Muffin Top by Avery Flynn
Romantic Comedy. Second Standalone in Related Series.
As soon as I saw Muffin Top by Avery Flynn, I knew I had to read it. I love RomComs with plus-sized heroines. Especially heroines that don’t lose weight to get the guy. I also love when she has self-esteem issues she needs to overcome. Therefore Muffin Top seemed right up my alley.
I liked the characters. I liked the story. But 5 days into it I was at like 30%. Ten days into it I was at 60%. I read 3 books a week so this was very strange. I thought maybe I was just in a mood, so I put it aside. The book I read next I read in one day. It took me another 4 days to read Muffin Top. That’s two weeks total! I can’t quite put my finger on exactly why it took so long when I liked so much about it.
“If one more person told Lucy that she’d be so pretty if she just lost some weight, she was going to set them on fire.”
Lucy is so much like me. A size 20, she is defensive and filled with self-loathing one minute, and body positive and confident the next. I know it sounds crazy, but I get it. Lucy grew up with an underwear model for a mom which is tough for any girl to grow up in the shadow of. I totally got her and related to her in every way.
“I am a curious, sex-positive, grown-ass woman,” she said, her shoulders tensing and her chin going up as she withdrew her hand. “Or were you thinking it was just the old line about fat girls having to be more creative and enthusiastic in bed because it was the only way we got laid?”
I also loved Frankie, the sexy firefighter hero. Frankie is known as a good-time guy. The player is great for a quick fuck, but that’s where it ends. When this fact is pointed out to him, Frankie wants to change his ways. So he starts by offering to be a plus-one at Lucy’s high school reunion so she can go back to all the bullies with a hottie on her arm. He knows she’s safe because he doesn’t see her sexually (she’s a size 20, he goes out with models).
Frankie was an idiot when it came to women. He was basically clueless, but it was kind of cute. As he fell for Lucy her weight never seemed to be a factor for him.
“I’m not a small woman.”
“Maybe you’ve noticed,” he said, straightening to his full height. “I’m not a small guy.”
But her self-depreciation held her back. She couldn’t believe a guy like him would go for her. But it wasn’t a problem for him.
“I am not that bitch Constance, or that guy from Marino’s who told you to eat a salad, or any of the other dumbasses who’ve been too stupid to see you as you are.”
She whirled around. “Oh yeah, and what’s that?”
“One of those women who men start wars over.”
There were a number of strange story inconsistencies and some things that made it seem like the author maybe isn’t plus-sized and doesn’t get it, and then others where it seemed like she must be. One minute Lucy is saying she needs to have all her clothes and shoes custom made in wide widths, and the next she talks about her obsession with DSW 70% off rack. She is a size 20. So am I, and I never have the outright insults and difficulties she does.
I relate to feeling bad about yourself but trying to love yourself, but Lucy bounced back and forth between the two extremes a lot.
“This is what you get when you have a naked Lucy Kavanagh.” She reached behind her back to her bra clasp. “There are rolls.” The bra hooks gave way, and she shook it off, letting it drop where it may. “There are stretch marks.” She slid her thumbs into the waistband of her high-waisted panties meant to hold her not-perfect stomach in and pushed them with more force than necessary to her ankles. She kicked them off with enough power that they went flying through the night like a red cotton bullet and landed on a bush near where Frankie had parked. “There are curves where there should be dips.” She held her arms out wide. “There is all of this, and I’m not apologizing for it—not to you and not to anyone.”
- I love books with plus-sized heroines that don’t lose weight to get the guy.
- The reminder that people are going through their own shit, and not to be so quick to judge.
- I loved Frankie the firefighter.
- He didn’t obsess over her size, just appreciated her how she was.
- I loved that she was down about herself and her thoughts about her weight were a little obsessive because she was so relatable to me.
- I didn’t read the first in the series and didn’t feel like I missed anything.
- Took me 2 weeks to read.
- 3rd Person
- Muffin Top seemed really long. Fifty pages could have been cut and the story would have flowed way better. It has great bones, but from 25-70% really dragged.
- Some story inconsistencies.
- She bounced back and forth from body-positive to self-hatred a little too much.
- His whole thing with his dad – I just didn’t like how it played out.
- She should have taken more responsibility for the conflicts. He was a great guy. Her views of herself will eventually break them up.
The Down & Dirty:
Rating: 3 Stars, 4 Heat