Five out of Five Stars
The Summary: After being dumped by his long-term boyfriend for being overweight, Henry Beckett decides to make some drastic changes. In a vain attempt at getting his boyfriend back, Henry does the most absurdly frightening thing he can think of.
He joins a gym.
Reed Henske is a personal trainer who isn’t sure he’ll ever be ready to date again. He’s sick of guys who are only interested in the perfect body image, never seeing him for who he really is.
As Reed tortures Henry with things like diet and exercise, Henry enamours Reed with recipes and laughter. As the friendship lines start to blur, Henry is convinced there’s no way Thor-like Reed could ever be interested in a guy like him.
Reed just has to convince Henry that life isn’t about reaching your ideal bodyweight. It’s about finding your perfect counterweight.
Henry is my platonic soul mate. He has the same attitude towards exercise as I do, the same humor that I do. I just feel like in real life, me and Henry would be amazing friends. The fact that Henry is one hundred percent relatable made The Weight of it All that much more fun to read.
Henry has been dumped by his boyfriend of eight years and he does something crazy because of that. He joins a gym. Reed, his personal trainer, is virtually the image of perfect in Henry’s mind. He’s got the perfect body, knows how to laugh at the little things, and treats Henry like a regular person. They bond over healthy recipes and the disaster that Henry thinks is his life.
This book was recommended to me at the exact right time that I needed it. I’m starting my own health journey and Henry inspired me. Like as sore and terrible as he felt in the first few sessions, he didn’t give up. He dug in deeper, dedicated himself to eating healthy (instead of the trash we all eat) and eventually came to enjoy the routine of the exercise.
But that wasn’t the only aspect of Henry’s journey throughout. Henry had to learn who he was as an individual. He had been so closed off and afraid to let people see the real Henry, because of his previous boyfriend’s expectations, that he forgot who that was. It was fun seeing how lively he was and that his sense of humor only grew. I found myself laughing out loud at certain parts. Then in other parts I was very much on the edge of my seat just waiting for that moment to happen between Henry and Reed.
This was such a great read that it was hard to put down and I may have stealth read some of it on my phone while I was at work. Do yourself a favor and give this one a read. It’s definitely a book that I’m going to go back to and read over again.