Body positivity and fat acceptance take center stage with this anthology of prose, poems, lists, and art.
Featuring authors, artists, models, entrepreneurs, and influencers, the 30 contributors to this collection represent a dazzling multiplicity of voices from different gender identities, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. The work ranges from serious to lighthearted, from academic cultural analysis to intimate personal essays and letters to the authors’ teen selves. Many pieces focus on the struggles, self-loathing, and shame of living in a fat body—at odds with the joyful, bright, cartoon illustrations of round bodies dancing throughout the book—but eventually they get around to sharing that it’s OK to be fat, and fat people deserve love, respect, and happiness. The strongest chapters present a fresh take on loving yourself: the hilarious honesty in Lily Anderson’s (The Undead Girl Gang, 2018, etc.) “How to Be the Star of Your Own Fat Rom-Com,” the evocative language of Miguel M. Morales’ “Does this poem make me look fat?” and the inspiring advice in Saucyé West’s “Your Journey to Being #fatandfree.” While a list of plus-size fashion resources in the backmatter feels like an unfinished afterthought, nevertheless fat adults will wish they’d had this book growing up, and fat teens will finally feel seen.
Frank and fabulous. (fat fashion resources) (Anthology. 12-adult)