Plus Size In Paris
Online, influencer Abby Allerton is savvy, relevant, and empowered due to her Instagram profiles Plus-Size Real and Femme Fatale, but IRL not so much—she’s sadly stagnant and in need of an upgrade.
When the #BTSPFW invite drops into her inbox, Abby can’t help but say, “Oui, oui, this is for me!” and do whatever it takes to get on the next plane to Paris for an exclusive behind-the-scenes Fashion Week event!
As she navigates Paris with all the culturally perceived imperfection she seems to embody, Abby feels thrown into the catacombs of body image. Determined to be unabashedly herself, she ends up making friends in haute places, and it turns out Abby might just have what it takes to launch a couture coup d’etat!
Jennifer Weiner meets Emily in Paris with a bang!
"Plus size in Paris" is a love letter on positivity and romance, with a plus-sized heroine that you will cheer for, shed a tear for, and wish that you could meet on a street in Paris for a quick coffee chat. The author delivers a powerful message about body positivity, challenging society's standards of beauty and I think every woman will see snippets of herself in Abby. I am so glad this is a series, but I wish I had another one to download right now!!
Plus Size in Paris tells the uplifting story of Abby Allerton, an optimistic and driven young woman, as she steps out of the comforts of home and follows her dreams by travelling from the US to Paris. On the surface, the story is full of light hearted adventures and mishaps, love and friendship, travel and culture. However, dig a little deeper and you will find a thorough and meaningful exposition and exploration of the way society judges female beauty on idealised and unrealistic body types. Plus Size in Paris does fabulous work in raising important questions around the impact of these harmful stereotypes and is written for every 'body' (plus size or not) who wants to feel good about the way they are and empowered to stand proud regardless of shape or size. Highly recommend.
This book is a fun, touching novel covering the adventures and disasters of Abby, an American influencer who finds herself in Paris and coping with an array of unexpected challenges. It weaves in interesting characters and provides many laugh-out loud yet also poignant moments. Definitely worth putting on your reading list!
Erin Zhurkin's debut, "Plus-Size in Paris," is a refreshing take on modern beauty ideals. One glance at that saucy figure on the gorgeous cover tells you this book will be different.
The heroine, Abby, is a funny, flawed, yet lovable character that readers will root for. Through the ups and downs of her Parisian adventure, she learns to believe the words of Coco Chanel: "Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself."
Twenty years ago, when I read Jennifer Weiner's "Good in Bed," I was bolstered by the idea of a curvy heroine, yet even that story ended with the character losing weight. In contrast, by the triumphant ending of "Plus-Size in Paris," Abby has learned that "Beauty and elegance are not determined by size" and turned the weight-loss-doctor-angle on its head.
Zhurkin's Paris is a more realistic view of the city compared to the idealized images found in most media portrayals, as it is based on the author's own experiences living there. Abby is no Emily, and I am grateful for it. The world needs more characters like Abby, someone we can all relate to in some way. Who hasn't felt like a fish out of water at some point? When I cringed as bad things happened to her, it was because I felt like I was right there with her. So, when she emerged triumphant at the ending, I too felt uplifted. I hope to see more of Abby in the future.
Plus Size in Paris" by Erin Zhurkin is an enchanting and uplifting tale that celebrates self-acceptance and the beauty of diversity. Through the captivating journey of Abby, the author skillfully explores themes of body image and personal growth, leaving us inspired and empowered. Erin’s vivid descriptions transport us to the streets of Paris, immersing us in the rich culture and making the city come alive. With a perfect balance of introspection and delightful encounters, the book keeps us engaged from start to finish. It is a heartfelt celebration of individuality, reminding us that true happiness lies in embracing and loving ourselves unconditionally.
This novel is a true gem that beautifully captures the essence of self-love and personal transformation. Erin Zhurkin's exceptional storytelling, coupled with her exploration of body positivity, makes "Plus Size in Paris" a must-read for anyone seeking inspiration and a renewed sense of confidence. Whether you're a fan of romance, travel, or stories of empowerment, this book will touch your heart and leave a lasting impression. It is a powerful reminder that beauty exists in all shapes and sizes, and that embracing one's unique journey is the key to finding true happiness and fulfillment