Colie expects the worst when she’s sent to spend the summer with her eccentric aunt Mira while her mother, queen of the television infomercial, tours Europe. Always an outcast — first for being fat and then for being “easy” — Colie has no friends at home and doesn’t expect to find any in Colby, North Carolina. But then she lands a job at the Last Chance Cafe and meets fellow waitresses Morgan and Isabel, best friends with a loving yet volatile relationship. Wacky yet wise, Morgan and Isabel help Colie see herself in a new way and realize the potential that has been there all along
My first Sarah Dessen re-read during this magical #SarahDessenMarathon! I read this book so long ago, that I couldn’t remember the story line or anything about the characters, so I always figured I didn’t like it after I read it the first time. Sadly, that is mistaken. As soon as I started reading it, everything started flooding back and I fell right in with the characters and their story.
Colie is a typical Dessen character in the sense that she’s not perfect, but she’s got to overcome some sort of obstacle, find herself, etc., etc. But then there’s Colie’s Aunt Mira, quiet, but loud, eccentric and slightly out there; Norman, the quiet cook from Last Chance Bar and Grill who is also an eccentric artist; and then there’s our favorite besties, Morgan and Isabel, the Ying to the other’s Yang, no matter the situation, these two lovely ladies conquer whatever obstacles fall in their path, together.
This story isn’t about finding love in a hopeless place or the guy getting the girl. It’s about a girl just trying to figure out who she is and where she fits in, in this crazy world. Colie’s mom is a recent fitness guru while Colie is recently forty-five pounds lighter with a bad reputation because of stupid rumors. Her summer trip to stay in Colby, North Carolina with her aunt is unfortunate in the beginning, but its a great experience for her. She finds friends for the first time, stands up for herself, and finally let’s go of ‘Fat Colie’ and the Fat Years. She let’s everything from her past go, accepts who she is and where she’s come from. Nothing else matter’s when you’re yourself, we all work and operate in different ways, it’s only fitting that we’re all different and unique.
Sarah Dessen did a wonderful job with this seemingly short, easy-to-read novel. Her infamous Colby, North Carolina made an appearance as the story’s main setting, since this was only the third published novel by Dessen, I can assure you that we’ll be making other stops in the cozy beach town of Colby, North Carolina. But for now, I am making a trip into Sarah Dessen’s Dreamland. Happy reading lovelies and hopefully my review of Pitch Perfect 2 will be up on the blog soon! Happy reading lovelies!