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Adele swims every day at the leisure center. She always has her eye out for the hot lifeguard, Oliver. She believes he is way out of her league because he is handsome and fit and she is a girl with a few extra pounds.
Oliver, the lifeguard, admires Adele from afar – on top of his lifeguard stand. He admires Adele's strength as a swimmer as well as her self-control around mean-spirited peers, who enjoy talking about Adele's size front of everyone. Their comments are far from flattering!
After an interlude in the sauna, Oliver and Adele seem to be on the right track, but poor Oliver makes a comment for which the author doesn't seem to forgive him (*smile*) but it moves the story along and we get to enjoy their sweet bumbling around.
Xanthia Bloom has a wonderful voice and gives a perfect performance with her lovely accent.
This short story is reminiscent of Bridget Jones's Diary. I would consider it feel good, Chic Lit. Fantastic for any occasion, beach or otherwise. However, it is not something you want to listen to in the car with the little ones, as there are several NC-17 scenes that began about halfway through the book. :-)
Five stars all around
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Mean Girls was a great short story about how love is love no matter the body image. I adored the way Oliver found Adele irresistible and made her aware of his attraction. I especially loved how he defended her even when she didn't need him to. The narration was good. The only struggle I had with this is I believe Adele was a middle aged woman but was dealing with catty high school drama. Overall this was a sweet read with a little spice! I received this book free in exchange for a honest review.
Where does Mean Girls rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Uplifting story where the sexy girl is big, buxom and upbeat, the skinny girls are mean and do not attract the lifeguard.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Adele, she was strong, self assured and refused to let mean girls get to her.
Have you listened to any of Xanthia Bloom’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Not listened to one before, this was a pleasant starter
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Oliver the tongued tied hero become extremely out spoken and protective of his size 20 girlfriend. It makes a great change to see that not all heroines are a size 10
Any additional comments?
“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”
This book is a snapshot into the start of a wonderfully sexy, fun and mature relationship. Interestingly, it doesn't begin from first sight. The two characters, Adele and Oliver are already aware of each other, attracted to each other and equally unsure of themselves. They both know what they like, know what they want and suffer from a slight lack of confidence. I suppose sometimes we see ourselves so clearly that we miss the parts of ourselves that are truly amazing. This is definitely true of the protagonists.
That said, this short, easy-to-listen-to story is a celebration of attraction in all its forms and a poignant criticism of today's standards of beauty. It is delightfully funny and remarkable real in its approach to insecurities, sex and the preconceived expectations of beauty. For such a short story to do all this and not miss out on keeping-it-real (and a little messy) sex is pretty incredible.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.