My Ideal Boyfriend is a Croissant by Laura Dockrill
Bluebelle, BB, is a sixteen-year-old with a mind of her own. She loves herself, loves her body, and she’s unapologetic with who she is. But, when she goes to the doctor and is told she needs to keep a food diary she’s hesitant. BB not only lists the food she eats, but she treats the journal like a personal diary as well. Telling of her family, friends, love, and her desires.
BB also makes a deal with her mother: she can quit school if she maintains the food diary, gets an apprenticeship, and joins a gym. Her mom hopes it’s a way for BB not only to stay in shape, but also become accountable to herself. This story follows Bluebelle as she faces tragedy, a host of firsts, and overcoming her biggest obstacle: herself.
This is a quirky story with a strong-willed female lead. I love stories that do not center on “typical” protagonists. BB’s unapologetic nature is contagious. She reminds us that confidence comes from within and you can feel beautiful even if you don’t meet the traditional standards of beauty. At the same time, she’s constantly aware of herself and her body. She has bruises from constantly misjudging the width of tables; she takes note of the way her body fits in clothes, she notices the marks on her body from her tight-fitting undergarments. BB is real and represents the struggles that many people face every day.
My one problem with this book was the way a tragedy was treated. I don’t want to spoil the novel, but the twist that shifts BB’s eating habits feels like poor way out. The author uses a disability as a means to jumpstart BB caring about her body. She loses her appetite because she’s in shock: I don’t fault the author for this aspect. Each of us grieves in our own ways, and loss of appetite seems normal. But BB becomes ashamed of what has happened and is afraid to share with her friends and people who care about her the most.
Overall, I enjoyed this story. It is uplifting and has a happy ending for everyone involved. BB grows up over the course of her journaling. She admits that she was quick to jump to decision about quitting school, but one lesson we all learn—characters and readers alike—is that it is okay not to have all of the answers. My Ideal Boyfriend is a Croissantis the perfect summer read—it has romance, summer days, a supportive family, and a main character we could learn a thing or two from. This is a must-read for every lover of contemporary YA fiction.
My Ideal Boyfriend is a Croissant will be available on July 16, 2019.
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.