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On the Plus Side by Jenny L. Howe

Jenny started scribbling stories into black-and-white composition notebooks with neon pink pens when she was in junior high and never really stopped.

Last Updated on February 16, 2024 by BiblioLifestyle

The Reader's Couch podcast - On the Plus Side by Jenny L. Howe

On the Plus Side by Jenny L. Howe

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This is a makeover reality television show and behind-the-scenes romance mash-up, where the lines between performance and authenticity blur.   Today on the couch, I’m joined by Jenny L. Howe, whose charm, laughter, and candid banter are as delightful as her romantic comedy “On the Plus Side.”  In the novel, we meet Everly Winters, our lovable protagonist who prefers to blend into the background.  However, her life takes an unexpected turn when she’s secretly nominated for her favorite makeover show.  As she navigates the challenges of being on screen, she forms a surprising bond with the cameraman, Logan.  But when their connection is exposed, Everly must decide if she will embrace herself and risk heartbreak in front of the world.

In this episode, we discuss the complexities of body image, reality TV romance, and the cherished yet challenging relationships with family that shape us.  Amidst the fun, we play a little game of “What Would You Rather Wear?  “laughing over fashion faux pas and cheering on the triumphs of individual styles that make us all unique.

On the Plus Side by Jenny L. Howe on Amazon or Bookshop

On the Plus Side

On the Plus Side by Jenny L. Howe on Amazon or Bookshop.   

BOOKS MENTIONED DURING THE SHOW

BOOKS READ, LOVED, AND WOULD NOW RECOMMEND

CHILDHOOD FAVORITES

  • Fear Street books
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (Amazon or Bookshop)

CURRENTLY READING & BOOKS ON THE TBR

  • The (Fake) Dating Game by Timothy Janovsky (Amazon or Bookshop)
  • Silvia Moreno-Garcia books
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto (Amazon or Bookshop)
author Jenny L. Howe

About Jenny L. Howe

Jenny L. Howe first started scribbling stories into black-and-white composition notebooks with neon pink pens when she was in junior high and never really stopped. In college, she decided to turn her love of books into a career by pursuing a Ph.D. in literature, where she spent the next few years studying bizarre and entertaining medieval romances. Now, as a professor, she teaches courses in college writing, literature, and children’s media. When she’s not writing and teaching, Jenny spends her time buried under puzzle pieces, cross-stitching her favorite characters, and taking too many pictures of her rescue dogs, Tucker and Dale. The Make-Up Test is her debut novel.

On the Plus Side

On the Plus Side by Jenny L. Howe on Amazon or Bookshop.   

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