Big Girl

  • by Danielle Steel
  • Narrated by Kathleen McInerney
  • 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 Los Angeles. Her parents are disappointed by their daughter’s looks.
Later in life, the one thing Victoria knows is that she has to get as far away from home as possible and, after college in Chicago (which her parents disapprove of), she moves to New York City. Landing her dream job as a high school teacher, Victoria finds joy and excitement working with her students by day--and by night continues to wage war on her weight among the sleek and buff at Manhattan’s fitness clubs. Victoria keeps a lifeline open to her family through her close relationship with her sister Gracie. For though they can’t be more different the two sisters love each other unconditionally. By contrast her parents, though across the country, still have an emotional hold on Victoria and instinctively seem to know just what to say to bring her down. Victoria knows she has been a disappointment to them all her life. No matter what she does, she can never win their approval.
When Grace announces her engagement to a man who is an exact replica of their handsome, materialistic, narcissistic father Victoria cannot help but feel even more ostracized, and like a failure once again. Ahead is a challenge and a risk: to accept herself as she is, celebrate it, and win the victories she has fought so hard for and deserves. Big girl or not, she is a gem!


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Customer Reviews

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This book was too repetitive and the idea that the main character was "a big girl" was just beat into the listener. The story was thin on plot and the author seems to be create this tale of woe about this big girl and how she overcomes her problems. Throughout the story she is less than 20 lbs overweight but is characterized as a big girl and she has major drama over her weight. The last half hour she overcomes all her problems in a way that just seems ridiculous. This book is just silly and overdramatizes the main characters issues. I just don't think 20 lbs qualifies as a big girl and I found it insulting. 20 lbs is not ideal but it does not cause major psychological issues either IMHO and that is the whole basis of this book.
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- Tracy

Just OK

This is the first Danielle Steel novel I have read/heard. The didn't seem to be much of a story or plot development, and it was repetative a lot of the time, but it was an enjoyable listen.
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- Rachel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-23-2010
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio