RATING: BUY IT
I’m getting the distinct feeling that the universe is trying to tell me something. Hot off the heels of reading the incredible The Chronicles of Moxie, I found myself drooling at the cover and blurb of Kandi Steiner’s Weightless. Go ahead, take a look again at that cover. Holy moly, right? I’m not one to judge a book by its cover, and I mean this in every aspect of life, but there was something (divine intervention?) that drew me to this book. And while I’m not the brightest bulb in the chandelier, even I can’t deny I’m being taught a lesson. Oh, what a lovely way to learn.
Weightless is the story of Natalie, a full-figured, newly graduated high school student dumped by her boyfriend of two years. It’s the start of summer, she’s heartbroken and being told by all those around her, the best way to win him back is to slim down. You know the old adage, show him what he’s missing. In Natalie’s case though, it comes with the bonus, “you’ll feel and look better if you try.” Natalie’s self-esteem is non-existent. Fortunately for Natalie, local bad boy, Rhodes, a personal trainer at the town club, takes her on as his client. Rhodes has aspirations of his own, but has never had the support team in place to help him achieve his potential. Rhodes’ self-worth never blossomed. Somehow though, an unlikely friendship forms between doormat Natalie and scary Rhodes. That friendship leads to love and learning how to believe in themselves, as individuals and together.
Ms. Steiner does an amazing job at developing the characters so that there’s never a question as to why Natalie + Rhodes feel about themselves as they do. Polar opposites in almost every way, the one commonality they have is the desire to be seen for more than who they are. To be truly understood by someone and to be loved completely in spite of their faults. It’s the basic human common denominator on what we’re all seeking in love and friendship.
Okay, I admit, my self-esteem and self-worth are on the low end of the totem pole right now, so not even five chapters in, I was shedding tears. I felt every ounce of self-loathing Natalie felt and could understand her despair. Even when her one champion, best friend Willow, was always so reassuring and supportive in reminding Natalie how strong she was, I understood Natalie’s inability to see it. I really understood Natalie’s desire to have one moment to feel pretty. Not beautiful, just pretty. I’m still searching for that moment. Maybe one day I’ll be lucky to find it.
As of 6.17.16, Weightless is available on Kindle Unlimited.