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23 August 2019

Book Beginnings #76

For Book Beginnings, Rose City Reader invites us to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

For Friday 56, Freda's Voice asks you to turn to Page 56 in your book or 56% on your e-reader and pick a sentence.

I am currently reading No Big Deal by Bethany Rutter.

No Big Deal by Bethany Rutter cover

"What's taking you so long?" Abi calls from outside the changing-room door. 
I'd bet all the coins in my pocket that Abi's never got stuck in a dress at Topshop. Or maybe this is a thing that happens to really thin people too. I wouldn't know.
It's fair to say that the start of this book had me fair howling with laughter. Because yep, this has happened to me (although it was Miss Selfridge and not Topshop) and it is  M O R T I F Y I N G. Thinking about it makes my palms sweat as I remember the blind panic and how I almost cried with relief when I managed to prize the dress from my shoulders. Why is the lining always so clingy anyway?

I had the privilege of listening to the author read out this passage when she started her book tour at Newcastle Waterstones chaired by the lovely Steph at A Little But A  Lot and there were many nods of "yep, me too".

I love Emily's voice in this book. It's sassy and witty and pretty much everything I wanted to be as a teen. She's sure of herself and confident and I bloody love her.
Holly is smiling to herself. It's as if within seconds, she's assessed the change in dynamic between Camila and me. We're no longer the Fat Emily and Fat Camila duo - I'm now definitely the odd one out. I'm sure Holly loves it. 
I'm actually almost finished No Big Deal by Bethany Rutter, and I know that I will absolutely read more from this author. I love her writing style.

It's a book about loving yourself and accepting yourself and being the best you that you can be.

What are you reading this week?


  1. This definitely sounds so good!! I'm not big on contemporaries but I'd actually read this one!

  2. I;m glad you are enjoying No Big Deal Cora because that book is so good! I want more books by Bethany Rutter now!

  3. I'm so glad you are enjoying this! I'm hoping to read it soon!

  4. Sounds like a relatable read. I'd read it for sure. Happy weekend!

  5. I've seen this around a little and as a larger girl myself I'm really interested and your post has just reminded me to add it to my Goodreads TBR list! I can't wait to check out your review (if you decide to do one).

  6. This sounds like a very positive book! :)

  7. Changing rooms are stressful places for so many reasons.
    Congratulations on getting to hear the author read. Sounds like a winner.

  8. Sounds like a fun read, glad you enjoyed it.

  9. This book sounds amazing and important, I really need to get a copy!
    - bookloverkate xo

  10. Need to read this book, it looks great ��

  11. dont think its for me but great review :)

  12. Love the cover! Sounds like an interesting book.


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