Big Girl Panties

Author: 
Evanovich, Stephanie

Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich is a rollicking and poignant romantic comedy about a young widow who decides to get in shape...and winds up getting her groove back--and a whole lot more

Holly Brennan used food to comfort herself through her husband's illness and death. Now she's alone at age thirty-two. And she weighs more than she ever has. When fate throws her in the path of Logan Montgomery, personal trainer to pro athletes, and he offers to train her, Holly concludes it must be a sign. Much as she dreads the thought of working out, Holly knows she needs to put on her big girl panties and see if she can sweat out some of her grief.

Soon, the easy intimacy and playful banter of their training sessions lead Logan and Holly to most intense and steamy workouts. But can Holly and Logan go the distance as a couple now that she's met her goals--and other men are noticing? (From the publisher)

Discussion Guide: 
1. Describe Holly and Logan. What misconceptions do they share about the other? How are they alike
in spite of the difference in physical appearance? Are you more drawn to one of them?
2. Logan tells Natalie that "What I felt was amazingly lucky that someone like you would go out of your
way to spend some of your free time with me." What does he mean by "someone like you?" Do you
think most men would feel that way about a woman like Natalie? What qualities does she have that
might attract Logan besides her looks?
3. When Logan tries to draw Holly out about her eating habits, she says curtly: "I like to eat. End of
story." But why does Holly like to eat and what is Logan trying to make her aware of? Are her comfort
foods really comforting to her?
4. Besides her eating habits, what other issues does Holly need to resolve before she can move on after her husband's death? How does
Logan help her to confront these painful issues? How does he complicate them?
5. How did both Holly and Logan turn the negatives of their early lives into positives? How do those experiences help them understand
each other?
6. What do Logan's best friends, Chase and Amanda Walker, think of Holly? Why do they want to see them get together? How do they
each influence Holly and Logan? Is their meddling good or bad?
7. Talk about Chase and Amanda's relationship. Choose a few adjectives to describe it. Why does it work for them?
8. Chase tells Holly, "sometimes not getting what you want is getting exactly what you need." Explain the meaning behind his words.
What does Holly truly want? What about Logan?
9. How does losing weight affect Holly? Is she the same person we met at the beginning of the story? What about Logan?
10. What qualities make a person attractive to you? Do you have a "type"? Is being an "ugly ducking" always a bad thing?
11. What made you choose to read
Big Girl Panties
? Explain the book's title. How does it reflect Holly's life at the beginning and at the
end of the novel? What did you like best about the story? (From the publisher)