Big Girls Need Love Too

Getting over your best friend shouldn’t be this hard. 

Plus-size Molly Sampson has had it–with herself and her best friend Benjamin Davis. And, well, his perfect girlfriend Emery, too. It’s time to get over Benjamin. Stat. 

At least that’s what she decides in the early hours of New Year’s Day. 

Fed up–and, okay, nervous–Molly sets her Getting Over Benjamin Plan into motion. Except, well, she hadn’t counted on so many bad dates. Or quitting her job. And definitely not meeting Joe Connolly, a guy she can’t help but be drawn to even if she suspects he has as many secrets as she does. 

When Benjamin and Emery break up, Molly’s thrown into a bit of a tailspin and faced with one of the toughest decisions of her life–choosing the relative security of what she knows, or taking a leap of faith into the great unknown and finally believing that big girls need love too. 

Big Girls Need Love Too Playlist

First, let me address the elephant in the room (no pun intended): yes, I got the title for the book from an Outkast song. Yes, “The Way You Move” is on this playlist. I would be kind of remiss to not have it on the playlist, all things considered.

Now that that’s out the way, one thing you’ll notice about this particular playlist is that the songs are from 2000-2005ish, unlike my other books, which have much more contemporary playlists. That’s primarily because I started writing Big Girls Need Love Too (under a totally different name, which I can’t remember at this point) when I was an undergrad at the University of North Texas back in like 2000/2001 or something.

By the time I started Seton Hill’s Writing Popular Fiction Master of Arts program in 2006, I had probably about a third of Big Girls Need Love Too written. A lot of which ended up being scrapped. So the vast majority of the book was written between 2006 and 2008, as it was my graduate thesis novel. Thus, the distinctly 2000s musical flavor.

Funnily enough, I still listen to every single one of these songs on a regular basis (and come on, “Mr. Brightside” is on its fourth life or something at this point, which is amazing). Good songs are good songs.

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