Title: My Ideal Boyfriend is a Croissant
Author: Laura Dockhill
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Page Count: 400
Format: Electronic ARC
TRIGGER WARNINGS: Misrepresentation of medical professionals, neglect of eating disorders, body shaming, bullying, talk of weight, detailed descriptions of food.
Disclaimer: I was provided with this ARC in exchange for a 100% honest review. All opinions are my own.
It’s time for a rant, folks.
I didn’t even make an effort to force myself through this book, for all it succeeded in doing was offending and horrifying me with its’ harmful content.
My Ideal Boyfriend is a Croissant follows 16-year-old BB as she deals with the aftermath of a terrible asthma attack that very nearly killed her. She’s told by her doctors that since she has been deemed medically overweight and prediabetic, the best thing she can do is eat healthier and exercise more in order to improve her health. BB agrees to make an effort, but when an unexpected family tragedy occurs, losing weight becomes the last thing on her mind…
I DNFed this at 10%.
Perhaps that was a mistake, for maybe it would’ve eventually gotten better, but all I know was that it was impossible for me to put up with the cruelty and neglect of certain groups of people found in this book.
Let me start this review by talking about BB, our protagonist, and the main source of my dislike of this novel.
I had no appreciation for BB whatsoever! She had no empathy for other people, and it seemed like she was constantly contradicting herself, which was quite odd. At one point in the book, when she was told by a nurse that she had an unhealthy relationship with food and that she was medically obese, BB totally denied it, even after previously mentioning (several times might I add) how she knew she was overweight and how she knew she had the tendency to eat unhealthily. Super confusing… In addition, whenever she narrated, it seemed like she would just randomly change the topic of conversation without any build-up! Weird!! And it gets worse…
BB was also very ignorant and cruel towards individuals who struggled with eating issues different than her own. She referred to people starving themselves of food as shallow and vain and accused them of only caring about being thin. This brands eating disorders as “just wanting to be skinny” which is extremely problematic because no, that is not always what eating disorders are.
Since I stopped reading this book pretty early on, I don’t know whether BB developed as a character or not, but I don’t really think that matters. BB already said some very offensive things towards certain communities of individuals, so I think that the damage has already been done and that no level of character growth could really make BB more likeable, at least in my perspective.
And even though BB was my main problem with this book, I still don’t think I would have enjoyed it had she been replaced with a more likeable MC. The writing itself was not very mature, and it lacked a certain flow to it that resulted in the sentences sounding choppy and poorly composed.
And before I wrap this review up, I think I should just throw it out there that the author really misrepresented medical professionals in her writing. The nurse that BB interacts with throughout the book is very rude, mean, and awful towards her. She body-shames her and even goes to the extent of calling her “fat”, which isn’t empowering in the least, contrary to what the book’s synopsis says. I’ve been to enough doctors in my lifetime to know that this is not the way they are trained to treat their patients. I don’t know if the author did this just for the sake of drama in the book, but it really only made me, a reader, feel deeply uncomfortable.
Overall, I really didn’t enjoy My Ideal Boyfriend is a Croissant. I found it to be quite harmful and neglectful of real-world struggles. I’m really disappointed that I didn’t like it, for I was so excited to get my hands on a novel brimming with body positivity and empowerment. But, alas, this book just wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. I can’t say I recommend it.