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Hola there! I hope 2019's started smoothly for you. This month of love, we celebrate Ashley Perkins, main character in Jen Larsen's Future Perfect. Ashley is a poster child for self-awareness and self-love as she tackles life, family, love, friendship in this debut novel.

It seems to Ashley Perkins that she's the only one in her universe that doesn't care about her weight. She has a lot going for herself - class valedictorian and president, former volleyball team captain, even voted Most Likely to Succeed and Best Personality two years in a row - she's smart and popular. But she has a grandmother who only sees one thing about her.

She's fat. Her grandmother has always rewarded her for losing weight. 80 pounds for a new car, 50 pounds for a trip to Disneyland.

Ashley always easily turned her down. Her body wasn't a bargaining chip, and she was fine with the way things were. So when grandmother offered her the one thing she wanted most - tuition to Harvard in exchange for undergoing a weight-loss surgery, Ashley feels stuck.

This is a brave story about how it's the world, not how we look, that's the real problem. Ashley grandmother's advice to her is this: "You are fat. Do not give them that foothold." Her grandmother isn't mean, she has good intentions that come from thinking she's doing it all for Ashley's sake. Her experiences have made her very aware of societal prejudices that exist, and she wants to make sure her granddaughter is set up for a bright and secured future. And as much as Ashley stands her ground, her grandmother's words are hard to ignore.

Ashley is a person before she is her size. And this book is a book about loving and finding one's self no matter what.

Favorite Quote: "I am the sum of my parts. Everything I've ever done and everything I've ever achieved and everything I have ever been. Fat and smart and afraid and fierce and angry and brave all together right here, and every piece of the puzzle fits the way it's supposed to."

In a month like February, Future Perfect is all the more relevant. There is no one size that's perfect or beautiful, no matter what the world says. There's something unique and worthy in all of us. We have to remember this and love ourselves as we are, regardless of what the loudest voice in our life says.

Have a fun February, lovelies! Have a Happy Valentines :)

"One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry."
~Oscar Wilde
"The Eskimos have 52 words for snow because it is so special to them; there ought to be as many for love."
~Margaret Atwood

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