My Ideal Boyfriend Is a Croissant by Laura Dockrill
My rating: 1.5 of 5 stars
Received: Random House Canada
Published: July 16th, 2019
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Recommended Age: 11+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Weight, Food, Contemporary, Humor, Family
I… could not finish this book.
Bluebelle and I are just… too different. I’m overweight too, I understand what it’s like to be a ‘‘big girl,’’ although according to my BMI I’m a little bit obese and that’s despite the fact that I’ve lost close to 40 pounds in the last 7 months.
I’ve never actually talked about this before on my blog. This is the first time. If I wasn’t very active from August to about November/December it’s because I was working hard on myself and going to the gym as much as possible. Not much time for reading when you need to cycle. But hey, I love it. Now. And I can make time for both.
The thing is, I didn’t think I would love it. When I got a gym membership, I did so because I didn’t know what to do anymore. I didn’t feel comfortable being almost 220 pounds—it didn’t feel like ME, it felt like all that weight was hiding my true self. Bluebelle, on the other hand, is comfortable being who she is and I applaud her for it. But the author isn’t doing a good job of promoting that any body type is beautiful as long as the person is healthy.
I wasn’t healthy at all. I was eating BADLY. I didn’t understand many things, like the fact that you need proteins, over 60 grams if you’re my weight, and fibre and that sugar gives you an energy rush but if that energy is not spent it turns to fat. I HAD NO IDEA. But I learned and now I’m the healthiest I’ve ever been even if I’m ‘‘obese.’’ I don’t look it apparently, but that’s what my BMI says (it doesn’t take into account muscle…)
Anyways, Bluebelle is not really interested in learning about how to be healthy and I peeked at the end and her reaction to having lost weight is actually shameful I find. Most people struggle to lose weight (it really isn’t easy even if you know what to do) and she so doesn’t care. I didn’t connect with her character. She can be fun and this is a fast-paced story that can be entertaining if it’s not close to home like it is for me, but it is so cringe-worthy at times.
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