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The Shape of You

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  654 Ratings  ·  145 Reviews
Too big. Too fat.
All his life Eric Sontag has judged himself on his size, believing love and friendship aren't in the cards for someone like him. Tired of being alone and scared of his doctor’s warnings, he enrolls in a nutrition support group, determined to change his life. When a beautiful thin man sits next to him, he can’t believe they have anything in common, but con
278 pages
Published June 27th 2017
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Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story is about an overweight librarian with an underweight artist who met each other during a nutrition support group. They become fast friend through their mutual food issue and decided to help each other to get healthy by being dinner buddy and confidant.

There is a lot of weight shaming going on in this book, which I guess is the point of this story with Eric as the main character who have low self esteem and love to eat for comfort. I'm guilty as charge for being the person who didn't w
Denise H.
*** A beautiful, stand alone, love story ! ***
Eric is a big man, at 6'3", 285 lbs., a Librarian,

but he's always had a weight problem. He and his Dad ate to fill the hole left when his Mom passed away young.
Eric's doc told him he'd better shape up, so he joins a Nutrition Group to learn to eat better and get healthy. In class he meets Corey, who is skinny but unhealthy.
Corey, 5'10", 140 lbs., an artist assistant,

needs to learn nutrition and to not skip meals.
He was recently hospitalized fo

“Eric might look at him and see beauty, but Corey knew the ugliness he carried onside”

Gorgeous cover.
Gorgeous story.
Now I know why Hope Vincent bragging about loving Corey the most.
But Eric is 'me'. I can relate to his issues. It’s not easy struggling all your life with that kind of issue. Sometimes, it cost people a depression. And depression is never pretty.

“I was with you. Because I wanted to be.”
“But why? I’m plain and fat, and you’re so_”
“Cold, I’m always cold. And being with you make
Review originally posted at Sinfully.

In The Shape of You, Felice Stevens gives us two men whose problems outwardly seem on the opposite ends of the spectrum, but who really are dealing with some of the same things. Eric and Corey have battled weight issues all their lives and both have gotten to the point where their health is at risk. They meet at a nutrition class and become partners in the class. The attraction is immediate but neither of them thinks the other would want to be with them. Bot
Dawn Nicole Costiera
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Hope filled stars!
Felice Stevens writes such beautiful inspirational love stories and she always has me falling for her guys! The Shape of You is just another prime example of her talent. It is a unique story that was forlorn at times but filled with so much hope, love and ultimately light..... It shows us how by taking one step in the right direction can change our lives forever. Never give up, there is always hope! Eric & Corey prove that love can truly conquer all....

Len Evans Jr
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Felice Stevens once again delivers a story full of heart and love and personal growth of the characters. This book was a delight to read! The premise of the story is definitely not your run-of-the-mill fake boyfriend, sports jocks, etc fare. "The Shape of You" is about two guy's both with eating issues but on opposite sides of the spectrum. Eric and Corey quickly became very real to me and it was a tearful (happy and sad) following their path finding each other. I would definitely recommend this ...more
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From the first moment I was introduced to Felice Stevens’ work by author Catherine Gayle, I was hooked and with each book I read by her, I thank my lucky starts that Catherine thought I’d enjoy her work and put me in touch. Ms. Stevens’ latest release, The Shape of You, is her most profound work to date and that’s saying a lot because she has written some very memorable stories, but there was something in the men in this book that I think make it easy for readers to connect with them. Abandonmen
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hurt-comfort, mm, gbr
3.5 stars

Expect lots of sugar with this one. My teeth hurt a little now. But I still liked it and it gave me all the warm fuzzies, so if you want something to make you feel good, read this one.

Eric has always been overweight, but now it’s time to really start eating healthy and change his life around. And that’s why he joins a nutrition support group where on his first night there he meets Corey. Although Eric has no idea why Corey is even there since he looks perfectly skinny to him.

But Corey i
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: alphabookclub, 2017
3/5 Stars for The Shape of You. Unfortunately, I don't think this was Stevens' best work. It's clear that I'm in the minority pool on this one, but I just wasn't feeling it.

I know that this book is very much centered on weight. It's clear from the blurb that one of the MC's is a bigger guy and that a lot of this book was going to be about his struggles with his weight and accepting himself... but it just went a little too far. I kept rolling my eyes more and more the further I got through the bo
Funzee Shu
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing

"You took the time to find me when I was lost and ready to run..."


This book had won my heart since the first time I saw the gorgeous-beautiful breathtaking-cover that day...

Well, I can say I'm falling deeply in love with the cover, and for a cover slut like me, it's like getting an instant covergasm just from seeing the cover!

The blurb was the other things that drawn my curiosity for more.

Eric is a librarian with overweight problem. A loner. A hard warning from his doctor to change his ea
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Where to start? There is so much more to this book than your typical love story between two men. This story is about REAL acceptance -- not only of others but of yourself. We learn that all the assumptions and presumptions we make about others cause us to stay in our own little bubbles and close ourselves off to even the smallest of beautiful experiences. Even those who seemingly have no problems, have some that are just under the surface. Corey and Eric meet at a nutrition class. Eric is a big ...more
Jenny Wood
Jun 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Okay, So.... first we have Corey; told by his doctor that if he didn't lose weight, he was facing health problems that could be life threatning if he didn't get his weight under control.
It scared him enough to join a nutrition class to make some changes in his diet and help himself.
That's where he meets Corey.

Corey has the opposite problem, the life he's lived hasn't been easy and it's effected him in a different way. He "forgets" to eat and when he does manage to force himself to eat somethi
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Wow! I am thoroughly impressed! I honestly didn't think Felice Stevens could pull off the depth of this story. In fact after i finished the book I had to double check she was the author.
Although I have not read ALL of her books I have read enough to say that this book pulls from a depth of feelings not found in any of her other books. And it's not just the topic but how it is approached and delved into.
Surely a story to leave me thinking about my own perceptions and assumptions.
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a copy to read and review for Wicked Reads

I love Felice Stevens books, they give me the feels. This book didn't disappoint. Corey and Eric each have their own issues with food. When they team up to work on a class project together they become friends and then more. These guys both have emotional baggage and I liked seeing both sides to these guys. Most people know about the harassment/bullying people get when people are overweight but people tend to forget the other end of the spectru
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
4.5 Stars

When Eric has an eye-opening visit with his doctor, who stresses the health problems, like high blood pressure and high cholesterol, he is currently facing are a precursor leading him to the same early death his father suffered. Eric takes the doctor's advice seriously and joins a group focused on healthy eating. There he meets Corey, but he's not sure why the slender man is there. He can't have any problems associated with food, can he?

I applaud Ms. Stevens for taking on multiple eati
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Food sustains the body, is tied to cultures and traditions, and also brings joy (chocolate). Something needed for basic survival can also become an enemy. Eric and Corey are prime examples of this.

Eric was raised by a single father who used food as a comfort/coping mechanism after his wife died. Eric learned early to equate food with love, to use it as a band-aid for life's problems, and to hate the results that comes with overeating. His father died young from a heart attack. Eric's doctor is w
This book is a cake donut filled with jelly covered in caramel glaze covered in sprinkles. So it's like totally sweet. To be honest I really didn't think I was going to enjoy it, but I did. I've read a couple of books now with overweight MC's and though this is not the best one it was good. Eric and Corey hit it off from the very first night they meet at a nutrition class and a friendship develops that turns into romance. This book is quiet. There's not a lot of action, just two guys that have f ...more
Dara Nelson
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
How could I not identify with this story? Weight issues? check. Self-image issues? Check. Low-self-esteem? Check. At times I felt like I was Eric. But at others I felt like I was Corey. In other words, we all have our issues, every one of us, and just because someone might 'look normal' on the outside doesn't mean they aren't struggling too. Something to keep in mind as we rush through our busy days - and something that this beautiful story conveys perfectly.
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As soon as I read the blurb I knew had to read this book. A different POV on very relevant topic. Body issues we all have them but I honestly never think of a man having them.
This book deals with both sides of the weight issue spectrum. Corey had trouble  gaining weight where Eric was overweight. But those weren't their only problems both had childhoods that affected their relationship food and both had serious self esteem issues. While learning to deal with these problems a beautiful friendship
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it
It was ok. I liked how both MCs were not perfect.
Ruthie Taylor
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is a really fabulous book - and at the end I found I was unexpectedly tearful. Ms Stevens has a wonderful way of introducing characters into the reader's mind, and then giving plenty of opportunity to for him/her to empathise, envy and want everything to work for the pair. In this case, such a powerful message was included with the romance, that it should have everyone thinking a little more about the assumptions th
Sue bowdley
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book really felt like home to me.....Eric needs to lose weight and Corey needs to put weight on....Same as my hubby and me......They really learned each other slowly....Eric didn't have much confidence in himself after losing his mother as a child and his father as an adult.....He really didn't think much of himself and when he meets Corey at a class for nutrition it took a while to get to trust him...Corey was left alone most of his childhood by a mother who just disappeared....I really fe ...more
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
True rating: This was a 3.5 star read for me (and not a 4 just because it sort of lagged toward the end for me, but it was still a good book, so I decided to round it UP) :-)!!
Anne-Marie Mogensen
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in a seemed impossible to put it down. It's been less than a year since I discovered the talent that is Felice Stevens. I feel honoured to have the privilege of reading and reviewing her books.

The Shape of You...the shape of me...the shape of us...the shape of them. As humans we come in all sorts of different shapes...and no shape is better or worse than any other shape. But that knowledge doesn't make it any easier to find peace and happiness with the way we look. And
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I’m not going to lie – a large part of why I requested this book was because of the title. I instantly started singing Ed Sheeran, and my mind filled with expectations. I know I shouldn’t have equated the two, but such is where my mind headed. In all honesty, I do not consider Shape of You to be Ed Sheeran’s most emotional song – now, due to the emotional depth of this book, I have an all new favourite Shape of You in my mind.

Honestly, this book was wonderful. It is so much more than a simple lo
Chris Kottner-Kirschner
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bei einer Ernährungsberatungsgruppe lernt der übergewichtige Eric Sonntag einen extrem schlanken und distanzierten Mann kennen. Was genau Corey DeSantis hier will, erschließt sich Eric nicht. Doch er findet ihn wahnsinnig attraktiv, auch wenn er sich natürlich sofort klar macht, dass Corey in einer völlig anderen Liga spielt.

Doch nicht nur Eric hat Probleme mit dem Essen. Auch Corey hat definitiv ein Problem mit seiner Ernährung. Stress und Gedankenlosigkeit lassen ihn oft darauf vergessen. Das
Jodi Ciorciari-marinich
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story. Felice is a genius when it comes to writing real life situations.
We have 2 very different men both with eating disorders. One is heavier and the other is too skinny. When they meet Eric decides that their couldn't be anything wrong with Corey because he is skinny and Boy, he is wrong.
Eric has been overweight most of his life and suffers from low self esteem. He mother passed when he was young and his father tried to raise him the best he could. Unfortunately they used food t
Isabella ~Mikku-chan~
*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*

I have to say I never read a book written by Felice which hadn't impressed me and this book is another example of how great Felice Stevens write. This book has its focus on two opposite character; Eric and Corey both have weight issues, where Eric is dealing with his heavy weight, Corey is the total opposite and too thin.

The topic is a really heavy one and not easy to display. Felice is able to not only catch the pr
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m
This book was recommended to me. I'd be curious to learn how someone without weight issues would rate this book, but for me, it was 2.5 stars.

Full confession: I used to be over 300lbs. I've lost over 150lbs thanks to bariatric surgery, support from friends and family, and working with nutritionists to change my lifestyle. But I was overweight from third grade until my early 30s. So trust me when I say that I know what it's like to live life as an overweight person.

But the story told here is not
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is about Eric, an overweight librarian, and Corey, an underweight artist. They meet in a nutrional support class and decide to buddy up.
Felice is a master at telling a love story. She brings so much depth to the characters they come alive before my eyes. I always get pulled into her stories and this was not exception. On the surface, Eric and Corey are complete opposites but they recognize something in the other that keeps them gravitating towards each other. It was great seeing Eric t
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I have always been a romantic at heart. I believe that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending around the corner, My characters have to work for it, however. Like life in NYC, nothing comes easy and that includes love.

I live in New York City with my husband and two children and hopefully soon a cat of my own. My day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine
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