Aug 3, 2010

Review | Plus by Veronica Chambers

"This is the unbelievable story of how I went to college, gained twenty-five pounds, got dumped by my boyfriend, failed physics and became a worldfamous supermodel."

So begins the Cinderella story of Beatrice Wilson, whose life changes overnight when she’s discovered by a scout for the oldest, most prestigious modeling agency in America—for their plus-sized division.

Now she must find the confidence to vanquish skinny rivals, fend off sleazy photographers, and banish scheming frenemies in her rise to superstardom, all while trying to get her ex-boyfriend back. But Bee learns that to win prince charming, you first have to find a way to love yourself.

Cover: This was not the cover for the copy I read and I don't like this cover because it doesn't seem to portray the "real" Bee.

Thoughts: Bee seemed like a real seventeen year old girl who just got dumped by her boyfriend. She becomes depressed and only worries about how she will win him back. I've been there, as I'm sure many other girls have too. Bee also happens to be very smart, overweight and almost overnight becomes a super model.

I liked the author's writing, the way she develops Bee's story and how Bee seems to "grow" through her experiences. I was rooting for her the entire book and hoping she would realize what a jerk Brian really was so she could focus and more suitable guys. She ends up feeling pressured in the modeling world, becomes stressed out with school and although she has much more money, she doesn't spend it like crazy. Just those little things made her seem a bit more real and I felt connected with her.

The other characters, like her best friend Chela, the cute guy she tutors, Kevin, and her parents are also great characters to read about and so much fun. The diversity of each character was a great addition to the story. Even the other models were all great and I really loved each person individually. They all added a lot to the book and I really liked the relationships they had with Bee and how they all dealt with her modeling differently.

The story had its ups and downs and although the ending was a very cliche sort of "happily ever after" with everything sort of wrapped up, it sort of left a few questions open. I don't know if there is going to be a second book, but it would be nice to know what happens to Bee next. But if there isn't, I was pretty satisfied with how the story concluded. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a fun, lighthearted read about a girl learning to love herself. It's a really sweet novel and I really enjoyed reading it.

Favorite Quote: "That's the only way you're ever gonna get anywhere, be anybody, do anything. Don't worry about everybody else, just do you."

This book was provided by YA Addict ARC Tours.


  1. Like you said, this cover isn't that great for so great a book. I love the idea, and I'll definitely keep an eye out for it.

    Great review!

  2. Great review! I read this one back when it was still going to be released in '09 and really liked it, so I'm glad you did as well.

  3. Sounds like a good read. I'll have to add this to my wish list. Thanks for the great review!

  4. It sounds great. I like the cover, but too bad that it doesn't fit the story well and that the girl doesn't look like the maincharacter. :)

    Great review!

  5. GREAT REVIEW!! I added this to my to be read list because I feel like I could definitely relate to this in one way or another! I read a book similar to this not too long ago. I can't remember the name of it now though, but it was about being overweight, but then becoming something bigger and better! Anyways. Thanks for the review!