Book Review: Curvy Girls Can’t Date Cowboys

Curvy Girls Can’t Date Cowboys
by Kelsie Stelting
Book 3 in the Curvy Girl Club series
Rating: 4.5/5
Release date: October 24, 2020

I’m always so impressed with stories about teenagers that deal with very real situations and emotions. Kelsie Stelting does not shy away from the hard-to-address topics that face teenagers and even grown adults. She has a way of drawing you into the story and making you face your insecurities and misconceptions. I would highly recommend these books for teenage daughters – if I had a teenage daughter, I would definitely have her read this series. I’ve read the other two books. I don’t think it’s necessary to read the other books beforehand but they are just as good and available on Kindle Unlimited – so why not?

Ginger Nash is the resident AV nerd that wishes to have what her friends have found – love and acceptance from a serious boyfriend. She’s had a distant crush on the local cowboy in her video class but never really talked with him. When she finally takes a chance to speak with him, the conversation takes a turn when she mentions working at her parents’ specialty grocery story. Ginger’s parents opened the health food store after Ginger recovered from antibiotic-resistant pneumonia. Ginger’s asthma and breathing treatments are a regular thing for her. Can Ginger find a way to get her overprotective parents to let her go off to UCLA and live in the dorms? Can Ginger find a way to work together with the cowboy for their school video project? What happens when she begins to see what Ray the Cowboy’s life looks like on a ranch?

Ahh. High school. So many feelings. Good or bad. LOL. But the author knows how to pull on the readers’ heartstrings and get the reader fall in love with the main characters. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and read through it very fast. Its message is one worth noting. As a medical student, I enjoyed learning about how asthma had changed her life and her family’s life. (Pardon my yelling at her to not forget to her refill). As a creative, I loved seeing the impact her videos had. I definitely know the blood, sweat, and tears that goes into editing short videos. As someone who’s not at her ideal body weight, I’ve felt the insecurities and listened to the lies regarding what is beautiful. I applaud the author for so clearly addressing the issues around our identity that come up even after or maybe because of high school.

PG-13 – highly recommend.

My thanks to the author for providing me with an ARC of the book. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own. No positive review was expected and no compensation received.

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