ARC Review: Savvy Sheldon Feels Good as Hell by Taj McCoy

Posted March 5, 2022 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Review: Savvy Sheldon Feels Good as Hell by Taj McCoySavvy Sheldon Feels Good as Hell by Taj McCoy
Published by MIRA on March 22, 2022
Genres: Adult Romantic Comedy
Pages: 320
Source: the publisher
Format: ARC
My Rating: three-stars
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A delicious debut rom-com about a plus-size sweetheart who gets a full-life makeover after a brutal breakup.

Savvy Sheldon spends a lot of time tiptoeing around the cracks in her life: her high-stress and low-thanks job, her clueless boyfriend and the falling-apart kitchen she inherited from her beloved grandma—who taught her how to cook and how to love people by feeding them. But when Savvy’s world starts to crash down around her, she knows it’s time for some renovations.

Starting from the outside in, Savvy tackles her crumbling kitchen, her relationship with her body, her work–life balance (or lack thereof) and, last but not least, her love life. The only thing that doesn’t seem to require effort is her ride-or-die squad of friends. But as any home-reno-show junkie can tell you, something always falls apart during renovations. First, Savvy passes out during hot yoga. Then it turns out that the contractor she hires is the same sexy stranger she unintentionally offended by judging based on appearances. Worst of all, Savvy can’t seem to go anywhere without tripping over her ex and his latest “upgrade.” Savvy begins to realize that maybe she should’ve started her renovations the other way around: beginning with how she sees herself before building a love that lasts.

My Review

This started out so good! Right away I totally got Savvy’s work ethic, and I felt for her and man, what a jerk her boyfriend at the beginning was. There was a lot I liked about the book and the story. However as the book went on, it got to be a bit repetitive for me.

While I know my insecurities and self-doubt are probably 100% in sync and as bad as Savvy’s, at times it got hard to continue to read about her friends trying to convince her over and over. Honestly maybe that’s why I don’t have a lot of friends these days? Or at least ones that do stuff with me very often. Because they don’t want to keep telling me the same things over and over? I don’t know. Savvy was lucky though. She had great friends that were there for her, even when she herself noticed maybe she hadn’t been as great about checking into what was going on in their lives and she had spent more time asking them to help her.

Of course another thing I know, is that one reason I’m single is that I would not be in the same situation or put up with what she was putting up with from her boyfriend at the very beginning. That was good riddance when he left so soon. I think her goal of getting a “revenge body” was one that a lot of us feel. And getting into all the fitness and healthy eating was great too. However it seems like the tennis kind of took over the story for a while about halfway through and I found myself skimming through those portions to get to more of the story with her and Spencer. Yes, the author used those tennis scenes for some interactions between Savvy and her friends and maybe to move along her motivation and goals, but honestly they got a little too detailed and long for me.

I loved the cooking parts, they were fun to read about the types of foods, making me very hungry. Yet, I feel like maybe there were just too many irons in the fire for this story. Between the tennis and yoga and then cooking classes. Not to mention just how much time Savvy spent at work trying to get a promotion, and then when she got it, how she couldn’t quite keep up with what she’d done before. There was a moment though when her boss who had seemed like a really great, nice, understanding guy, yelled at her, and that seemed out of character. Especially with the way he acted when she came back with her decision toward the end of the book.

There was also a small bit thrown in with Spencer towards the end to add more complications. So, to sum it up. The storyline was a good one, there was just way too much going on. I skimmed the last third of the book, skipping to portions where I saw Spencer or something besides tennis going on. Because, oh yeah, there was her family too. Her grandparents’ house where her uncle lived, and that was a whole other complication in her life. And at times the writing was a little bit basic for me too.

While I might look for more from this author in the future, I don’t know if I will put them at the top of my TBR.

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