great book! I couldn't put it down. It makes you dream about what you'd do with $2 million dollars when starting a brand new life!
Ehh... This was not a good book. I expected, from its description and some of the reviews, something light and fun - a beach-read. And while the plot was certainly ridiculous enough to qualify and there were a few parts that sort of made me chuckle, there was something inherently alienating, off-putting about the whole book. The way the book was written, its "style" (if you could really call it that), made it seem like watching fish act out a story through thick aquarium glass that had never been cleaned. You could snatch glimpses of something real, but you could never actually connect with any of the characters through the dirty glass of her words. Her most realistic creations were the dogs... I'm glad that I picked up this one up in the dollar section! It is a shame, because as ridiculous and predictable as the plot was, I think that there was real potential here for this to be a genuinely fun book.
What a great story. The main character, an obese young woman, is told by her doctor that she is going to die. So, she does what any woman in that situation would do. She steals a ton of money and moves across country to live the rest of her life as she always wanted to live.