Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (156)

"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly meme to discuss upcoming books we can't wait to get our hands on. Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week, I'm waiting on:

Future Perfect by Jen Larsen
Release date: October 6, 2015

Every year on her birthday, Ashley Perkins gets a card from her grandmother—a card that always contains a promise: lose enough weight, and I will buy your happiness.

Ashley doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with the way she looks, but no amount of arguing can persuade her grandmother that “fat” isn’t a dirty word—that Ashley is happy with her life, and her body, as it is.

But Ashley wasn’t counting on having her dreams served up on a silver platter at her latest birthday party. She falters when Grandmother offers the one thing she’s always wanted: tuition to attend Harvard University—in exchange for undergoing weight loss surgery.

As Ashley grapples with the choice that little white card has given her, she feels pressured by her friends, her family, even administrators at school. But what’s a girl to do when the reflection in her mirror seems to bother everyone but her?

Through her indecision and doubts, Ashley’s story is a liberating one—a tale of one girl, who knows that weight is just a number, and that no one is completely perfect.

I like the fact that Ashley seems to have a positive self image and I really hope she won't accept her horrid grandmother's offer!


  1. I really hope too that Ashley stays true to herself and not give to her grandmother!! I guess we just have to read and see ;)

  2. Great pick, Christina! This one sounds like it could be a powerful read for girls...very timely!

  3. I agree. I'll watch for this one because I think I'll need to know what happens. :-)

  4. I like that too! Reminds me a little of the recent novel Dietland, about a woman about to undergo weight loss surgery who meets a group of women who are militantly fine with their weight (no that adverb is not a typo!)

  5. I really like this. Unfortunately I feel like a lot of girls go through this and it will be interesting to see how Ashley handles all of it. But a full ride to Harvard? That'll be tough to turn down.

    Joana @ The Boundless Book List


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