You don't Have to Say You Love Me
Author: Sarra Manning
Publisher: Corgi Books
Publication Date: February 3rd 2011
Sweet, bookish Neve Slater always plays by the rules. And the number one rule is that good-natured fat girls like her don't get guys like gorgeous, handsome William, heir to Neve's heart since university. But William's been in LA for three years, and Neve's been slimming down re-inventing herself so that when he returns, he'll fall head over heels in love with the new, improved her.
So she's not that interested in other men. Until her sister Celia points out that if Neve wants William to think she's an experienced love-goddess and not the fumbling, awkward girl he left behind, then she'd better get some, well, experience.
What Neve needs is someone to show her the ropes, someone like Celia's colleague Max. Wicked, shallow, sexy Max. And since he's such a man-slut and so not Neve's type, she certainly won't fall for him. Because William is the man for her..right?
Somewhere between losing weight and losing her inhibitions, Neve's lost her heart- but to who?
I loved this book so much! It made me smile, and made me laugh. Neve still considers herself overweight despite losing a vast amount of weight. Her confidence is low, her self esteem is lower, and all she wants is William to love her. Because she was overweight she never dated or flirted and feels to be able to have a perfect relationship with William she needs to have a "pancake relationship." A "pancake relationship" is just a practice relationship, you know the first pancake you make is always the throw away pancake. It's the practice run to see if the griddle is hot enough. I loved the analogy writer Sarra Manning came up with. In comes Max the player who likes to play. I really loved his character. He was playful, fun and cheeky. Neve's and Max's pancake relationship is da bomb.
I wish this would be made into a movie..a romantic comedy.