Book Review: Measuring Up by Nyrae Dawn

How Excited Was I to Read Measuring Up by Nyrae Dawn?: 7. I was intrigued by the concept but I wasn’t sure how it was going to play out.

How Excited Am I Now?: 8.75 (this is me trying to be picky). Loved the characters and thought the story played out well

Book Jacket: 

Seventeen-year-old Annabel Conway is tired of the Hillcrest High School elite making her life miserable because she’s not a size two. This summer, she’s hiring a personal trainer to help her lose weight.

Annabel doesn’t expect her trainer to be a gorgeous guy around her age. Boys like Tegan are jerks. They pretend to like girls like her so they can make an idiot out of them. Been there, done that. Totally not going there again. She kind of hates him on principal. Blond. Muscular. Funny. It doesn’t help that he knows her measurements!

Soon, Tegan’s so much more than that. He’s the boy who teaches her to box when she has a bad day. Who jogs with her and lets her set the pace. Who kisses her until she melts. He makes her feel beautiful regardless of what the scale says. Unlike her mom, he doesn’t expect perfection, and he doesn’t try to shield her from the world like her dad and best friend. Tegan likes her the way she is.

But what happens when he’s not there? He can’t always be there…

Will Annabel be able to stand on her own and learn that she already measures up? That her worth doesn’t lie in what the world thinks, the scale says, or even what Tegan tells her—but in herself?

Review:

First of all, I should mention that yes, Annabel is tired of the way her classmates treat her, but she doesn’t want to lose weight to fit in. She wants to lose weight to prove to everyone wrong. I think that is a key difference because I probably wouldn’t have liked her half as much if she were doing it just to fit in. Instead, she is standing up for herself and taking control over her life. Yay! So I ended up liking her a lot :-) . She is strong and really comes into herself in this book. Her mother constantly belittles her, while her father tries to defend her but ends up making her feel like he doesn’t think she can defend herself. Good intentions, bad actions. I actually really liked her dad. It’s clear he loves her just the way she is and is quite proud of her.

Tegan’s entirely too loveable too! He clearly adores his family, and I love his interactions with Annabel from the beginning. He is endlessly patient and encouraging with her, an absolute rock. Seriously, he made me actually want to go work out, which is a mean feat that I won’t even begin to address right now. But Tegan has issues he’s dealing with too. Both the characters and their problems seemed real, which I appreciated greatly. It’s only like 139 pages but does not feel rushed or too short. I count it as a light, cute, and still slightly inspiring read :-) .  Now if only I could discover a latent love of running too…