Big Girl by Danielle Steel

Reviewed by Kate, age 19, New Hampshire
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Victoria has grown up her whole life with her father's cruel words echoing through her head, whether they were about how fat she was, how much she looked like Queen Victoria, or how she was the "tester-cake" baby, not as perfect as her younger sister, Gracie. And her mother was the perfect trophy wife, hanging on her father's arm, supporting everything he said. But, despite their extra love for perfect Gracie, Victoria loves her little sister unconditionally, and the two are inseparable. That is, until Gracie starts college and meets Mr. Right on her very first day.

Now, at only 22, Gracie is engaged to the senior she met when she was a freshman. Her father approves, of course, as he is from a wealthy family and this will make him look good. Victoria, on the other hand, almost 30 years old, is living on her own in New York with hardly any love life at all, and is still as imperfect as always in her family's eyes. Yet, she has her morals and common sense, and quickly realizes that Mr. Right isn't so perfect either, especially for her younger sister.

As the wedding approaches, things are tense between the two sisters as they argue and fight about Gracie's upcoming marriage to none other than Mr. Wrong himself, and Victoria begins to doubt her own sister, who is becoming more and more like their mother each and every day.

Big Girl is truly a wonderful story with a realistic twist on storytelling. It's a breath of fresh air from the typical books written about beautiful people and their beautiful lives - skinny, healthy, and perfect, which clearly is not reality these days. Big Girl opens the door to all girls young and old of all shapes and sizes, and provides a wonderful story about true beauty and reality.

Danielle Steel herself does a wonderful job breaking away from the norm of writing and brings to life the reality of keeping fit, staying healthy, and being beautiful, no matter what the scale says you weigh.

I truly enjoyed living life with Victoria, sharing her emotions and experiences every step of the way. In some spots, the story is a bit quick paced, but it captures every moment of her life from the history of her parents' relationship to the moment of Gracie's wedding. I found my heart breaking at the harsh words of her father and my anger pulsing as I watched Gracie make one stupid and selfish decision after another as she turns more and more into her mother. I laughed at the humor and smiled through the joyous moments, and when I finished, I couldn't have asked for a more refreshing story.

I give Big Girl 4 out of 5 stars!

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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