The Shape of You by Felice Stevens ~ The Review
The story of two young men who meet in a weight management support group. Eric is overweight and he might be the character we focus on as being burdened by his relationship with food. His emotional wounds tied directly to his self-esteem, run deep and are closely tied to his relationship with his father and the loss of his mother. Much is a learned behavior. He has isolated himself and protects himself with emotional armor. The interesting thing is that Corey doesn’t the same Eric that Eric sees when he looks in the mirror.Corey, on the other hand, seems to be in the class by mistake because what could possibly be wrong. He is thin and edgy. As the two young men, partnered in the class/group, work together toward a common goal, Corey’s hidden wounds both emotional and physical become apparent and both learn that they deserve life and to love.
Interesting to me is the observation that while Eric was certainly stunted both personally and professionally, his weight issues are easily visible. Corey, on the other hand, is almost paralyzed with emotional pain and outwardly looks ‘normal’. Eric feels that Corey seems to be in the class by mistake because what could possibly be wrong. He is thin and edgy. As the two young men, partnered in the class/group, work together toward a common goal, Corey’s hidden wounds both emotional and physical become apparent and both learn that they deserve life and to love.
A beautiful story. 4.5 stars. Note: While I love the cover, the smaller man doesn’t really represent a thin waif of a man.
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 the conversation between the two soon proves first impressions aren’t always what they seem.
Corey DeSantis has always been the scrawny waif; he’s tired of struggling with his art and with life. Scarred by the disappearance and death of his drug-addicted mother, he doesn’t wish for love, believing it will bring him nothing but pain in the end. Now his only hunger in life is his desire to paint…until a health scare and his mentor force him to attend a nutrition class where he meets a man who piques his interest. One drunken kiss later, Eric is all Corey can think about.
The same, yet different.
An unlikely friendship is born with both men wanting more but afraid to listen to their well-guarded hearts. When Corey receives shocking news leaving him angry and helpless, it’s Eric he turns to, to help see him through, while a surprising career opportunity finds Eric leaning on Corey for advice. One night of explosive passion leads to a second and soon neither man can imagine a life without the other. Life is shaped by the challenges accepted and roads not taken but as Corey and Eric walk the path together, they’ll discover the most beautiful destination of all. Love.