When I was a teenager, I loved romance teen stories and one I remember, but not the title, was about an overweight girl who--either at the behest of her parents or herself--joined a fitness club and learned to play racquetball (I'm 90% sure that was the sport). The instructor, of course, was a cute guy. I can't remember the ins and outs of the book but she turned into a fit teen at the end and caught the eye of the instructor.
I know we want to escape to a world where things are better than where we currently are, for just a bit, and having good looking characters are a huge part of that. I do like reading a book where the ugly duckling turns into a swan, but I'm still trying to figure out WHY that is?
In typing this blog, I am STILL trying to figure out the title to that book I mentioned. I think it was from the late 1980s but in searching I came across this link: Blog--Top Ten Fat Books. I have read "Duff" and "Eleanor and Parks" and didn't remember that Eleanor was fat. I think I was so entranced by other things in the book, her looks didn't matter to me.
These are just rambling thoughts about characters in a book. In "Lane Changes" I have Lane's best friend who uses a cane, but the requisite good looking people are in there. I guess I like to create a world and imagine myself in it, as one of them or snagging the good looking guy in high school, as I didn't really do that the four years I was there :-)