Three months after leaving New York City, Astoria Sovany is struggling to get used to life in the impossibly small town of Five Oaks, Ohio. The move was supposed to bring closure, but Storie still misses her father and her mother is still clinging to the hope that he's alive, two years after he disappeared without a trace.
When Storie starts at university a year late and lands a job in the campus bookstore, she's glad for a distraction from real life. She doesn't expect to find another distraction in the form of Liam Alexander, a junior in the notorious Theta Chi Theta fraternity, who saves her from an awkward encounter and asks her out for coffee. After years of being dismissed as the fat friend, Storie isn't used to any sort of attention from guys: Liam's persistence is refreshing, but she can't shake the feeling that he's hiding something.
The last thing Storie wants is to get hurt, but she doesn't want to throw away her first real shot at a relationship. With the help of her neighbour, Graham Ono, she navigates the world of college, dating, and friendship. Her life has been tipped upside down, but she's ready to turn it around.
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believe it or not, this is the trimmed version of the summary. i really can't write book blurbs.
anyway, i am so excited for this story. this is a completely standalone novel in a different universe: this will be first person and set in america, exploring the maze that is university, love, and being a plus-size woman. this idea for this novel came from a news article i read and storie's voice leapt into my head from another vague idea i had been thinking about. this novel is the marriage of those two ideas, in what i hope will be a powerful commentary on identity, the sense of belonging and self-worth, and the value of friends and family.