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3.03  ·  Rating Details ·  197 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
A novel of insight and great humor; a Cinderella story of the triumphant makeover of the body and spirit of April Taylor, a fat girl from Queens with the right mind but the wrong body. It is also the story of Luis O'Neill half Irish, half Puerto Rican from the projects who makes it to Princeton. With the backdrop of the outrageous world of advertising and marketing this is ...more
Published January 1st 1982 by Putnam Publishing Group
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L.C. Evans
Dec 09, 2010 L.C. Evans rated it it was amazing
April Taylor tries to eat her way out of depression for months after the failure of her marriage. Luis O'Neill is emotionally unavailable to women and overcompensates in his job to make up for his upbringing in the projects. Eventually April and Luis meet.

Yes, this is a romance story about a woman and a man who find each other. But it isn't your typical romance. Author Consuelo Saah Baehr doesn't analyze her characters or let them analyze themselves. Instead, she takes readers deep into these p
Jaidis Shaw
Jul 13, 2011 Jaidis Shaw rated it it was ok
Nothing to Lose by Consuelo Saah Baehr is a story about breaking free from the stereo types, beating the odds, and taking the unexpected path in life. Good things don’t come to those who wait. They’re snatched up by those who seize the moment and make it their own and that’s exactly what April Taylor and Luis O’Neil were going to do!

April had always been a heavy-set girl but hadn’t really seen that as a hindrance. It merely was what it was. She had her mother’s large hazel eyes and her father’s
Beth Peninger
Oct 25, 2011 Beth Peninger rated it did not like it
The description of this book is WAY better than the actual book. I could only read about 100 pages before I gave up. It wasn't well written and was a very dull read. If a book cannot capture your interest and attention in the first chapter or two you are headed for a long, tedious read and that's what this book was turning out to be. I figure life is too short to waste time reading books that bore me so I decided to give it up. I am so disappointed too because I really wanted to like this book b ...more
Dec 20, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it
This is the 2nd book of Baehr's that I've read, and it was just as impressive as the first. I love Baehr's voice and writing style and her ability weave such great stories out of such seemingly ordinary people and events. The protagonist of this book struggles with body image, weight, and overeating, and the high point of this book for me was the way Baehr truly captured the shame that comes with having an addiction like this one. Very, very compelling stuff.

The characters were engaging and felt
Oct 17, 2012 Linda rated it it was ok
This review was originally posted on Big Al's Books and Pals review blog on Thursday, August 23, 2012

I think this book had a lot of potential, but due to an overuse of narrative, it missed the mark for me. There is some good dialogue throughout the story, but the author spends most of her time telling us what the characters think and feel, instead of showing us. When an author tells the story this way the characters end up flat, and I have a hard time connecting with them. It's like reading a te
Nancy Kennedy
Mar 09, 2014 Nancy Kennedy rated it liked it
This is one of those self published free books so there are the requisite typos and bad edits. Otherwise the story was riveting to me. A career girl starting her career in advertising about the same time I did and she has interesting weight and love life issues. Couldn't put it down!
Sylvia Martinez
Dec 09, 2013 Sylvia Martinez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nothing To Lose a fat girl romantic comedy was a great read. Let's just say I did not put it down and finished it in 3 days. The books takes place in New York and the main character is April. Nothing To Lose is about a Weight and Love. What woman has not dealt with these issues. I thing that is why I could not put it down. The main character find herself working in New York taking college classes and finding love and marriage. Only to find herself alone and divorced. You are taken on a journey ...more
Feb 12, 2012 Kate rated it liked it
This book is light hearted and fun, I enjoyed reading it. The characters were developed, so much so that I wanted to know more about, and I'm being deliberately vague, what happened with/ too the ex husband (considering the circumstantial build up)? and what hapened to the girlfriend (for the same reasons)? The characters were too well developed to just disappear from the storyline and this did leave me a little disappointed. The plot at the end also seemed rushed with more of a dramatic stop th ...more
Too much sex talk. Didn't match the summary.

Too much sex talk. Didn't match the summary. Not one of my top 1000 books. Couldn't read past 30 percent.
Tamara Stover
Nov 08, 2015 Tamara Stover rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

awesome book. Good read, interesting and easy going. Curl up sand relax with this great find. I would recommend it
Jul 15, 2013 Nehlia rated it liked it
This book was a funny, slightly "trashy" read for me on the long flight from L.A. to NY. The book is set in NY so that was cool that I was on my way there. I liked the development of the main character, but the whole weight issue and how she deals with it so she can get a man became a little annoying as the book progressed. I don't think I would recommend this book to anyone but there are some good parts that I enjoyed.
Elena Aitken
Mar 25, 2012 Elena Aitken rated it liked it
There were parts of this book that had me rooting for April (the main character) and then there were times when I really just wanted her to smarten up.
I found it annoying that all her problems seemed to be fixed by losing weight. There really was no internal journey to mark the transformation.
All in all...okay. But I was disappointed.
Phyllis Swain
Feb 28, 2014 Phyllis Swain rated it it was ok
I had a hard time following the characters but was able to relate with April on some of her self image issues.
Apr 26, 2012 Hannah rated it liked it
downloaded as a free kindle book one day. thought I would read it as an in between book and so far I have really liked it. the story of these two seperate people who, have seperate paths and problems, and how they meet and affect each other makes a great read
Mar 24, 2012 jennifer rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindle
This started off really promising. The beginning read like literary fiction, then it slowly devolved into some kind of awful beach read. Oh, well. This is one of those things I could have judged better by cover.
Karrie Scarbrow
Oct 22, 2013 Karrie Scarbrow rated it did not like it
I am so disappointed this book. I tried to persevere with it but I honestly can say I was so lost in the book not in a good way. I could not make any sense if it.
Feb 05, 2012 Leilla rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-finished
The writing is boring, the characters unengaging and predictable.
April Cothern
Oct 13, 2012 April Cothern rated it liked it
ok book. very heavy stuff and not really what I thought it was
Apr 02, 2012 Lisa rated it it was ok
I couldn't get into this book.
Jul 21, 2012 Suzanne rated it really liked it

Great! Really enjoyed it.
Aug 31, 2013 D rated it did not like it
All I can say is BORING!
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