It’s a very, very busy day today here on TWG! The sun is shining especially for Keris Stainton’s publication day – how lovely is that! ;). With five blog posts to share with you all today, I am delighted to be kicking off a brand new week with a blog blast for one of my all time favourite authors; Keris Stainton! Bug thank you to Bookouture for the blog blast invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:
When Piper James unexpectedly gets a message from her insanely hot teenage crush Rob Kingsford, inviting her to their school reunion, her heart flips. She hasn’t seen Rob in eight years – and he’s always been the one who got away.
Throw in some old friends (and frenemies), a sister on the edge of a meltdown and a few too many cosmos and you have all the ingredients for a real night to remember…
Will Piper and Rob finally get together, the second time around?
What does TWG think?
I always look forward to reading a new novel from Keris Stainton, and her latest novel, ‘The Invitation’ was no different!
Meet Piper, a woman who has struggled with her body confidence for as long as she can remember, trying to promote positive attitudes towards all different weights and sizes on her blog. While it is clear that she is turning heads with her words, she also seems to be turning heads with how she looks – and not in a bad way!
Keris Stainton always has been in hysterics with her fantastically written and well-timed humour and, whilst I did find myself laughing like a hyena on more than one occasion, I found myself empathising with Piper and her situation, rather than giggling constantly like I usually would. Don’t panic, that is in no way a bad thing. I think that, because I have been in a similar situation to Piper but on the other end of the scale, I was able to channel her emotions and see her side of the story a lot clearer than someone who hadn’t been in the same position. The body image topic is one that is often seen as ‘taboo’, yet it is one of the most important hurdles for today’s youth. Yes, both genders. I loved the way that Keris Stainton uplifted the situation with her humour, without belittling the cause and the message that she was trying to get across. I felt that the author understood exactly what its like to be a person who dislikes how they look, or have been called something derogatory due to their size, big or small.
‘The Invitation’ isn’t just about Piper’s journey with her blog, it is about a lot more than that. No, I cannot tell you what as that would be a spoiler, pfft! Just trust me when I say that ‘The Invitation’ will make you laugh, make you sit and ponder your life choices, as well as opening up the App Store on your phone to see if you can find an app to add faces to certain things….
This book sends such a positive message to every single person out there – I wish I had someone like Keris Stainton in my corner when I was growing up, but I am glad that I have her words of wisdom and hilarious one liners to get me through my nearing thirties. If that’s not lucky, I don’t know what is.
Keris Stainton never fails to deliver, with her voice getting stronger and stronger with every book she writes. Yes, ‘The Invitation’ is hilarious, but it is also a powerful and poignant read that will have you admiring fellow women for their strength and outlook, instead of whether they have ‘curves in all the right places’. Thanks to Keris Stainton, the only curve I need to worry about is the one on my face – my smile.
About the author.
Keris Stainton was born in Canada, grew up on the Wirral, lived in London for a while and now lives in Lancashire with two boys, two guinea pigs, and an unhealthy (but enjoyable) obsession with One Direction.
She’s written books for children, teenagers, and adults and can almost always be found on Twitter.