Published by Independently Published
Publication Date: March 26th, 2013
Genres: New Adult
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Fashion design major Cat Mitchell has a closet full of gorgeous clothes - and not a single thing fits. After two years of runway modeling for easy cash, an accident shattered her lower leg bone and her self-esteem in just one swift fall. Ten months of no exercise, prescription steroids, comfort eating and yoga pants meant returning to campus as a size twelve instead of her former size two.
When her gorgeous long-time friend with benefits sees her for the first time after her accident and snubs her in front of all her friends, Cat’s self-image hits rock bottom. Her sorority sisters all insist that she looks gorgeous, but all Cat sees is the roll of her stomach when she sits down, or the dimpling at the back of her thighs that wasn't there last year. Cat’s therapist prescribes something radical to stop the downward spiral - nude modeling for a nearby college's human form drawing classes.
When Cat faces her fears and bares it all for the class, she realizes that she's posing naked in front the most gorgeous, buffest guy she's ever seen in her life. He asks her out after the class, and after one steamy night together, Cat's absolutely smitten.
Nate’s pretty close to perfect – he takes Cat rock climbing when he discovers that it makes her feel strong and becomes a great chef after he learns that the perfect pesto sauce makes her swoon. Cat starts to feel like her old self again - confident and beautiful - as long as Nate's around. Even when he discourages her from entering the Real Woman Project, a design competition for plus-sized apparel, she reasons that he's just trying to prevent old body image wounds from splitting wide open again.
But when Cat goes home with Nate for Thanksgiving, she discovers something shocking from his recent past that proves that he hasn’t always been so encouraging of women of all shapes and sizes. Cat has no idea what to think, but she does know one thing - this might destroy their relationship before it's even had a chance to get off the ground.
Before Cat can figure out whether the real Nate is the sensitive, adoring guy she fell in love with, or an undercover asshole, she'll have to finally feel comfortable in her own skin - even if it means leaving him forever.
(This book contains sex and adult language.)
We live in a society that demands perfection. And perfection is usually wrapped up in a size 2 package. For me, Picture Perfect is one of those books that is a must read! As a girl on the thicker side of life, I always find it hard to identify with heroines that have the most desirable looks, and perfect bodies. In my world, that is not real. Because of the raw honesty of the main character, Cat, and her journey of self-discovery, I found Picture Perfect not only enjoyable, but a story I can identify with.
After an accident shatters Cat’s leg, she finds the cocktail of steroids, good food, yoga pants and sedimentary lifestyle has caused her to gain 60 lbs and jump from a size 2 to a 12. For most girls, weight gain is devastating as is. But for Cat, her situation is exacerbated by her modeling background.
In an effort to raise her self-esteem, a therapist assigns Cat to pose for a human-form art class. This is how she finds herself posing for Nate. Nate is buff, beautiful and oh so sweet.
“This is what a woman looks like. This is what made the masters so hungry to paint. They all knew better than the dumbass fashion magazines, Cat. Trust me. It’s amazing how so many curves can all come together into something so absolutely visually perfect.”
Yes, ladies. Nate is one big slice of swoon-worthy beefcake. He is incredibly sweet, supportive and sexy. Cat finds herself feeling beautiful in Nate’s light. But the one lesson that every girl needs to learn is that you cannot find your beauty in the eyes of someone else.
“I promise you, I’m telling you this for your own good. But you and the boy are young. So many things can happen, and his presence in your life is not guaranteed forever. I don’t want him to become a crutch.”
But when Cat enters a Real Woman Project, Nate becomes less supportive and soon a past secret threatens to undo not only Cat’s confidence, but the relationship between her and Nate…
Picture Perfect is a very well-written story about a girl learning to find her own inner beauty again. I think for all of us girls that have struggled with weight, or low self-esteem, Picture Perfect is our story too. There is a deep sadness in judging your own worth as a person with the expectations placed on us by not only our peers, but the media. Why do we associate plus size with fat or unattractive or less than perfect?
All of those woman above are plus size and look how confident and sexy they are! They look happy and proud of the bodies they have!!! Beauty is not one-size fits all. It comes in all forms, and as women, we should support and encourage others to feel comfortable in their own skin.
I cannot recommend this book enough.