Seventeen-year-old Annabel Conway is tired of the Hillcrest High School elite making her life miserable because she’s not a size two. This summer, she's hiring a personal trainer to help her lose weight.
Annabel doesn’t expect her trainer to be a gorgeous guy around her age. Boys like Tegan are jerks. They pretend to like girls like her so they can make an idiot out of them. Been there, done that. Totally not going there again. She kind of hates him on principal. Blond. Muscular. Funny. It doesn’t help that he knows her measurements!
Soon, Tegan's so much more than that. He’s the boy who teaches her to box when she has a bad day. Who jogs with her and lets her set the pace. Who kisses her until she melts. He makes her feel beautiful regardless of what the scale says. Unlike her mom, he doesn’t expect perfection, and he doesn't try to shield her from the world like her dad and best friend. Tegan likes her the way she is.
But what happens when he’s not there? He can’t always be there…
Will Annabel be able to stand on her own and learn that she already measures up? That her worth doesn’t lie in what the world thinks, the scale says, or even what Tegan tells her—but in herself?
This wasn't the first book by Nyrae Dawn that I've read. I loved What A Boy Wants and What A Boy Needs by her and so my expectations of Measuring Up were high. Surely, Nyrae Dawn does not disappoint.
Measuring Up is the story of Annabel who has weight issues. Its her struggle to overcome her insecurities and the other problems which she's facing. This is the first time I've read a book written from the girl's POV from Nyrae and she has nailed it perfectly. Annabel is sweet yet strong and determined. You want her to succeed and I was cheering for her all along in the book. It was easy to connect with her. I'm sure all of us at some point in our lives have been unsure of our self and that makes Annabel so easy to relate to.
Then there's Tegan. He balances out Annabel perfectly. He has his own battles to overcome but he cares deeply for Annabel. Together, Annabel and Tegan's romance was endearing and sweet. They had chemistry. I enjoyed their banter and hoped they got through every obstacle life threw at them. Annabel's best friend, Emily and Tegan's brother, Tim and mom, Dana made for wonderful characters as well.
If you're looking for a YA contemporary romance which will make you feel good this is the book you're looking for. Oh and the dedication in the book was just beautiful. That was worth mentioning. I am definitely looking forward to reading more books by Nyrae Dawn.