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Book Review: If The Shoe Fits
by Julie Murphy | Pub: August 31, 2021 by Hyperion Avenue | #1 in the Meant to Be series | 304 Pages
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My Review Rating: 5 /5 Stars
I love the world of fashion, but the idea that it’s this mystical thing only meant for a select few is bullshit. Yes, clothes can be art, but they’re also a necessity. So many people in this industry act like clothing is for everyone, but fashion is only for a select few. The truth, though, is that clothing is fashion and fashion should be for everyone because clothing should be for everyone.
My Thoughts: This book had me laughing from page one and I always love a good meet cute!
I enjoyed this take on the classic Cinderella story retelling. She has a stepmom, two step sisters and lost her dad but her stepmom Erica is actually really sweet and her sisters both care for and love her.
Filled with sensitive topics surrounding body positivity, size inclusivity, along with perspective on truly connecting with someone that gets you and finding creative inspiration - I was inspired throughout and made notes on topics to discuss in future blog posts.
I still don’t know if I believe in fate and if everything happens for a reason, but I do know that the best thing I can do is find purpose in everything, as well as joy. Anything can have a purpose. Anything can have a meaning if you make the choice to give it one.
Quick Take: I loved this book and would highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys a sweet non-spicy romance and a Cinderella retelling.
Topics & themes: body positivity, size inclusivity, secrets, reality shows, loss of parent
Romance tropes: meet cute, dash of miscommunication but not in an irksome way
Steam: 1/5. Lots of tension and romance vibes but nothing on a steamy level and completely PG. Wouldn’t recommend if you’re looking for steamy read but highly recommend if you enjoy sweet romance.
“Use it. Whatever it is that had you hung up. An ex, a death, or just plain old depression. The best part about crossing any bridge is the chance to look back and be able to fully understand where you came from. You’re not a machine. You’re not a computer. You’re an artist, and any good artist knows life fees into art and art feeds into life.
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If the shoe doesn’t fit, maybe it’s time to design your own.
Cindy loves shoes. A well-placed bow or a chic stacked heel is her form of self-expression. As a fashion-obsessed plus-size woman, she can never find designer clothes that work on her body, but a special pair of shoes always fits just right.
With a shiny new design degree but no job in sight, Cindy moves back in with her stepmother, Erica Tremaine, the executive producer of the world’s biggest dating reality show. When a contestant on Before Midnight bows out at the last minute, Cindy is thrust into the spotlight. Showcasing her killer shoe collection on network TV seems like a great way to jump-start her career. And, while she’s at it, why not go on a few lavish dates with an eligible suitor?
But being the first and only fat contestant on Before Midnight turns her into a viral sensation—and a body-positivity icon—overnight. Even harder to believe? She can actually see herself falling for this Prince Charming. To make it to the end, despite the fans, the haters, and a house full of fellow contestants she’s not sure she can trust, Cindy will have to take a leap of faith and hope her heels— and her heart—don’t break in the process.
Best-selling author Julie Murphy’s reimagining of a beloved fairy tale is an enchanting story of self-love and believing in the happy ending each and every one of us deserves.
"If The Shoe Fits encompasses everything I love about rom-coms. I laughed, I swooned, I smiled. Another hit for Julie Murphy!"―Colleen Hoover
About the Author | Julie Murphy
Social Media: @andimjulie
Author Bio From Amazon Profile: Julie Murphy is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin’, Puddin', Ramona Blue, and Side Effects May Vary. She lives in North Texas with her husband who loves her, her dog who adores her, and her cats who tolerate her. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading, traveling, or hunting down the perfect slice of pizza. Before writing full time, she held numerous jobs, such as wedding dress consultant, failed barista, and, ultimately, librarian. Learn more about her at www.juliemurphywrites.com.
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