Publisher: Musa Publishing
Publish Date: November 2, 2011
Origins: From Publisher for Review
Order From: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
Synopsis: Maxine Small is invisible in a crowded room because no one can see through all the extraneous layers of fat to the sensitive girl lurking beneath. No one except local heartthrob Noah Fenwick. But he too lets her down when he ups and marries Maxine’s best friend—he pretty, skinny best friend whom he always pretended to hate.
Maxine runs away to university and doesn’t see Noah again for ten years. Slim now, she returns to her home town as a successful lawyer, hoping to lay the ghost that’s Noah to rest.
With three children, Noah is trapped in a loveless marriage with no escape clause. Drawn toward him as strongly as ever, Maxine learns the true reasons behind his marriage to Cassie but, with the children being used as human bargaining tools, there’s nothing Noah and Maxine can do about their feelings, is there?
Review: Maxine Small is a girl who gets teased a lot for her size, except by one boy – Noah Fenwick. He’s her best friend and the love of her life all rolled into one, but he doesn’t know about the love part. The day she receives the results from her final high school tests, her so-called female best friend, Cassie, drops by with some heartbreaking news. She and Noah are getting married because Cassie is pregnant by him. Max is truly astonished and deeply hurt since Noah always professed his dislike for Cassie – especially regarding the way she treated Max. Noah and Max never spoke again, until…
12 years later, now a lawyer, Max returns to town after a job offer makes its way to her. But Max’s vocation isn’t the only thing different about her – she is no longer the insecure, wishy-washy, overweight, and shy girl she used to be. Will everyone’s truths begin to resurface now that Max has made her comeback?
Downsizing is a touching and emotionally wrenching novel about love and image. I felt as if I had a lot in common with Max by looking back at some of the regrets I have from my childhood. This is definitely the type of book where you are rooting for the ‘underdog’ and for a happily ever after. A great and quick read which fully captures your attention, Downsizing is a book I highly recommend!