DAY 8. – Most underrated book.

Ok, so life has had me in a blur of business – lacking in the reading/blogging department I’ve failed at my 30 day challenge. But I will not give up! I am just a week or more behind. I’m behind on my books – and my pre-orders are just coming in everyday it seems and I find I’m stuck with 40+ books on my Kindle and STILL trying to get through Convicted, by Aleatha Romig. Arg!

SO! Most underrated book? Hmmmm – that’s a tough one, and not because I’m a popular reading snob, but I’m trying to think of a really good book that got a lot of flack for being crap…. (goes snooping on her Goodreads.) Ah-ha! This didn’t get a whole-lotta flack, but I never seem to read anything about it being Jane Green’s best – but to me? It is!

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Jemima Jones is overweight. About one hundred pounds overweight. Treated like a maid by her thin and social-climbing roommates, and lorded over by the beautiful Geraldine (less talented but better paid) at the Kilburn Herald, Jemima finds that her only consolation is food. Add to this her passion for her charming, sexy, and unobtainable colleague Ben, and Jemima knows her life is in need of a serious change. When she meets Brad, an eligible California hunk, over the Internet, she has the perfect opportunity to reinvent herself–as JJ, the slim, beautiful, gym-obsessed glamor girl. But when her long-distance Romeo demands that they meet, she must conquer her food addiction to become the bone-thin model of her e-mails–no small feat.
With a fast-paced plot that never quits and a surprise ending no reader will see coming, Jemima J is the chronicle of one woman’s quest to become the woman she’s always wanted to be, learning along the way a host of lessons about attraction, addiction, the meaning of true love, and, ultimately, who she really is.

I know Jane Green is an international best selling author, but I found this book by random at Powell’s Bookstore in Portland Oregon YEARS ago. I had just started dating someone I’d met online in Minnesota, and the synopsis caught my attention. Fat girl meets boy online – they meet – fall in love – etc. Sounds pretty fun right?

It was more than that…. I can’t help but sympathize with Jemima through most of the torture she endures with her roommates (both skinny bitches) and the self loathing she feels when she realizes her feelings for Ben are never going to be reciprocated. She’s always the smart, funny one that’s everyone’s best friend. I could relate on more than one level.

But the book is a journey through her self discovery – becoming someone she thought she never would, meeting Brad (California hunk, owns a gym) she morphs into what she’s always wanted – skinny, stylish – and in love with a California god. But somewhere on our journey, she realizes that she’s lost a part of who she is – and it had nothing to do with her size…. she’s loosing her self in a world she doesn’t feel comfortable in. Is it because suddenly she’s gotten everything she thought she always wanted? The hunk, the style, the body, the LIFE of her dreams…. or is it?

I know Jane Green has wrote many books, but this one never seems to be one people are talking about. It’s older – but still one of my absolute favorites. I’ve read it probably 5 times already, and now just writing about it makes me want to pick it up again and get reintroduced to Jemima, Brad and all the drama that ensues…

check it out!


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