Review: Secrets of A Fat Girlfriend by Alexandra Andersen

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Secrets of A Fat Girlfriend
Author: Alexandra Andersen
Publisher: In Vino Publishing (March 14, 2013)
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance, 119 pages
Sixteen years is a long time to carry a torch for a man. Ava Costa is a self-made success, smart, pretty, and half the woman she used to be. Recently divorced, she’s created a fabulous new life for herself…that’s missing just one tiny piece of the puzzle – love.

Ava tracks down her college sweetheart Patrick and as their love affair ignites, suddenly her life starts to unravel. Now she’s wondering if carrying the torch was really worth it...will Patrick complete her life or destroy it?

Where to start. Where. To. Start. There was a number of things that I couldn't stand with this book. I did finish the book though, so I can rant a little. I'll give myself that much. The way this book is set up, you'd think you're in for a lengthy read, you're not. Everything gets crammed into this 119 pages book and at some points you're thinking, holy shit...time lapse is way overpowering. There is just too much going on for such a short book. Now, if it were lengthened a bit, I might have been a bit more nice with my rating. 

Ava Costa, beautiful, smart and holds herself up like any woman should. Except for when it comes to a certain man in her life. And that man just happens to be her first love, the man who broke her heart ten years ago and makes her crumble with his poetic words. After being apart for ten years, Ava fins herself divorces and having gained and lost over 100 lbs and looking for someone to make her feel complete. And the only way she thinks she can do that is by going back to the man she once loved and still loves. Patrick.  

Now, because this book was so short, I'm not going to give you a gazillion worded review, but lets just say there was a brief mention of Ava's ex-husband, Jed, who was at trust fund brat and didn't have any kind of motivation for life, aside from using and abusing money and Ava's money, regardless of his trust. Ava's best friend Melia who married a NFL player and had children and still looks hawt regardless of what she shoves down her throat. Ava's mother and mother and law whom are close friends even though Ava and Jed are divorced. And a few others. The books has the potential to be great but I feel like everything had certain points that needed to be made in order for the book to come to its happily ever after. Everything was just so.... abrupt and thrown at you for your to digest as you please. 

With that, I'm leaving you with my rating. 2 whopping brazen babes. I wouldn't recommend this book. It does have its good parts and I will say that some of the minor characters I would definitely love to know more about, as they were more interesting to me than the main character and her love life. 


  1. Well that sucks. Sometimes a novella isnt going to work. Cannot deal with rushed stories, you cant enjoy them fully. Well at least u were able to finish it and there were interesting side characters.

  2. Oops, too bad ! Next story will be better, I hope ;)

  3. Yikes! Lately, I tend to stay away from shorter books for many of the reasons you provided. I admit that the title does grab your attention making me think this is a love story about a real woman who just happened to be a fluffy fox. (lol) Did she need a man to feel complete despite her success? If that's the premise, and everything was rushed, this would definitely be a pass. (lol) Thanks a bunch for the review! Hugs...

  4. Yikes. That much in so few pages would be hard. :/

  5. I expect to be empowered with this types of books. I'm not model skinny, I got stretch marks and fat deposits all over my body so I will be able to relate to Ava. It blows that the execution was a bust.

  6. So disappointing that it was too short to tease out all these promising leads. Bummer, Ana!

  7. *sigh* I've been having issues with short books lately. Got any rec's?

  8. gaaah ghurl, you've got me there! I'm having issues with short books as well. I'll let you know when I find something tho. :)

  9. It really was Sophia. And I kinda wanted to rant more on about it, but come on, 119 pgs does not prompt me to write a 3 page review lol. It had it's promises tho. Thanks for stopping by!

  10. YES! Me too Braine! And it had it's good parts, but I felt Ava's character had to have meat on her for whatever reason but to add to the story, but in all honesty, if you rename the title of this book to "Secrets of a Girlfriend" there would be no differences. Sigh. I had high hopes for this one, because I too had hoped it would be empowering, alas... it was decent. And it honestly just came down to the preferences of the men in the book.

  11. Incredibly. Oh well. More books to read. Thanks for stopping by, Anna!

  12. YES! Hopefully! thanks for stopping by Red :)

  13. The way this book was set up, I wasn't expecting a novella though.. but the way it was crammed... my gawd, might as well have chopped off half the characters and have a 2 way dialogue -__- Yes! Gotta love those interesting side characters.

  14. It's always a bummer when we finish a book and we feel like this :( I always feel bad if is a new author, but disappointment sets when is an author I know can do better.
    Thanks for the heads up!

  15. Thanks!! I'll do the same to you if I find a winner :)

  16. Ugh I hate disappointing books. This book sounds like to could be so much better, but the author just fell flat.Sometimes books are much better when they are lengthier.

  17. I am so over the I am strong but I was hurt woe is me big girl I just have need a man books and it is not just the curvy reads. I mean it is realistic to have self doubt no one is on 100% all the time but dag these type of reads drive me nuts! You did good with the two babes I would not have been able to talk about it lol. Pet peeve number uno. It is even worse when you see the potential in the story.



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