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Picture Perfect

(Picturing Perfect #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  4,477 ratings  ·  412 reviews
Fashion design major Cat Mitchell has a closet full of gorgeous clothes - and not a single thing fits. After two years of runway modeling for easy cash, an accident shattered her lower leg bone and her self-esteem in just one swift fall. Ten months of no exercise, prescription steroids, comfort eating and yoga pants meant returning to campus as a size twelve instead of her ...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published March 26th 2013 (first published March 21st 2013)
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Apr 05, 2013 marked it as dnf-p50-rule  ·  review of another edition
Warning: Rant review and a serious abuse of gifs.


So. This is the story of a girl who used to be a model. She was in an accident, got her leg fucked up, was laid up for a while and then in physical therapy for a while longer, learning to walk again. She put on 60 lbs in that year, going from a size 2 to a size 12. And now she feels fat and ugly.

I know, Dean. I feel the same way.

Then she runs into a super hot guy who happens to think she's the most gorgeous female ever to walk the planet. Or ma
JoJo - JJJ (Jo Anna) Janesko
This was given to me by the author for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book. I felt like I could really relate to the heroine. I think we all have had unwanted weight and have felt like we needed to crawl under a rock because of it. This book was a book of self discovery of what beauty really is an of course a wonderful love story. This book is a must read.
Apr 10, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Rating change on 1-16-14. I hate to say this, but someone asked me what was one book that I hated and I said this one without question. I guess in my eyes, Nate really didn't save the book that much. 1 Star read from me.

I have to be real here for a minute. I am not thin. I am not a size 12. I am larger, how large? Not really sure anymore, since I wear yoga pants most of the time and I cut out my tags so I never have to see a size on ANY of my clothes. I don't even shop for clothes myself. I sen
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 03-kindlebooks

That is exactly how I picture Cat... but, you know, blonde.
and that is a real model, btw. She was anorexic and she now is a proud pluz sized model, her name is Header Hazzan

Picture Perfect was an excellent story, I loved it so so much. When I first read the summary I just knew I had to read that book -had too. When I finally got the book I have to admit that I was actually worried that I wouldn't like it, it sounded like something just too good for me, it's the kind of story I would like to
Lyla Payne
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Cat is a heroine that's all too uncommon these days - a girl who is vulnerable and hurting over a breakup, confused and struggling to accept the changes in her body after an accident, and simple to connect with from the very first page. I adore Cat, and felt every step of her journey to self-acceptance alongside her.

When her therapist encourages her to try modeling nude for a University art class, Cat never dreamed she'd be baring it all for the most gorgeous boy in the world - or that when they
Jul 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so the end of Picture Perfect mostly redeems the first 3/4 of the book. Mostly. I do love the message of the ending, which can be boiled down to "True beauty really does come from within."

How much better would the world be if women never had to believe that their dress size was the only thing about them that mattered? I believe women should be encouraged to be healthy and strong, whatever that looks like for each individual. I believe women should be told from birth that true desirability
Scott-robert Shenkman
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Stephanie Parent
Warning: this is as much a little essay about body image and new adult as a review... :D

I loved this book and thought the concept was a really great, original and relevant one for the new adult genre. Yes, we need books that address body-image issues for and about ALL age groups (well, maybe not toddlers, but ya know what I mean...) but I actually think this topic dovetails really well with other new adult concerns. It may seem superficial, but, as this book shows us, the way you look and feel i
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
First off can I say that Picture Perfect should be read by all girls who have a self esteem issue and a weight issue. It is funny that I stumbled upon this book and could not wait to get my hands on it. I have struggled with my weight for many years and I could relate to Cat because I was always skinny growing up and then I went to college and got engaged and pregnant and the weight started coming on. It is so easy for girls to get depressed about the weight and being fat because being fat is ou ...more
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it

Cat is on a journey of self discovery.


After a riding accident that leaves her 60lbs heavier
College Fashion design major Cat Mitchel is left with some major self esteem and body issues.

Her therapist prescribes something radical to stop the downward spiral - nude modeling for a nearby college's human form drawing classes.

There she meets Nate.
Nate is sexy sweet and is very much into the Curvy Cat.
He is everything that Cat wants and he makes her feel like her old self again.

But Nate's hidin
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-read
So wow. I'll start with this. The only thing I had a hard time with was picturing Cat. She was tall and stick thin, a former model,, gained 60 pounds and was then a size 12-14. For me personally I just couldn't picture her in my head. Her sorority sisters were extremely supportive with her and her body issues which was nice. No hate. Jake the snake, well he deserved her harsh words. He was a dick. Nate....,, ah Nate. The hard bodied good looking guy who saw Cat, not the chubby chick. And he real ...more
Denise Grover Swank
I loved this book. <3

Fashion design major Cat Mitchell used to be a runway model until an accident made it difficult for her to walk, let alone strut down a runway. Several months later and sixty pounds heavier, Cat’s life has entirely changed, and not for the better. None of her beautiful clothes fit and her boyfriend publicly dumps her. At the urging of her therapist, she accepts a nude modeling job at nearby college art class and meets Nate, who sees past her size and helps her realize it’s w
Akanksha❤ Søren♰
The book felt real, something every normal girl/woman can relate to.
Not everyone is perfect!! 0 is not a size or a number!
Everyone deserves a HEA and everybody is beautiful; inside and out.. thin or fat. :)

I really liked this, I could kinda relate to this on a personal level!
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have had these books on my wish list for a while, so when I saw Picture Perfect was free on amazon I knew it was a sign telling me I HAD to get it, and with one click I had it ready and waiting, and it didn't really have to wait that long as I dropped everything to read this.
Within two chapters of Picture Perfect my heart was breaking for Cat, going from someone who thinks she has it all, boyfriend, great friends, fantastic body, and a modelling job, to someone who's boyfriend isn't interested
Dee Montoya
Mar 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: free
***3 Stars***

I've been wanting to read this book since I read the very interesting blurb but even though the essence of the book is genuine and heartwarming, this novel felt flat for me. :(

Cat used to be a model, after a terrible horseback riding accident that shattered her leg, she is a totally different girl. Due to the drugs and immobility she had to endure after the accident she felt deep into a depression that has transformed her body from a size 2 to a 12. She's back in college for a brand
Heroine is a former size 2 model who after an accident with a horse gains 60lbs and is now a size 12. She feels fat, which is understandable because she was a former size 2. She meets handsome, 6 pack abs (think Ryan Reynolds) hero, who is a dream come true. They once knew one another when they were kids at camp. Hottie hero used to be chunky and now has a body most men would die for.

At times this was a very sweet romance and it didn't annoy me as much as some books where a size 12 is practicall
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When I first finished Picture Perfect I had really pleasant thoughts. The novel has all the necessary NA elements of a college setting, hot guy meets shy/unpopular girl and helps her bloom. Now that I let myself stew for a few days my opinion has become a bit more topsy survy. I will agree that this book is a self-esteem amper-upper and females of all ages should read it who suffer from weight issues. However, now the biggest issue I have with this book is that every character with a current
Veronica Bartles
I don't usually read romance novels, because I'm not a big fan of the sex scenes, and I'll usually put a book aside pretty quickly if there's a lot of profanity (particularly the f-bomb) on the pages. But a friend of the author sent me an eARC of PICTURE PERFECT, simply to make sure the formatting was coming through properly on the ebook. She (the mutual friend, who sent it to me) gave me permission to read the book, if I chose, but she warned me that it had plenty of swearing and steamy sex sce ...more
Apr 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this story with touch anyone who has ever has an issue with their weight. I think everyone at some point in their life has had a moment when they just weren't comfortable in their own skin. I personally connected with Cat.

Cat was thin in the beginning, but after a riding accident she gains weight. Cat's therapist suggested nude modeling for an art class to help her become more aquatinted and comfortable with her new body. I'm not sure that I could ever muster up the guts that it would t
Rachel Harris
If I could give this book 10 stars, I totally would. This fed my soul. I don't know of any higher praise to give it than that. This topic is just so important to me, it was handled beautifully, I loved every moment...yeah, I recommend this one :) ...more

Thank you, thank you, thank you! This is what I want from New Adult, people. And it's not so hard to do either. This is proof that you can write a great, perfect romance with not so perfect main characters. Thank you.
Claudia B.
Mar 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-adult
You had me at size 12!
Dec 31, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Currently free on Amazon(12/31)
Kristi Cramer
Okay, so the end of Picture Perfect mostly redeems the first 3/4 of the book. Mostly. I do love the message of the ending, which can be boiled down to “True beauty really does come from within.”

How much better would the world be if women never had to believe that their dress size was the only thing about them that mattered? I believe women should be encouraged to be healthy and strong, whatever that looks like for each individual. I believe women should be told from birth that true desirability
Lauren ♥ Inked in Chapters
You can read this and other reviews at Madisonsays

I don’t think there is a woman alive that is completely satisfied with their body. Cat Mitchell is no exception. After severely fracturing a bone in her leg due to a freak horseback riding accident, Cat finds herself with a closet full of clothes which are way too small and 60 extra pounds on her once slender frame. Exercising like she used to is out of the question due to the metal rod in her leg. Over time, Cat begins to feel depressed about he
If you'd like to read a character interview with Cat and Nate click here!

This will be one of those rant and review, reviews (the good kind) because this book deserves it. To put my feelings about this book into words might be a bit difficult, to say it left me speechless is to the point. This book was such a beautiful little story with such a powerful message and I loved it so much. I feel like an obvious thing that I loved about this book is that Cat was a bigger girl, there's nothing wrong wi
I absolutely loved Picture Perfect! It made me cry from sadness, and then from happiness, and then I started crying again when I sat to write this review. It was just seriously amazing! Cat's journey toward self-acceptance is one that I think is highly relatable to just about everyone, no matter what your size or body type. Cat use to be a model, but after an accident shattered her lower leg, she gained sixty pounds. Now, she's back at school, her clothes fit different, her body moves differentl ...more
Feb 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2013, arc
Thank you to the author and publisher for the opportunity to read this book. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Cat is a model who, after suffering an unfortunate horse-riding accident, has to go through extensive surgeries and therapy, resulting in her gaining 60 lbs. When modeling and fashion is the only thing she knew (and that paid the bills) she returns to college uneasy and insecure about her body. Add her sort-of boyfriend humiliating her in front of everyone to the mix -
Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog
3.25 Stars

I am real. I am beautiful.

I was so freaking excited for this book and for it to come out early made me just giddy. I was so amped up to read this. The description of the story was something right up my alley, as well very relatable to a lot of women with body issues. With that said, once I started to get going, I was starting to feel slightly disappointed.

“My whole identity was wrapped up in being a model. In people thinking I’m beautiful. I loved that feeling. I don’t know how
Mar 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved, loved, looooved the idea behind this book! The “I am a Real Woman hear me roar” is always a great subject to read when in fact I am one of these types of women.
I fell in love with the characters instantly, finding Cat’s vulnerability relatable and Nate’s shy nature adorable. I thought it was refreshing to see a ‘HOT’ male character take the lead and be just as desirable as all the sarcastic, Hotties that have taken over the #1 top selling spots. Don’t get me wrong. I love all those guy
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Alessandra Thomas is a New Adult writer who swears she was in her twenties yesterday. Since that’s sadly untrue, she spends her time looking back on her college years fondly, and writing sexy stories about guys and girls falling in love and really living life for the first time.

When she’s not writing, you can find her with a spoonful of ice cream in one hand and the newest New Adult release in the

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