Pear Shaped by Stella Newman
Girl meets boy, girl loses boy, girl loses mind.
Sophie Klein walks into a bar one Friday night and her life changes.
She meets James Stephens: Charismatic, elusive and with hosiery model ex, who casts a long, thin shadow over their burgeoning relationship. He's clever, funny and shares her greatest pleasure in life - too eat and drink slightly a bit too much and have a little lie down.
Sophie's instincts tell her that James is too good to be true - and he is. And exploration of food, love and heartbreak. Pear Shaped is in turns, smart, laugh-out-loud funny and above all recognisable to women everywhere.
When Sophie walks into her local pub with her best friend, she doesn't expect to be hit on by a stuck up man who thinks he has a shot. Which he doesn't, but his best friend James definitely has a shot with her. He's everything Sophie has ever dreamt of in a man and she couldn't be happier when they soon go out together on their first date.
What do you know! They have so much in common and are totally smitten for each other, Sophie is over the moon that she has finally found a man who treats her right and who really likes, who knows this could possibly be love. But everything is not so perfect in dear Sophie's dream man, not after when he says that she's a bit on the "tubby" size and would look a little better a little slimmer.
Soon Sophie and Jame's relationship is in full swing, with glamorous sunny holiday's to Italy, sharing a large vast home together, a new top of the range fridge and blender and of course the sex is amazing. But Sophie realises that their relationship is too good to be true and she can't shake the feeling that James is lying, and that he doesn't like her natural body.
But she still has a fantastic job that she loves, who could not love designing and creating new deserts for the leading food stores Fletchers. Not forgetting working with the most lovely company ever, Appletree. But there's Will, the most lovable and charming man Sophie has ever met, though it simply couldn't work as he's divorced and has an ex wife.
Will Sophie confront James about them before it's too late? Or will she let things spiral out of control, including her friendships, her dating life and not forgetting her mental health.
Pear Shaped by Stella Newman, is the first book I have read by this author and I honestly and personally don't know if I want to read anything else she has written, certainly if it is anything like Pear Shaped.
I really couldn't get on with this book, I think the only thing was okay about it, was that Sophie had quite a witty humour which was good and funny in some places but that's all, and that she got to design new puddings. Though everything else in the book I didn't like, I tried to enjoy it but just couldn't.
I found Sophie's character in general a bit of a let down and quite a shallow person. She was going out with James who treated her like rubbish, she knew this and she still went out with him. He was horrible to her, yet she still stayed with him! I couldn't stand that part, if he's horrible and you can't trust him why stay with him?
I personally don't think the ending is very good either, you don't really get to know what happens between Sophie and James and then with Will also. So it's all a bit wishy washy.
All in all I will give this book 3 out of 10.