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The perfect romantic makeover story about an every-girl whose dream comes true . . . Beatrice Wilson is our lovable Cinderella, who just got dumped by her very first boyfriend and put on twenty-five pounds. But then she's discovered as a plus model. In the eyes of pop culture, Bee is Jessica Alba and then some! Now she must vanquish skinny rivals, fend off sleazy photogs, ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 5th 2010 by Razorbill (first published April 2009)
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Peace Love and Reviews
Mar 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
First page got me rooting for our heroine already. Her name is Beatrice but all her friends and family call her Bee. She is 5 foot 8 inches tall, 17 year old pre-med at Columbia (yes, absolute brain child. Her father is a scientist and her mother is an economist) and "had" a perfect boyfriend - Brian. Until he dumped her claiming she's so immature for his 19 year old male bravado. Seriously! wait till you read what a jerk he is. Anyway... Bee then started eating her emotions. She gained 25 lbs. ...more
Rachel Kramer Bussel
Jul 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Lizzy
Mar 18, 2010 rated it liked it
I had a lot of digesting to do after this one, and while I could rant about the topic of "plus-size" models, I really want my review to focus on the book.

What I liked: I liked how the book handled the issue of self-confidence. It gave me the impression that women shouldn't apologize for being plus-size, and that all women should embrace the bodies they have. Bee was given an exercise routine, which I thought also had a nice message (you don't need to be super-thin, but you should develop healthy
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Lauren
Dec 18, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Plus is the perfect breezy read for a lazy day in summer. Since, it's a funny and well written novel, while still having a serious under tone.

Bee was a decent main character, though she had several faults that made her quite annoying at times. Her outlook on life and modeling was realistic, but I hated how at times she would dump her best friend, Chela, just to go hang out with her modeling friends. Also, don't even get me started on her whole relationship with Brian! He was a awful guy who got
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Ashley
Aug 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I love, Love, LOVED this book! I am so glad Cosmo recommended it to me. The story is of Bee, a 17 year old college freshman. She gets dumped by her way too brainy boyfriend, and puts on the Freshman Fifteen (plus 10 for good measure) She gets discovered by a modeling agent, and becomes a role model for girls all over. There's cattiness behind the scenes with her and her lookalike, Savannah, but the humor and the manner in which the book is written made me want a sequel! ...more
Laura
Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
A light, fast read. It starts out fluffy, but gets a little deeper as the story goes along. I liked the behind-the-scenes details of the modeling world. I also liked the way the author incorporated the heroine's name, Bee, into the title of each chapter. ...more
Nancy Zhao
This book gives us a whole new different perspective of the modeling society! It turns out sometimes modeling isn't as easy as it looks, and that Bee's troubles were only beginning! This is a truly amazing book! ...more
Amy
Aug 30, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked the premise of the book, just not all of the execution of the book.

Bee is a premed student. Her boyfriend Brian broke up with her, crushing her heart and helped her expand her waistline. Then amazingly Bee gets noticed by a modeling scout. Bee ends up going full model and college student mode. She needs to stop tutoring Kevin, an aspiring rapper who wants to rap and have an education. Bee struggles with finding herself and what she stands for. Bee needs to watch herself around Savannah H
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Michelle
Jul 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010, ya
At only 17 years old, Beatrice Wilson is exactly where she wants to be: a student at a respected Ivy League college taking a full load and dating Brian, the boy of her dreams. Or, at least she was until Brian dumps her without warning and Bee is left stunned and depressed. Twenty-five pounds and one broken heart later, Bee is still determined to find a way to get Brian back when a modeling agency executive signs her as the newest, hottest plus-sized model. Although she's thrilled at first, the f ...more
Liviania
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I hope this is the right cover for PLUS; I've seen at least three making the internet rounds. Honestly, I don't like any of the three. They're either head shots or this foot shot. Let's see an awesome plus-sized model on the cover. (It's not like they'd have to put an actual plus-sized girl since plus-sized model means something like an 8-12 dress size. This is well-pointed out in the novel when the girls complain about their weight.)

I am amazed by how timely PLUS is. Veronica Chambers, a former
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Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Apr 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teen, or anyone who likes light hearted reads
Bee (Beatrice) wasn't real thin when she started gaining weight. It wasn't something that she realized overnight either. After being dumped by her boyfriend, she just sort of lets herself go and it wasn't till a bit later that she realizes her cloths just don't fit right anymore. One thing she never thought would happen is being asked to be a plus size model. Now if someone asked you to be a plus size model would find that flattering or insulting?

Bee takes on the job of being a plus size model
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Farai
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Farai Major
Ms. St. Clair
English 10
7 December
Plus book review
This semester I had the joy to be able to read the book, Plus, by Veronica Chambers. This book is a story about a girl named Beatrice or for short, bee. Bee is just a regular college student going about her life until one day in a shop a modeling agent approaches her and her whole life changes. Bee decided to take up the offer for no reason other than why not? She becomes a known plus size model around the country.
I personally reall
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Kelsey
Mar 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Plus was an amusing and entertaining read that's perfect for the summer. The premise and characters were all really unique, and I enjoyed getting to read about the modeling world from someone who was actually experiencing it.

Bee was a likable main character, but at times she really got on my nerves. She let her life revolve around a boy that really wasn't nice at all. From the beginning I never liked Brian, he seemed to take Bee for granted and never cared about anyone but himself. I felt for Be
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Debbie
Aug 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommended to Debbie by: http://www.pureimaginationblog.com/20...
As expected from almost page one you can guess how the story is going to play out but despite that this was an enjoyable book to read. It was light and funny so the perfect book if you need a pick me up.

The Characters

Initially I found Bee to be some what irritating. When she was mooning over her ex-boyfriend Brian I really wanted to shake her and I had to remind myself that this was a 17 year old girl who was just dumped by her first boyfriend. After awhile I could start to relate to her. Despit
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Kaylah
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great

This books follows the ride and emotional rollercoaster bee goes through in her careers as a woman. It's amazingly perfect.
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Katie
Feb 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Plus was a surprisingly cute, funny book. It was a great look into the world of plus-size modeling, something I never would have thought to read about.

Bea is brilliant. She always has been. That's why she skipped a year of high school and joined the pre-med program at Columbia. Her life is great until her boyfriend dumps her and she gains the freshman 15 plus 10. Eating is all that seems to help these days and surprisingly, it leads to a modeling career. The money and fame are only perks though.
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Cindy
Jul 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
Bee seemed like a real seventeen year old girl who just got dumped by her boyfriend. She becomes depressed and only worries about how she will win him back. I've been there, as I'm sure many other girls have too. Bee also happens to be very smart, overweight and almost overnight becomes a super model.

I liked the author's writing, the way she develops Bee's story and how Bee seems to "grow" through her experiences. I was rooting for her the entire book and hoping she would realize what a jerk Br
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704alexandria
Oct 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 7th-grade-books
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Mehsi
This book, it sounded so good.. It wasn't that good.

The problems:
1 to infinity: Brian, Brian, Brian. Our main girl kept going on and on and on about her ex Brian, how she wanted him back, how she went modelling for him, how she would betray her best friend to get him back.
She gets him back, and you can guess what happens, yeah it ends up bad. (view spoiler)
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Destiny Santos
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was really great! I loved the intensity of it all and how I could connect to the book. Just to read the life of a regular college girl turn into something practically impossible and see how hard it really was for a plus sized model. The book was overall just spectacular. I also really liked the ending I thought it was so cute. The morals of the book were some minor thought messages that manage to have a big impact on average girl going through tough times. Like how boyfriends ...more
Valeria
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Okay, all I can say is..
This truly is a great book, it's addicting, it's nice to see her mature throughout this book, it's nice to see her stand up to others! This was a good book, just that she was like, truly, truly stupid at times.
Bea was really stupid throughout most of the book!
I was like, GET A GRIP WOMAN!

Bea was like, so desperate to get Brian back.
GIRL, He's a man wh-re.
Why do you want him back?
Listen to Chela, she's awesome.
I really think Bea made a huge mess at first..
Like, really?
Ditc
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Lucy
Sep 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009, teen, antm-bookclub
Bee Wilson is in college and in love when her boyfriend breaks her heart. She gains 25 pounds, and feels miserable--until an agent approaches her in a restuarant and asks her if she's a plus-sized model. Almost overnight, Bee goes from dumped and chubby to large and fabulous. So what if she's failing physics? And so what if she barely has time for her old friends anymore? But the higher Bee climbs, the more she has at stake--until she has to make the ultimate choice.

I really enjoyed this book--u
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Keiani
Oct 14, 2015 rated it liked it
I will be writing a book review on Plus by Veronica Chambers. The genre this book is realistic fiction, some of the characters in this book are Beatrice Wilson, and Jessica Aiba. Bee (short for beatrice) and her boyfriend went everywhere together. But soon Bee got dumped by her first boyfriend, and gains twenty-five pounds. She did not know what to do what was her next step in life she was sad. She began to think that she had no one to go to then suddenly she found a friend they meet after work ...more
Rebecca Owen
Sep 19, 2010 rated it liked it
After her boyfriend dumps her, Beatrice (Bee to her friends) goes into a spiraling depression that leads her to that infamous “freshmen-fifteen,” though in her case, she added ten to that. But a chance encounter at a restaurant leads her to whirlwind career as a plus-size model. Now she’s famous, but has multiple problems: the model who has it out for her, trying to juggle her new life while keeping her old friends and maintaining a 3.8 GPA, and whether she truly wants to get her ex-boyfriend ba ...more
Cheryl A
Jan 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: chickee-lit
Overachiever Bee, a 17 year old premed freshman at Columbia (which just screams overachiever!!), has it all - great, but geeky parents, a hot sophomore boyfriend who she feels is on the way to the White House and her new life in New York. Only one small problem - Brian the boyfriend is a jerk and dumps her. Bee does what any normal 17 year old would do - makes plans to get him back, follows him around campus, drowns her sorrows in chocolate and takeout. Unlike most 17 year olds, Bee's freshman 1 ...more
Andrea
Mar 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Bee just started college and has caught the eye of a very popular boy. She can't believe it even though she is pretty, she is a plus size girl. As they begin to date, Bee gains confidence in herself and at school where she is studying pre-med. Out of the blue, she gets dumped and gains more weight. When she is sitting in a coffee house, she gets discovered by a plus size modeling agent and in no time becomes a plus size supermodel! Bee is loving her new life and hopes that this will win back the ...more
Becky R.
Feb 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Can we just say--book that satisfied my teen angst plus reality-tv-in-a-book desire? Yep, I really enjoyed this quick read. In fact, I kind of smiled at the end, even though it had a characteristic cheesy and predictable ending. Yes, Beatrice is a "thick" girl--*cough, cough* not really. Honestly, Beatrice is a girl who had a messy break up and eats like a normal girl. However, we all know that "plus size" models probably have a different standard than other plus-size gals, right?

Anyway, I digre
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Lori
Feb 26, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommended to Lori by: grumpybear17@msn.com
I was very very pleasantly surprised with Plus! It's a feel good kind of read. Bee is just your normal 17 year old girl, well, except she is already in collage, but other than that she could be any other teenage girl. So when she gains 25 pounds and becomes a plus size model no one is more surprised than Bee.

I don't usually enjoy fluff, and while this book is definitely fluffy, it's also a lot of fun. Bee did some silly things at times, but nothing too over the top. Her whole relationship with B
...more
Monica
Aug 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I quite enjoyed reading this book, I was pleasantly surprised when I realized I had read it from cover to cover in one sitting. This story is the classic coming of age story with a small twist. I loved reading the changes that Bea goes through as the book progressed. The whole story is fun, addicting, and keeps you hooked from page one. I totally wanted Bea to get with whom she ends up so that is always a plus. (See Mom, the characters do listen to me when I tell them things ;)

The development of
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Veronica Chambers is a prolific author, best known for her critically acclaimed memoir, Mama’s Girl, which has been course adopted by hundreds of high schools and colleges throughout the country. The New Yorker called Mama’s Girl “a troubling testament to grit and mother love… one of the finest and most evenhanded in the genre in recent years.” Born in Panama and raised in Brooklyn, Ms. Chambers' ...more

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