Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “B as in Beauty” as Want to Read:
B as in Beauty
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

B as in Beauty

by
3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  309 ratings  ·  71 reviews
Everyone in the world, it seems, is either prettier or thinner (or both) than Beauty Marie Zavala. And the only thing "B" resents more than her name is the way others judge her for the extra 40 pounds she can't lose. At least she has her career. Or did, until she overhears her boss criticizing her weight and devising a scheme to keep her from being promoted. Enter B's new ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 24th 2009 by Grand Central Publishing (first published April 4th 2009)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about B as in Beauty, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about B as in Beauty

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 540)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Alberto Ferreras
Feb 11, 2009 Alberto Ferreras rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
I loved it.... but again.... I wrote it.
Karla
B de Bella es un libro de esos en los que a medida que vas leyendo te vas sintiendo más y más identificada, no sé si tiene que ver que soy latina, no sé si es porque soy gordita o porque realmente sentí simpatía por la protagonista. Debo confesar que en un principio, al comenzar a leerlo, me sentí un poco insultada por como describía ser "gordita", pero ¡es totalmente cierto! La sociedad ha impuesto unos estándares muy altos casi dogmáticos, por no poderlos refutar, de que solo una persona "delg ...more
Jenny Devildoll
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Journeywoman
This was wonderful.

It's so unusual that a "chick-lit" story can put a smile on my face--instead of making me want to heave. B is a real woman, similar to the one I see in my mirror. Usually when you have a man writing a "woman's" book the tendency is to be patronizing. There was none of that here. This was a lovely read.
Andrea S.
Muy buen libro, creo que me ha enseñado más cosas de las que imaginaba. No puedo explicarlo, pero de alguna forma de sentí identificada con B, en especial con la parte del autoestima y en el sentido en que no se cree merecedora de la ‘felicidad’ es como si de alguna forma el autor a través de la protagonista estuviera comprendiendo muchos de los pensamientos que suelen rondar mi cabeza. Eso sí, odiaba las muchas veces que divagaba página tras página. Sin embargo, fue una historia que realmente d ...more
Kathy
I immediately knew I wanted to read this book when I watched the adorable trailer. Not only that hooked me, but also the name of the book, the cover - the fact that it was written from a female perspective, by a man! B, the main character is bursting with personality, humor and dignity. The storyline has that lovable kitsch factor. It summoned memories of the French film, Amélie. I had no idea what kind of journey the chapters would lead me to, but I excitedly followed along because of the fast, ...more
Claudia
I absolutely loved this book!!!! I read most of it in one sitting, just couldn't put it down.
As with some of the other reviews have said, I forgot the author was a guy because I could relate to her in so many ways (spot on with that whole corporate thing, by the way). I thought her character was so authentic because, we talk the same way...does that mean I sound like a guy? Meh, it's not the first time I've heard it, and I'll take that over a whiney chick anytime!
Yes, most women have issues wit
...more
Angela
¡OH MI DIOS! Que libro mas ideal, siento que no lo olvidare nunca, podría leerlo muchas veces y seguir queriéndolo, realmente siento que lo leeré mucha veces hasta que me aprenda cada parte. ¡Así es como deberíamos sentirnos todas! nada de perfección y presiones por ser lo que los demás desean de nosotros, solo ser seguras de nosotras, Quisiera volverme tan segura como lo hizo Bella.
Este libro lo recomendaría miles de veces, a todo el mundo, quiero ir ahora mismo y darle un gran abrazo y beso a
...more
Bobbie  Crawford
B as in Beauty
Written By: Alberto Ferreras
Published By: Grand Central Publishing a division of Hachette Book Group, 2009, First Edition, 352 pages, paperback
ISBN 978-0446697897

B as in Beauty is an unforgettable, touching story of one woman’s journey to find herself. I was quickly reeled into the story and I did not want to put the book down. This smoothly flowing novel has a refreshingly unique plot; it will take you on Beauty’s wild ride of self discovery, mild fetishism and self-empowerment. T
...more
Jessie Weaver
I keep mulling this one over in my head, and I just cannot come up with a conclusion. I don't know what I think about this book. I don't know if I liked it or not.

Ferreras shows great insight into a woman's mental life as he sketches out the character of 'B,' a girl who does not identify with her real name, Beauty. B is a late-twenties career woman who works in advertising under the Cruella deVille of bosses. A chubby Latina, she struggles with self-worth and throws herself into her work. Until
...more
Cassandra Carico
This book is fabulous. There are so many good lessons for life in this one little volume!

I picked this book up not knowing anything about it, only that a couple of friends had read it and given it rave reviews. Now I know why they said so little about it; they did not want to ruin the many surprises held within, and neither do I. All I am going to say is that I loved this book, and wish I had an Aunt like Natasha....
Kellie (CurtisandKellie)
What a great book and journey! B is an incredible character and as a plus size girl myself, I understand where she is coming from. I loved the little surprise in there, not what I was expecting from this book at all. A very good book that I would definitely recommend to anyone.
Becky S
It's a inspiring, enjoyable read that spoke out loud to me from every single page. I love the character and the story. I highly recommend this if you are a woman who has ever thought less of herself because of a flaw in her body...and who hasn't?
Aura
I loved this book. I'm usually not into chick lit, but this was definitely an exception. The main character was funny, relatable, and her story was very moving. My only complaint was that it was predictable at times.
Aliza
If you can get over the main character turning to a Madame to find the self-esteem she never had, then you will be in for a treat. The character, B is deliciously funny, witty and proudly Cuban.
Margaret
Jul 29, 2011 Margaret added it
Shelves: 2010
Fun, fast reading with a great underlying message: Love yourself as you are. Very enjoyable
Ritzyone
Great Book!!! Loved it
Lissette
Feb 26, 2013 Lissette rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lissette by: Francia Gomez
B is for Beauty is a story about a young woman named Bella. She is overweight, works in an office where she is under-appreciated, and has no future prospects of love or advancing at work. One day while filing for her taxes, Bella meets a Madame and from there the adventure begins. Bella becomes a "comfort professional", but for the clients of the most oddest of sorts. Nothing sexual happens, but its very fun in the things that do occur to her. Ultimately, the story is about how in every situatio ...more
Garci
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Liviania
B would prefer not to be named Beauty. She's known she was fat since her parents left her with a terrible nanny, and she'd prefer not to have the name to live up to. She can't get ahead in her job because of her looks and she feels terrible when she hangs out with her skinny and confident best friend Lillian. B's unhappy and desperate when she meets Madame.

And Madame thinks B would be perfect for her clients. She's a confident woman, ready to show B how gorgeous she is and how to find the men wh
...more
Sandra Lopez
Review:"B" is someone we can all relate to. She is all of the above and more--a woman who is not happy in her own skin; a woman whose body is not accepted by "skinny" society; a woman who is the "Mexican Burro" at her job (the only one who does any real work;) and, finally, like many of us, she is a woman desperately trying to climb up the corporate ladder for a better salary, a better lifestyle, a better everything.

I liked "B." She was a funny, sassy broad that told it like it was. You can't he
...more
María
Es un libro perfecto para el verano donde, no sé vosotros, no me apetece leer libros demasiado extensos. Lo lees rápido porque es un libro bastante ligero que leer y el verte a veces indentificada con Bella ayuda a eso. Bella es el único personaje que llegamos a conocer, el resto no están muy caracterizados y sólo sirven para que la historia llegue a su final. Hay un detalle que no me pareció realista: la historia de amor. No me creo que en unos días la protagonista ya afirme que se ha enamorado ...more
Ruth Meriba
B de Bella es un libro que me leí meramente por la recomendación de una tía, y vaya que me sorprendí que se ha convertido en uno de mis favoritos de este genero.

Les advierto, B de Bella si es el libro acerca de como una mujer enfrenta su autoestima por su apariencia. Pero, no es el clásico libro de la patito feo que al final termina casada con un Príncipe B de Bella deja atrás esas cursilerías frías y nos trae unos personajes que si son 'personajes'.

El libro es narrado por nuestra protagonista,
...more
Livin' la  Vida Latina
Reviewed by Sandra Lopez

Review:"B" is someone we can all relate to. She is all of the above and more--a woman who is not happy in her own skin; a woman whose body is not accepted by "skinny" society; a woman who is the "Mexican Burro" at her job (the only one who does any real work;) and, finally, like many of us, she is a woman desperately trying to climb up the corporate ladder for a better salary, a better lifestyle, a better everything.

I liked "B." She was a funny, sassy broad that told it
...more
Alea
I really enjoyed B as in Beauty, from B's weight struggles to work politics to trying to shine next to her beautiful friend, B has an authentic and relatable life. And then everything changes, she meets a woman that takes her on a journey to self acceptance, confidence and pride.

While the premise sounds like your normal enjoyable chick-lit title, he takes in a direction I definitely wasn't expecting but definitely enjoyed. I won't give anything away here, it's better to let the book reveal itsel
...more
Kathy
I love to read life inspiring books as this! B as in Beauty is a book featuring the life of a Cuban girl that struggles an entire lifetime with her weight. Being criticized for her excessive weight, Beauty develops many issues with food, life and relationships in general. I am sure that all of us are able to relate in so many ways to this story. Our self image is affected all the time with not being thin enough, smart enough, successful, or from physical, mental or emotional character flaws we s ...more
April
Typical fat girl narrative elements: self-deprecating, self-pitying, doormat female lead (named Beauty)
Typical romantic comedy elements: corporate job with a horrible boss in New York City with a best friend female confidant
Everything ultimately leads up to Beauty becoming a more assertive, confident and self-assured person with a rockin' boyfriend and a dream job.

Yet there are a couple of original things here:
-Beauty is Cuban-American (although this is only discussed occasionally in passing)
-Be
...more
Lorraine
She hates her job, she hates her name (Beauty) and she hates being fat. She calls herself “B” because Beauty doesn’t fit. She lives in New York, she’s a Cuban Latina (her parents are from Cuba, she’s hardworking, and she hates being the skinny girl’s sidekick (her friend Lillian).

Wave a magic wand and she is offered a (second) job that turns her life around and her confidence as well. Ah, that it could be so easy. But ah, that the author pulled it off with a believable feminine voice. What a fun
...more
Elizabeth
This is a fun addition to the chica-lit genre. The main character, Beauty or "B," is a voluptuous Cuban-American woman working in an ad-agency in NY. She has to deal with her internal body issues while also dealing with the career obstacles placed by her boss partly due to B's physical appearance.
While in the beginning of the novel I thought the plot would go in the direction of Ugly Betty, a third of the way in, the plot takes a left turn for the better. It is a hilarious read with some VERY m
...more
Lin
I'm not sure what to think about this book. It is written in the first person, but from a woman's body and a man's viewpoint. I could swear that a man is saying all these things in man language and how a man would think a woman would think. It certainly is not from what I would consider the feminine view. I am trying to overlook this, since I know the author is male, but it is really hard for me to get around.

Addendum: I am sort of stalled on this book. I am really having problems with the viewp
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 17 18 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Houston, We Have a Problema
  • Love in Bloom
  • Hungry Woman in Paris
  • Second Chances
  • Ace of Hearts (DECK of CARDZ, #1)
  • The Killing Tree
  • No Such Creature
  • Night of Flames: A Novel of World War II
  • The Poison Garden
  • Marked by Passion (The Guardians of Destiny, #1)
  • Becoming Latina in 10 Easy Steps
  • Haunted
  • The Gifted Gabaldón Sisters
  • F.I.L.O.S.
  • Fat Chance
  • Your Roots Are Showing
  • Sweetsmoke
  • For the Love of Pete
Una favola a Manhattan

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »

“The reason can make as much damage as passion.” 0 likes
More quotes…