When Cat faces her fears and bares it all for the class, she realizes that she’s posing naked in front the most gorgeous, buffest guy she’s ever seen in her life. He asks her out after the class, and after one steamy night together, Cat’s absolutely smitten.
Nate’s pretty close to perfect – he takes Cat rock climbing when he discovers that it makes her feel strong and becomes a great chef after he learns that the perfect pesto sauce makes her swoon. Cat starts to feel like her old self again – confident and beautiful – as long as Nate’s around. Even when he discourages her from entering the Real Woman Project, a design competition for plus-sized apparel, she reasons that he’s just trying to prevent old body image wounds from splitting wide open again.
But when Cat goes home with Nate for Thanksgiving, she discovers something shocking from his recent past that proves that he hasn’t always been so encouraging of women of all shapes and sizes. Cat has no idea what to think, but she does know one thing – this might destroy their relationship before it’s even had a chance to get off the ground.
Before Cat can figure out whether the real Nate is the sensitive, adoring guy she fell in love with, or an undercover asshole, she’ll have to finally feel comfortable in her own skin – even if it means leaving him forever.
(This book contains sex and adult language.)
I don’t think there is a woman alive that is completely satisfied with their body. Cat Mitchell is no exception. After severely fracturing a bone in her leg due to a freak horseback riding accident, Cat finds herself with a closet full of clothes which are way too small and 60 extra pounds on her once slender frame. Exercising like she used to is out of the question due to the metal rod in her leg. Over time, Cat begins to feel depressed about her current figure. Coming back to college after 10 months of rehabbing her leg didn’t help things one bit. The boy she’d been seeing before her accident dumps her like a bad habit only adding to her self-hatred.
Cat decides to seek counseling to deal with body image issues. Her counselor encourages her to model, but not in the way Cat had imagined. She wants her to pose naked for an art class at a nearby University. At first she’s resistant to the idea. What woman would want to show off her goodies to entire classroom of student when she’s having such issues with her body?
Nathanial West is majoring in architecture. He just so happens to be in the art class Cat is posing for in all her naked glory. After class Nate goes out on a limb and asks Cat on a date. The two hit it off and begin spending time together. Nate’s kind words begin to sooth Cat’s discomfort about her body and soon she begins to feel much better about herself.
When Nate brings Cat home for Thanksgiving, she uncovers some information that leads her to question everything she knows about the man she’s been falling for. Will Cat be able to see her true beauty without Nate there to remind her of it?
Picture Perfect was refreshingly honest. Cat’s journey was particularly difficult. She spent so much time wrapped up in her looks that when she gained 60 pounds it was almost as though the world ended. News flash: it didn’t… She was still the same Cat on the inside. Still the same strong, brave girl she always was. There were times during the novel that I wanted to grab her by both shoulders and shake her! She was so focused on the thoughts of others that she made it almost impossible for her to accept herself.
I love Nate’s character. He had been through his fair share in relation to his own body image and was still able to reach out to Cat. Now that I think of it, his inner demons probably made him even more sympathetic to Cat’s struggle.
This is a sweet, refreshing novel that encourages women to love themselves the way they are. You may have a few extra pounds on your frame, some scars you’d like to hide or feet that you feel are two sizes too big. The truth is, you’re beautiful just the way you are! That’s what made this book for me. It reminded me to see the beauty in everyone. To look past the outward appearance and, as corny as it sounds, see through to the heart.