If The Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy


Q: Do you like/watch the Bachelor?
Meant to Be: If the Shoe Fits
by Julie Murphy
Pub Date: 8/3/21 Out Now
I am not a Bachelor watcher. I don’t understand dating multiple people at once and insta love but I can see the appeal and drama of it. It looks addictive! I get contact jealous lol. Is that a thing?

This book was a Cinderella retelling mixed with the Bachelor, and a little Hairspray.

Cindy is plus sized which is not seen in the Bachelor sphere and that in itself is pretty amazing.

I am also considered plus sized or I fluctuate. Ugh I hate BMI, antiquated crap but fashion is made for the skinny. And this book does have some good points. If only they would make designer clothes bigger we would buy them.

Who does market research cause they are biased and probably fatphobic.

It was fun getting to see a behind the scenes look at the production of one of these shows and they do probably pick ahead of time and lead them towards people, idk. I mean they have to make sure they end up somewhere it seems a little overwhelming.

The romance that was snuck in behind the camera was so sweet and I loved their banter.

I will tell you sharing food is my love language too. I can’t tell you how many times on vacation last week my husband and I ordered two meals that we shared cause we wanted to try both of them. It helps to find someone who likes what you like.

This was such a fast paced book and I want to read the others if they are all retellings! What’s next?

Uh and Julie how can we get plus sized men and woman on bachelor shows and I want to watch the Queer Bachelor. Do we flood social media with requests or what?

Thank you @disneybooks and @netgalley for the e-ARC for my honest and voluntary review.


After having just graduated with a degree in shoe design, and trying to get her feet on the ground, Cindy is working for her stepmother, who happens to be the executive producer of America’s favorite reality show, Before Midnight. When a spot on the show needs filling ASAP, Cindy volunteers, hoping it might help jump-start her fashion career, or at least give her something to do while her peers land jobs in the world of high fashion.

Turns out being the only plus size woman on a reality dating competition makes a splash, and soon Cindy becomes a body positivity icon for women everywhere. What she doesn’t expect? That she may just find inspiration-and love-in the process. Ultimately, Cindy learns that if the shoe doesn’t fit, maybe it’s time to design your own.


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