- By Mara Jacobs

Worth the Weight

  • Title: Worth the Weight
  • Author: Mara Jacobs
  • ISBN: 9780985258603
  • Page: 260
  • Format: ebook
  • Worth the Weight A new body A new life An old flame Lizzie Hampton is literally a shadow of her former self Having lost half her body weight she s headed to her small hometown to test out her new body on an old flame

    A new body A new life An old flame Lizzie Hampton is literally a shadow of her former self Having lost half her body weight, she s headed to her small hometown to test out her new body on an old flame Just a harmless fling to get her self confidence back before she returns to the city and the new man in her life.But Lizzie s plan has a few bumps in the road.Finn RobbinA new body A new life An old flame Lizzie Hampton is literally a shadow of her former self Having lost half her body weight, she s headed to her small hometown to test out her new body on an old flame Just a harmless fling to get her self confidence back before she returns to the city and the new man in her life.But Lizzie s plan has a few bumps in the road.Finn Robbins can t believe Liz is back in town Desperate to be the holder of her innocence eighteen years ago, he never got the chance Now she s back and he can finally check her off his to do list But her friends, his son, and the mysterious Annie may have something to say about that.

    1 thought on “Worth the Weight

    1. Might be spoilery?Abandoned.I knew what it was going to be like before I started reading it, but it was free, so hey, why not, right?I understand that the protag was in a completely different situation that I myself am, and I get that. But as interesting as the story itself was, the constant fat-shaming was not endearing me to the character. Yes, she grew up a size 10 and at some point between her youth and mid 30s she doubled in size and was horribly humiliated during a potential sexual encount [...]

    2. DNF'd at 18%. I had zero respect for either hero or heroine, and my tolerance level for "woe is me, I used to be fat" bullshit is abysmally low. OK, you used to be overweight and now you're not. We get it. Move.On.The saddest part, however, was that even though I was annoyed, I was also bored. And I think that's saying something.

    3. Worth the Weight is my first book by Mara Jacobs. I came across this book as a free read, and wasn't too impressed with some of the reviews for it. Still, it was free and I decided there wouldn't be any loss should I try it and not like it. I'm really happy I took the chance. Summary:Elizabeth "Lizzie" Hampton is headed to her small Michigan hometown from where she has lived the past eighteen years in Detroit. She's a new woman and has a plan to fulfill the one dream she never allowed herself to [...]

    4. I hated the h pretty much from the start and therefore I didn't get past the first chapter.What made her so unlikeable?1. She is 35 years old and still feels the need to bonk the guy that got away 18 years ago? What the what? No romance, just apparently wants to scratch an eighteen year old itch. 2. She is incredibly childish and goes to the movies with 2 friends in the hopes that the H will see her there. I understand he works there, but its still lame to hang around were your crush works? That [...]

    5. I bought this book after a bad review. Maybe not bad, but probably a 'C' review. I think the reviewer said the hero was to insecure for her. Since I'm way over Alphaholes, I'll give anything that's not borderline abusive a try. It does brush against one of my least favorite tropes - lose weight/find love - but I read it anyway.I'm glad to report that the weight is not about the hero and his reaction to the heroine's new body. He only knew her when she was thin in her earlier life - so he wasn't [...]

    6. With a check list in hand Lizzie Hampton returns home with one particular goal in mind, Finn Robbins. Finn isn't looking for attachments, he has had enough of marriage and has enough priorities as it is. When Lizzie and Finn meet again the feelings they had when they were teenagers is back in full force but as the feelings continue to grow they both question if what they have is anything but temporary.There is another part of the story that delves into Lizzie losing weight and the reasons behind [...]

    7. I knew this plan was going to go downhill. I never felt more anxious and scared for a character in a book than I did for Lizzie Hampton. The book is just what the description reads: Girl leaves town, goes to college, gains a lot of weight, loses it, then wants to test it out on a "safe bet". On someone she knows would always be there to have sex with her. I'm more of "they-fall-in-love-decide-to-have-a-future-then-we-get-to-the-juicy-details" kind of gal. This "Plan" of Lizzie's worried me from [...]

    8. As someone who struggles with her own body issues, there were parts of this book that made me think, "Wow, I could have written this, because that's EXACTLY how I feel" or "Whoa, I was just thinking the same thing yesterday". Also, having spent some time in the Houghton/Hancock area of Michigan's U.P I enjoyed the author's description of the setting. A few problems - its predictability (then again, it's a romance, how ELSE is it supposed to end?), quite a few spelling and grammatical errors (I'm [...]

    9. This is the first in the "Worth" series by Mara Jacobs.Elizabeth fell in love with Finn in high school. When Finn saw that things were really heating up but their lives were headed in different directions, he not only broke up with Liz, he broke her heart. Fast forward 15 years. Liz has a successful PR firm in Detroit, specializing in athletes, and has struggled for the past 3 years to lose the ton of weight she gained after she left home. She's come back home to visit her parents and friends fo [...]

    10. Light romance between Finn & Elizabeth (Lizzie). Finn and Lizzie dated when she was 18 - he broke her heart by rejecting her. Years later she returns to their home town with "A Plan". This is the story of Lizzie's plan which was to be a fling with Finn. Trials and tribulations of that flingquel Work the drive - this is the story of Lizzie's friend Kate.

    11. Was a free book in the Kindle library. Apparently it is an erotic romance since my suggestions have become pretty raunchy. But the sex scenes were very few and far apart. It was more of an adult love story to me. Part of a three book series - which means I bought the next two books. Marketing ploy successful.

    12. DNF at 28%. Because looks and being skinny are the only things that matter.No thank you.

    13. Liz has her own successful PR firm in Detroit where most of her clients are well known athletes. She had gained a lot of weight after school and worked hard to lose it in the last three years. One of the things she wanted to do now was to Find, F*^% and Forget Finn Robbins who she was in-love with when she was a teenager, but he broke up with her, leaving her heart broken. She goes back to that small town to stay with her parents for two months so she can carry out "The Plan" with Finn. Liz want [...]

    14. Elizabeth, on the surface, has it made. She’s a successful business owner, beautiful, from a great family and is an all around nice girl. But things are not always as they appear. For as together as her life seems, there are areas that she just can’t seem to get a hold on. After losing a great deal of weight, Elizabeth is determined to make up for lost time and secure herself a lover before settling down with her dream man.Finn is a hardworking man who has never had anything handed to him. D [...]

    15. like a bunch of others here, i got a free kindle copy of this. i read it on the airplane coming home from vacation and i'm not even sure why i finished it--sheer orneriness, i guess. let me save you all a lot of time. every trope about a woman not being worthy of love until she is thin is in this book. the only people who would ever date an overweight woman are apparently chubby chasers and fat fetishists. so right out of the gate, i hated the heroine's attitude. then we are told what a wonderfu [...]

    16. I enjoyed reading this book even though I had doubts about it from the bad reviews I had seen. I could totally relate to the character and now I see why some gave bad reviews. Those readers could never possibly understand the correlation between eating/obesity/OCD issues and the need to plan every aspect of life and to be in control unless they have lived it and been hurt somewhere in life to the point that they NEED to stay in control while still fighting deep rooted insecurities. This book cou [...]

    17. So, there is this not-so-secret secret that publishers will drop the kindle version of the first book in a series to free right before the latest book in the series comes out. This is the hopes of getting you reading the series and then paying money to finish it. It seems like good marketing to me because if you get the first sample for free, you can decide to support the rest in the series or not. I got this book for free in one of these deals. I must say that I was surprised at how much I actu [...]

    18. THIS WAS SO OUTSTANDING IN MANY WAYS, I LOVED IT. I'VE READ OTHER BOOKS ABOUT WOMEN BEING OVER WEIGHT BUT THIS ONE WAS UNBELIEVABLY ACCURATE, TRULLY EXPLAINED SOME OF OUR DEEPEST (female) SECRETS. I HAVE HAD TO DEAL WITH THE SAME PROBLEM, I'M SURE MILLIONS OF OTHERS HAVE, BODY IMAGE. AFTER YEARS OF STRUGGLE AND FINALLY UNDERSTANDING THIS, I STILL FIND IT HARD TO SEE WHAT OTHERS ARE SEEING. THANK GOODNESS FOR MS JACOBS STORY PUTTING IT INTO SUCH A ROMANTIC SETTING. LIZZY IS OBLIVIOUS TO JUST ABOU [...]

    19. I grudgingly grabbed this free title despite repeated misgivings based on the cover art and the title alone. I was not misguided in my hesitancy.The author starts out subtly fat-shaming and implying that the protagonist's only hope at getting back this man from her high school days is because she's thin again. While it's never explicitly stated that this woman's only true value appears when she loses the weight she gained, it is repeatedly, insidiously entwined in the "plot".I forced myself to k [...]

    20. A New BodyA New LifeAn Old Flame?Lizzie Hampton is literally a shadow of her former self. Having lost half her body weight, she's headed to her small hometown to test out her new body on an old flame.Just a harmless fling to get her self confidence back before she returns to the city and the new man in her life.But Lizzie's plan has a few bumps in the road.Finn Robbins can't believe Liz is back in town. Desperate to be the holder of her innocence eighteen years ago, he never got the chance. Now [...]

    21. [2015 Reading Challenge]A book with bad reviewsthe romance was cute-ish, although the thought processes disturbing at times. other than that, well, there's nothing quite going for it although i do actually want to check out the second instalment to find out how life goes for the protagonist's friend, perhaps, it wasn't a total debacle after allus, i needed to check off the 'romance' item on my reading challenge, and considering this was free, i thought, why not? it needs quite a bit of editing, [...]

    22. Lizzie has returned to her home town to find, F*** and forget Flynn the guy who dumped her as a teenager. She has lost a load of weight and wants to test out her body on someone who she can't care about, before heading into a relationship with someone more appropriate!And so the story starts and you can guess the ending early on in the book, but to be honest an OK read and kept my interest despite the guess!

    23. I didn't really like the main male character -whiney, full of self pity and self sabotage as well as pretty narcissistic at times. While I liked the main female better her constant internal thoughts about her body issues and insecurities somehow felt more like a downer than what I think was the intended message to be (which I think was going for self awareness and acceptance). I think it will have a fairly broad audience, it just wasn't for me.

    24. DNF - I just couldnt bring myself to finish the book. The writing and story was good if a little slow moving. Dont get me wrong. I jumped to the next in the series. But the female character has such weight issues and the male had such a difficult family life, it felt like a train wreck waiting to happen. I just couldnt watch it.

    25. Finally finished this book, it just seemed very slow, and I just couldn't get into it properly. There was also a lot of errors, so needs more work doing on it. I doubt I will be reading anymore books by this author.

    26. Oh dear, really not for me. I didn't like the heroine at all. sHe is very shallow, wants to use her first love to reactivate her love life now she's lost half her body weight!!!!! I DNF'd this one. They seemed so childish for people in their 30s.

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