Book: The Weight of It All
Publisher: BlueHeart Press
Publication date: September 12, 2016
Length: 244 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
After being dumped by his long-term boyfriend for being overweight, Henry Beckett decides to make some drastic changes. In a vain attempt at getting his boyfriend back, Henry does the most absurdly frightening thing he can think of.
He joins a gym.
Reed Henske is a personal trainer who isn’t sure he’ll ever be ready to date again. He’s sick of guys who are only interested in the perfect body image, never seeing him for who he really is.
As Reed tortures Henry with things like diet and exercise, Henry enamours Reed with recipes and laughter. As the friendship lines start to blur, Henry is convinced there’s no way Thor-like Reed could ever be interested in a guy like him.
Reed just has to convince Henry that life isn’t about reaching your ideal bodyweight. It’s about finding your perfect counterweight.
Oh my word! I fell and I fell hard for this book. It was recommended to me because I recently joined a gym and I am a monster about all the pain and hard work it is. Well so is Henry! Henry is such an outstanding character.
After his boyfriend leaves him for being old and fat (ouch) he joins a gym. Where he meets Reed, his personal trainer. Reed is also fabulous by the way!
So, we follow Henry through his life change and he is comical. I laughed till I cried. His personality is the best and he quickly wins Reed’s heart. But it’s more than just a book about getting fit and the struggles you face while doing it. It’s about loving yourself and trusting those who truly love you for who you are.
Reed and Henry are physically opposite but inside they are more alike than Henry realizes. I loved their dynamic and the evolution. And I really loved how the author deals with body shaming. How it’s not just the overweight but even the “perfectly fit.” Or as I always referred to them as the beautiful people. They get it too. It was quite interesting to see both perspectives.
Dialog? Yeah that was totally brilliant not a single complaint about dialog or character growth. Even the secondary characters were amazing. I don’t think I have a single issue actually. This was a breath of fresh air a really wonderful feel great book!
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