The Jock and the Fat Chick by Nicole Winters

The Jock and the Fat Chick by Nicole WintersThe Jock and the Fat Chick by Nicole Winters
Published by HarperTeen on October 13, 2015
Pages: 250
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No one ever said high school was easy. In this hilarious and heartwarming debut, one high school senior has to ask himself how much he's willing to give up in order to fit in.

Kevin seems to have it all: he's popular, good looking, and on his way to scoring a college hockey scholarship. However, he's keeping two big secrets. The first is that he failed an assignment and is now forced to take the most embarrassing course ever--domestic tech. The second is that he is falling for his domestic tech classmate, Claire.

As far as Kevin is concerned, Claire does have it all: she's funny, smart, beautiful, and confident. But she's off-limits. Because Kevin knows what happens when someone in his group dares to date a girl who isn't a cheerleader, and there's no way he is going to put himself—or Claire—through that.

But steering clear of the girl of his dreams is a lot harder than Kevin thought…especially when a cooking project they are paired together for provides the perfect opportunity for things to heat up between them outside the classroom….

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The Jock and the Fat Chick is a swoon-worthy read about high school forbidden love. Kevin is a jock. He’s supposed to be attracted to stick-thin cheerleaders. Instead, he’s attracted to soft curves … but he can’t tell his buddies. They’ll call him a chubby chaser. But when Kevin falls in love with Claire, a curvy girl (hardly a fat chick like the title implies), all bets are off.

I love that the novel is told from Kevin’s point of view. I read so few contemporary YA romances from that perspective that it was a breath of fresh air. Even though Kevin is a jock, he isn’t cliche, and that, too, is a breath of fresh air. One of the themes of the novel is disordered eating, but it’s Kevin who doesn’t know the importance of proper nutrition. He abuses his body with protein drinks and protein bars. He eats nothing but processed foods and doesn’t know how to cook for himself. Claire is the one who enjoys good food in moderate proportions. A little butter never hurt anyone. I love that the author chose to show that guys have disordered eating isn’t just a girl thing.

I think I loved this book so much because I’m considered plus-sized. My husband isn’t. So I saw a lot of my husband in Kevin. He’s just as sweet as Kevin is too. So that made me super happy.

The romance is everything I wanted it to be. When the characters had sex, the contraceptive use was explicit (props to Nicole Winters for this). Safe sex, FTW. I love that Kevin falls for Claire and Claire wants to keep their relationship sex only. It gives the story a nice gender-bent twist.

Basically, I loved everything about The Jock and the Fat Chick. Nicole Winters is fantastic, and I’ve officially put her on my auto-buy list. I read this book in one sitting and had such a book hangover afterward.

My one issue is that Claire isn’t fat by any means, so the title is a bit misleading. Claire has hips and a bust, but she’s not fat. But that’s it. So much love for The Jock and the Fat Chick. I can’t even gush any more about it.

four-half-stars

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