Review: The Jock and the Fat Chick by Nicole Winters

Book Blurb

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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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Kevin is working hard to get a scholarship to play hockey. Unfortunately he didn’t do well on an assignment his coach gave him. Now coach is worried about Kevin’s nutrition and Kevin is worried about his grade. Coach explains he is going to take Domestic Tech for the next month. It will help his grade and teach him about healthy food. Kevin is embarrassed and doesn’t want his teammates to know. They will give him a hard time about it just like if they knew he liked curvy girls.

When he goes to the required class he is paired up with Claire. He is instantly drawn to her. He starts learning all sorts of things about food from Claire. He also starts to like her a lot. Then she steps back and asks to be friends with benefits. Kevin is torn but likes her too much to say no.

As things go along he falls farther for her and he is hoping to change her mind about being FWBs. When he makes his move things don’t go as he hoped. He tries to do anything to make himself feel better. He gets pulled into the thoughts of the in-crowd and does things he really doesn’t want to do. His life takes a turn for the worst and he feels awful.

He has to decide what he wants and how he wants to be without what others think about him. He wants to play hockey and go to Michigan. He also misses Claire. He is unsure about what to do next.

This book was not quite what I expected. Kevin was too worried about what his friends thought to be honest. He went along with things and said things his friends expected. He was afraid to be himself. It was sad to read. When he met Claire everything changed. He was afraid to admit to his friends but he changed a little until everything fell apart. They had a great partnership during their class. It was a fascinating part of the story.

The author created an interesting story involving the hardships of high school, fitting in and the expectations of teenagers. It’s sad how teens are scared to be themselves. The author did a great job portraying this through Kevin’s character. It took a while but he finally found his way. The change that occurred in him was great to see. I give this book a 3.5 out of 5.

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