My Rating: 8/10
Since the beginning of summer, seventeen year old Annabelle Simms has been on a diet under the harassment....scratch that....the watchful eye of her mother. If it wasn't for her best friend Jenna who keeps her sane, she would have branded the summer as a complete yummy food-less disaster. Everything seemed to be on the same repetitive boring path until one day at work Annabelle is forced to train the new guy and suddenly summer doesn't seem so dull anymore.
A love like no other...
At first, I didn't really know what was going on with this book. I couldn't tell if this was supposed to be a romance or not. I thought that Annabelle was like...thirteen due to the title.
Wrong, wrong, wrong.
Characters: Though there was only a handful of characters in the book, that was enough. Normally a lack of characters would make me feel "isolated" in a sense, from the world the author has failed to create. Not in this case. Annabelle, especially, was really funny. It actually reminds me of another UK based book, one I can't remember the name of at the moment. Anyway, James, another character, butts heads with Annabelle often, which makes him the perfect companion.
Plot: One thing I liked most about the plot is despite being ridiculed by family about her weight, Annabelle just wants to be accepted by her family, not drastically change her appearance. This shows that despite having extra weight, people can still live happily without feeling self conscious all the time. As the plot developed, though things didn't get amazingly better for Annabelle, she still managed to make it all work.
Romance: The type of triangle every girl dreams of. Need I say more?
Writing: The things Annabelle dreams, you dreams. What she sees, you see. And by the ending, you'll be dangerously desperate for Part 2. (Note to author: send ARC ASAP)
Young Annabelle was an incredibly enjoyable story. All my readers who like comedy and chick-lit will like this.