Oliver has always been obese and suffered from a negative body image. He’s tried diets before, failing time after time, but he vows this time will be different. As he begins an exercise program, his confidence increases—and so does his interest in his friend and coworker Benjy. Though they bonded long ago over a love of online gaming, it takes a lot of courage for Oliver to share his new body and be intimate with another man.
A passionate romance blooms, but as Oliver nears his goal, it seems he doesn’t need Benjy—with his chronic anxiety and troubled past—now that he’s made attractive new friends at the gym. But not all relationships are equal, and Oliver realizes that Benjy, who loved and supported him when no one else did, is more than a reminder of his old life.
A pleasing appearance means nothing when it hides a lonely, empty heart, and if Oliver cannot decide what’s truly important, he’ll lose what he cherishes most
This is very much a story of self awareness and self esteem. Oliver makes a firm decision to lose weight and Benjy supports him. At the beginning Oliver is so judgmental not only of himself but also of Benjy. He values fitting in with what he views as being socially acceptable, not being overweight and not having anxiety problems etc.
Oliver and Benjy’s friendship develops further to hesitant lovers and a relationship. It is disappointing that whilst Benjy tries to understand and help Oliver, Oliver doesn’t try to do the same about Benjy’s issues. At those times Oliver is not a likable character. Several times towards the end I exasperatedly thought ‘oh Oliver’ but he comes good in the end.
I’m not sure how I feel about this book. It’s a good moral story. Treat others as you want to be treated and not to judge others. I liked the blurb and the idea of the story but something was missing and I can’t put my finger on it.
3.5 of 5 stars
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