- Plot- or character-driven? Character
- Strong character development? Yes
- Loveable characters? It's complicated
- Diverse cast of characters? Yes
- Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes
I was intrigued by the premise and genuinely liked some of the characters, but skeptical from the beginning once the FMC started changing herself and her body because of a douchey-ex. I was hopeful it was going to take a big turn into a full-scale personal revelation about body-neutrality, acceptance, and her personal journey navigating fatphobia, but we never got there and that was really disappointing. In the end, yeah, her ex didn't get her back, but his words were still her driving force for every move she made to "better" herself and change her appearance. It took the sweetness out of the end for me, along with the fact that she was still actively participating in and perpetuating diet culture at the end of the book. On the plus side - the food descriptions were mouthwatering and some of the spice was really enjoyable.