For The Love of Laney by Melanie Cole

16 Jun







What do you do when you’re overweight, and don’t have any friends? When your own mom constantly points out every single flaw you have, every chance she gets? How do you cope?
For 18 year old Laney, she uses food as a coping mechanism. When her life gets to be too much, and the walls close in around her, she locks herself in her room and binge eats.
For the past 18 years she has been made fun of, and tormented by her classmates, mentally abused by her own mom. She feels unworthy of love, and happiness. She feels as if everyone hates her. So she closes up, shutting down, refusing to let anyone in. Too scared of being hurt. It’s all she’s ever known.
Things begin to change, when her perfect brother, Ajay brings his hot roommate, Levi home with him for the summer.
Levi is just as cocky as he is sexy. He instantly rubs Laney the wrong way. She does her best to avoid him, but he doesn’t seem to take the hint. The more she tries to push him away, the more he fights go get in.
As they spend more and more time together, Laney begins to lower her walls. But when Levi learns her secret, she shuts down again, and pushes him away.
Can he break the walls she’s spent the last 18 years building? He’s determined to help her, but in the process he ends up falling head over heels in love with her. The one thing that scares him, is will she be there to catch him?

Warning this book contains strong coarse language, and intense sexual situations. It is not recommended for readers under the age of 17.


4 star



There are sad tales, but tales as paths can change for good or for bad. And for Laney, one summer changed her life, and brought her all the happiness that in eighteen years she never had.

Laney, it’s a size plus girl who is constantly verbally abused by her mother and bullies. In her guilt to not have or reach the perfect body, she drowns in guilt and eats without control and without self-awareness to her health.  All those years of abuse, she finds solace in food and makes herself a food binger. Until one day a cocky boy enters her life with straightforward answers makes her crack her pity shell. She becomes empowered and begins to realize that in order to people reach to her, she must grasp the line and hold it. Now she has the ball in her side of the court, and she will play for keeps. But will Laney confront all the player’s and still shoot without missing? I guess you have to find out on your own.

This story was a light and tender read. It presents many aspects of bulling and verbal abuse.  Also, this book presents that life can change for good, that you can always heal from the things that once hurt you. To become free and confident in your own skin, but most importantly to accept yourself as you truly are.





“Hey,” he shouts stopping me. “Think fast.” I turn around, just in time to put up my hands and catch the ball.

“Are you trying to kill me?” I shriek, beyond pissed.

He gives me a big smile. “No. I was trying to get your attention, and it worked. You have good reflexes.”  He holds his hands out and I bounce the ball back over to him. “She can pass. Can she shoot” He says in a commentary voice. He passes the ball back to me, and arches an eyebrow.

—For The Love of Laney by Melanie Cole





Meet: Laney, a  size plus 18 year old girl. She likes to read, listen to music and boxing.


Meet: Levi,  basketball player and roommate of Laney’s big brother.


“Don’t worry Laney, I won’t let you fall. I promise.”

—For The Love of Laney by Melanie Cole



P.S. To shoot and score at love!

Reviewed by Lexi Wings



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