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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
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Kindle Edition, 280 pages
Published June 27th 2017
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
~2.5~

Not all overweight people are miserable bastards! Eric was just so insecure, always assuming he'd get picked on because of his weight. It wasn't attractive.

As for Corey . . . I didn't really understand why he didn't eat when he hated being skinny. It was something to do with his childhood, but I didn't buy it.

However, as a very thin person myself, I can vouch for the fact that people say things to skinny people they'd never say to fat people. A couple years ago at a professional conferenc
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Amanda
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
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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 f
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Bibliophile
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
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annob
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, dnf
Dnf @ 35 %
I liked the sound of the blurb and the look of the cover art; so happy to see characters with looks not adhering to the romance novel default body type. The theme and topics promising, but unfortunately this story was too sad and blue for me.

It could perhaps have worked if the chemistry between the characters had been more tangible, but as it stands the story didn't really offer any reasons for me to keep reading.
Lelyana
“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
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Len Evans Jr
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Susan
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, gbr, hurt-comfort
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
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Debra
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
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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
Jordan
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: alphabookclub
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
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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....

I LOVED THESE BOYS.
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Nerea
Jan 04, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5* Reminder to myself: DONT READ BOOKS where any of the MC is a PAINTER!!

Really... the painting process in this boook and the artist´s method is so stereotyped!!!


I liked the main characters and the way the author speaks about the eating disorders... of course, these characters have NOT very severe issues, because if they would have I really hoped to see that they had some type of medical help, specially Corey.

Then , we have some very irrelevant subplots that really bored me :(
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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
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Funzee Shu
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"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 chang
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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
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Sue
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
namericanwordcat
I read the whole thing but I was annoyed most of the time lol. I wanted this to be good. The idea of looking a food from these two angles is very good but...

I liked the characters. However the writing.... not good. It repeats and the character development spins it the same location without depth. There needed to be much more nuance and psycoligicla explorations.

oh and therapy.

So, not good.

Mercedes
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.
Angie
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
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Elizabeth
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it
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
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
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Tj
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
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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.
Tammi
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
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BR11
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
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Siobhan
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
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Anne-Marie Mogensen
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in a day...it 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
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Felice Stevens has always been a romantic at heart. She believes that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending around the corner, Her characters have to work for it, however. Like life in NYC, nothing comes easy and that includes love.

She lives in New York City and has way too much black in her wardrobe yet can't stop buying "just one more pair" of black pants. Felice is a happily addic
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