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B as in Beauty

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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, 335 pages
Published April 24th 2009 by Grand Central Publishing (first published April 4th 2009)
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Alberto Ferreras
Feb 11, 2009 Alberto Ferreras rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I loved it.... but again.... I wrote it.
Karla
May 02, 2013 Karla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Journeywoman
Apr 07, 2009 Journeywoman rated it liked it
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.
Jenny Devildoll
Nov 28, 2010 Jenny Devildoll rated it did not like it
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Andrea S.
May 29, 2014 Andrea S. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, my-favorites
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
May 20, 2009 Kathy rated it it was amazing
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
May 30, 2009 Claudia rated it it was amazing
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
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Angela
Sep 16, 2014 Angela rated it it was amazing
¡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
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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
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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
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Sara
Dec 13, 2015 Sara rated it it was ok
Puntaje real: 1,5. Lo único que salva es que es lo suficiente entretenido como para terminarlo y en realidad no está mal escrito.
Mi problema con este libro es el fondo, la idea que trasmite. No niego que cada quien pueda descubrir su forma de ser feliz en las situaciones más insólitas, pero este libro entra en la categoría de "una absoluta complilación de clichés, eso no es un libro sino un diccionario".
Latina, con sobrepeso que no consigue un aumento y es infeliz por no tener novio. Gente con g
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Frida Hdez
Apr 12, 2016 Frida Hdez rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Estuvo increíble, amé este libro.

La novela fluye con facilidad, no te aburres nunca y amé absolutamente todo.
Amé los personajes que Alberto inventó y definitivamente B es uno de esos personajes que jamás olvidarás, se mete en tu cabeza y en tu corazón.

Lloré, reí, me hizo pensar, me hizo sentirme identificada con los problemas que ella pasa respecto a su cuerpo y a su forma de ser y al final me hizo sentir...bella.
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Cassandra Carico
Jul 11, 2009 Cassandra Carico rated it it was amazing
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....
Diana
Jan 30, 2015 Diana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"El secreto de ser bella es sentirse bella"

Amé la historia de principio a fin, sobre todo porque el autor consiguió plasmar perfectamente los pensamientos que seguramente han rondado por la cabeza de muchas mujeres (incluyéndome). Creo que hasta ahora nunca había leído un libro con una protagonista con la que me haya identificado tanto como con B. Bella es un personaje tan realista, que al momento en que nos va contando poco a poco la historia muchas podemos llegar a sentirnos identificadas co
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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
Apr 12, 2012 Becky S rated it really liked it
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?
Alexia Garcia
Aunque el libro me enganchó no es de mis favoritos. Es cierto que cuenta una historia mas realista que el de otros libros, pues trata sobre una chica con bastante sobrepeso que tiene la autoestima baja, y si es real ya que muchas mujeres pasan por esto pero no es nada original a mi parecer.
Este libro intenta ademas de entretenerte que aprendas a quererte con tus defectos, pues la protagonista recibe muy buenos consejos que tu también puedes poner en practica aunque desde mi punto de vista no fun
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Aura
Aug 19, 2011 Aura rated it really liked it
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
May 10, 2009 Aliza rated it liked it
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.
L.C. Julia
Jan 22, 2015 L.C. Julia rated it really liked it
Un libro muy bueno, con un monton de enseñanzas sobre la vida y lo que es la verdadera imagen. Tiene una idea original que no había leído en ningun libro antes, y fue realmente interesante y habil la forma que el autor manejo cada inclusion de un nuevo personaje para dejar unn mensaje al lector.
La historia de amor tendría que haber resultado un poco más profunda a mi gusto para ser llamada así, pero tiene su encanto y B realmente es un muy buen personaje, que aprende y crece dentro de la histor
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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
Apr 13, 2012 Ritzyone rated it it was amazing
Great Book!!! Loved it
Lissette
Feb 26, 2013 Lissette rated it really liked it  ·  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
May 28, 2011 Garci rated it it was amazing
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Liviania
Jun 12, 2012 Liviania rated it really liked it
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
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Sandra Lopez
Aug 11, 2012 Sandra Lopez rated it really liked it
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
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María
Aug 02, 2012 María rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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
Mar 27, 2013 Ruth Meriba rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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,
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Livin' la  Vida Latina
Dec 18, 2012 Livin' la Vida Latina rated it really liked it
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
Apr 19, 2009 Alea rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-for-review
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
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