Olivia is Anna Wintour’s worst nightmare, and she doesn’t give a shit. She’s wanted to go into fashion design her whole life, and nothing is going to stop her fabulous plus sized self. Not even her boss from hell, or the fact that she’s the fat Cinderella of the most exclusive lingerie store in Bushwick, Ohio. She’s sworn off dating, because she is focused, dammit, and will not get distracted by anyone in college. She has shit to do and places to go, be it on her own with the clothing she makes, or with the girls in Twelve Beats In A Bar, the all-female a cappella group she’s part of.
Why do group projects always have to ruin everything?
Thierry Acosta has it all. Shortstop on Bushwick University’s baseball team, amazing grades in college, everything he could want. When he gets paired with Olivia for a group project, things are only getting better. And then his dad loses his job, and Thierry’s life falls apart. He can’t manage to get himself to practice, to class… anywhere. He’s got the scars on his wrists to prove that this has happened before, but he thought he was better. He thought he could deal with something like this. The cuts on his thighs say otherwise.
Before they know it, Olivia and Thierry’s relationship has gone from casual project partners to not-so-casual more-than-friends. But when things take a turn for the worse, can they face the growing reality of a relationship that’s become much serious than either of them expected – or wanted?
This much space is book #2 in the Twelve Beats In A Bar, I was lucky enough to be gifted a copy of the book to read for Gemma Reads Too Much.
This Much Space is sooooo not what I was expecting, I should have known better than to expect this to be a fluff book, but I just wasn’t expecting it to be so real.
I think deep down I expected this to be another fat girl book, learning to embrace her size and sexuality, but Olivia is already perfect and she knows it.
I adore her; if I was that way inclined she would be my ideal woman. She owns every inch of herself and that’s an incredibly powerful thing.
But if I’m honest this book isn’t really about her, this is Thierry’s story.
This book deals with some pretty weighty issues, mental health and self harm are not the normal things romances are made of. To be honest I don’t care, this book is real, the issues are real and the romance is real.
This book shows the spiral of depression and it’s hard to read and harrowing and uncomfortable. But it happens and it’s not make believe.
Thierry is broken and I could say that he’s got a lot of issues that are not going to go away. I could say that mental Health issues are a lifetime thing.
But I’m not going to!
Instead I’m going to say that Thierry is broken but not destroyed, this book is full of hope and that light at the end of the tunnel feeling.
This Much Space was unexpectedly poignant and sweet, Olivia is a beautiful soul and although this wasn’t a traditional romance it was still most definitely a love story.
I really enjoyed this book.
This much space gets 4 stars from me.
Ebook copies of COME BACK TO TEXAS and A DIFFERENT KIND OF FINE, and a $10 Amazon Gift Card. (2 winners!)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
KK Hendin’s real life ambition is to become a pink fluffy unicorn who dances with rainbows. But the schooling for that is all sorts of complicated, so until that gets sorted out, she’ll just write. Preferably things with angst and love. And things that require chocolate. She’s the author of the NA contemporaries HEART BREATHS and ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG.
THIS MUCH SPACE is the second book in her new series, TWELVE BEATS IN A BAR.
KK spends way too much time on Twitter (where she can be found as @kkhendin), and rambles on occasion over at www.kkhendinwrites.blogspot.com.
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