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Reviewed by Jaycee Allen for Readers' Favorite
In Margot Johnson’s Let it Melt, two greatly disappointed people have dealt with love’s failure in radically opposing ways. Jack, once an overweight child who was bullied by his classmates, became a joker. After the failure of his marriage, he made other radical changes. Taking up sport, he lost a considerable amount of weight and became the attractive man he’d always wanted to be. Jill, however, simply gave up when her marriage ended; snacking, eating badly, becoming a sitcom-watching couch potato, ashamed of her body. Can two people with such diametrically opposed ways of coping build a relationship?
Let it Melt by Margot Johnson is a sweetly appealing story of hesitant love. While Jack and Jill are both awkward and similar in their doubts and self-condemnation, we do wish them every success. They have much in common: his son and her daughter are happily married, both Jack and Jill are teachers, and both want to help the bullied, overweight student Oscar. Yet Jill does lack appreciation for Jack’s humor (he would have had me gratefully chuckling away) and although she condemns her physical state, she overreacts when Jack suggests that Oscar’s mother learn more about nutrition so she can help her son. Yes, Jack's obsession with fitness can be irritating, and we do hope they can find other common interests. Although both Jack and Jill want nothing more than stability and acceptance, Jill’s refusal to back down until Jack promises to become politically correct makes one wonder about their future happiness.