Peyton Lane has struggled with her weight her whole life. She has never been popular, and has definitely never been in a relationship before. However everything changes after Peyton creates a rock band with her friends. Suddenly Peyton is popular, and has the confidence to turn her life around. With her new found popularity, Peyton is thrown into a difficult decision, who should she give her heart away to? After the boy she has had a crush on for years takes a sudden interest in her along with his twin brother and one of the members from her favourite band, Peyton must make the right decision.
I initially loved Peyton and the fact an overweight girl who wore glasses was the protagonist of a love story. With a small group of friends and having no boys who were interested in her, I could easily relate with my own experience of high school. I found the start of the novel with her initial meeting with Jace quite frustrating, as I thought it was obvious what was going on, but it took Peyton a lot longer to figure out what I had known from the start. I loved Jace and the fact that he wanted to get to know Peyton despite his popularity. I liked that Peyton pushed herself to lose weight so that it would make her happier, but what I disliked was the fact that the boys only became interested in her romantically once she had lost weight and started to wear contact lenses. As a glasses wearer myself I love the rare occasions when I come across a character who wears glasses, but as is often the case when a character goes through a change to make themselves more appealing, the glasses are always one of the first things to go. I look forward to the day when I find a book where glasses aren't seen as unattractive, but unfortunately this wasn't the one to change that.
Although I loved that Peyton was becoming more confident due to her weight loss and success with the band, I found myself overall disliking her more as the story progressed. I felt as if she was accepting any male attention she received just because she had boys who were interested in her. This was apparent with her relationship with Jax, who had relentlessly bullied her, and suddenly seemed to change his tone and became interested in dating her. I was disappointed that she decided to agree to go on a date with him after all the humiliation he had put her through.
Even though I didn't dislike him as much as I disliked Jax, I still wasn't a huge fan of Colton. Although he had known her for years, he suddenly became interested in her after she had lost weight. To me this seemed like he was only interested in her because he found her physically attractive, and I was frustrated that Peyton didn't see this too and went along with it.
I thought Noah was a sweet character, but I felt that he was better as a good friend for Peyton. I loved their friendship and was really hoping that they didn't develop romantic feelings for each other, so I was slightly disappointed when he got thrown into the mix of potential love interests too. I also found it quite unrealistic that she would go from never having kissed a boy to thinking about potential relationships with four boys who were all interested in her. Love triangles can sometimes seem realistic, but love pentagons seem a little too far fetched.
The only boy who gave her the time of day before she lost weight and set up her band was Jace, so to me he seemed like the obvious choice from the start. Although he was still far from perfect, Jace seemed to me from the start to be the best choice. I loved that he liked Peyton before she lost weight, but the fact that he cared more about his popularity than admitting his feelings for her sooner. It made me wonder if he would still have pursued her if she had not lost the weight and gained popularity.
I liked the ending as Peyton finally seemed to be in a place where she was happy with her life. After the struggles she goes through at the start of the novel and being self conscious about her body I was glad she was finally accepting herself. I loved that Jace didn't seem to care about her imperfections but decided to help her be more comfortable in her own skin. Although I wasn't as invested in the characters as I would have liked to have been it was still an overall enjoyable read.
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