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Big Girl Panties: A Novel | [Stephanie Evanovich]

Big Girl Panties: A Novel

Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich is a rollicking and poignant romantic comedy about a young widow who decides to get in shape...and winds up getting her groove back - and a whole lot more! Holly Brennan used food to comfort herself through her husband's illness and death. Now she's alone at age 32. And she weighs more than she ever has. When fate throws her in the path of Logan Montgomery, personal trainer to pro athletes, and he offers to train her, Holly concludes it must be a sign. Much as she dreads the thought of working out, Holly knows she needs to put on her big girl panties and see if she can sweat out some of her grief.
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Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich is a rollicking and poignant romantic comedy about a young widow who decides to get in shape...and winds up getting her groove back - and a whole lot more!

Holly Brennan used food to comfort herself through her husband's illness and death. Now she's alone at age 32. And she weighs more than she ever has. When fate throws her in the path of Logan Montgomery, personal trainer to pro athletes, and he offers to train her, Holly concludes it must be a sign. Much as she dreads the thought of working out, Holly knows she needs to put on her big girl panties and see if she can sweat out some of her grief.

Soon, the easy intimacy and playful banter of their training sessions lead Logan and Holly to most intense and steamy workouts. But can Holly and Logan go the distance as a couple now that she's met her goals - and other men are noticing?

©2013 Stephanie Evanovich (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Chelly Ashland, NH, United States 11-13-13
    Chelly Ashland, NH, United States 11-13-13
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    "I loved it!!"
    What did you love best about Big Girl Panties?

    I bought it because Janet Evanovich is one of my favorites and I thought perhaps Stephanie was related. I loved this book!!!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Judith D. Collins West Palm Beach, Fl 09-02-13
    Judith D. Collins West Palm Beach, Fl 09-02-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Full of Humor and Life Lessons!"
    What did you love best about Big Girl Panties?

    Loved the humor and wit as well as being a lesson for us all. Both of the main characters was able to learn from one another.


    What other book might you compare Big Girl Panties to and why?

    Jennifer Weiner's books (have read them all). Heavy girl with a great personality, witty, and gets her man.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Holly connects with Chase/Amaada (Logan's friends) and fits in and finds her new BFF.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Its not over until the fat lady sings


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to reading more this author and Katie was excellent (wish she were reading more of the audible books).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    CAgirlinNH 05-06-14
    CAgirlinNH 05-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Predictable & Unrealistic. Syrupy Sweet."
    What did you love best about Big Girl Panties?

    What I liked best is the heroine is not your typical model beauty.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Predicted it in Chapter 3.


    What does Katie Schorr bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nothing.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Logan finally 'got it'.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly COLUMBUS, OH, United States 11-20-13
    Kelly COLUMBUS, OH, United States 11-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Read - deeper than a puddle"
    Would you listen to Big Girl Panties again? Why?

    Good story and endearing characters... worth a round two


    Any additional comments?

    More warm&fuzzy than hot and steamy

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sherri 11-18-13
    Sherri 11-18-13 Member Since 2012

    Sherri

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    "Love, Love, Love This One!"

    Other than LOVING the title, the characters were warm and seemingly real. Real interesting, real funny and real. This is the best "what if..." kinda book that stays awhile after you've read/listen to it. I had slacked off on my exercising but while reading this I jumped back into it and lost a good 10lbs along with the main character. I am glad that the image that the main character is left with is a good one. We are what we are and no matter how much we might exercise no one will be what someone else is and its okay. I love how the best lesson from this book is BE YOU, be the BEST YOU! It doesn't matter what size you are as long as you are YOU and that is just fine.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JEAN nederland, TX, United States 10-06-13
    JEAN nederland, TX, United States 10-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "my favorite saying Put your big girl panties on"

    great book great listen was one you did not want to stop...... ready for the next........ love the people and the story lines

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CDB CA, United States 08-20-13
    CDB CA, United States 08-20-13 Member Since 2008

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    "Not What I Expected"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This was like a cheap romance novel.


    What was most disappointing about Stephanie Evanovich’s story?

    The story was trite and predictable.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Katie Schorr’s performances?

    Yes.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Big Girl Panties?

    All of it.


    Any additional comments?

    None

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Byrd Fort Worth, TX 09-07-13
    C. Byrd Fort Worth, TX 09-07-13 Member Since 2007
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    "A bit different than expected"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Big Girl Panties to be better than the print version?

    Can't say, as I have not read the book, just listened to the audio verison


    If you’ve listened to books by Stephanie Evanovich before, how does this one compare?

    Not exactly what I have come to expect from Evanovich. Far to "romancey" and not near enouch comedy & quirky characters for me.


    What does Katie Schorr bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice is nice.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Don't think it really rates a film version.


    Any additional comments?

    Just not my cup of tea, I guess

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Erin 02-25-15
    Erin 02-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I don't get the 4 and 5 stars given"

    This book did not meet my expectations at all. I expected to be laughing out loud regularly, instead I found myself saying "this is dumb". The narrator has a nice voice, and is a redemption point. There were a total of four main characters, even though you only expect two. I liked the concept, but not the execution.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lulu 08-02-14
    Lulu 08-02-14

    I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.

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    "Dislike-able "Hero""

    I really disliked the main male character in this book. I found him incredibly shallow. It seemed all he had going for him was his good looks. And if that is all that there was that made Logan lovable to Holly, then that diminished my opinion of her. I actually enjoyed her character through most of the book, but the way she got revenge also lowered my opinion of her as well.

    I wanted to be happy for Holly because she successfully changed her life for the better. Instead, in some ways her life became as shallow as his.

    This book sent a very clear message about the negativity of obesity and made me believe that the author truly feels that someone who has struggled with weight her entire life is unworthy to be loved. It also attempted to make the male character's prejudices seem acceptable. And they are not. He was the one unworthy of love. Not her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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