Books Featuring Fat, Female Protaganists

Let’s talk about the beauty of bodies, shall we?

There are a lot of forces actively working to make people resent the natural shapes and sizes of their bodies, especially the bodies of women. Diet culture, toxic beauty standards, and the medical profession have long worked to make people believe their health and their identity is defined by their weight.

But say it with us: no one should be defined by the way they look or a number on a scale.

While the body positivity movement was started with good intentions of empowering all people to embrace their natural bodies, its overly positive rhetoric doesn’t take into account the anti-fat biases (and resulting trauma) that individuals are being subjected to in day-to-day life. The messages of always feeling strong and loving one’s body no matter what can become a new sort of pressure, rather than solace.

This has led to the more recent rise of the body neutrality movement. Popularized by celebrities like Lizzo, body neutrality focuses more on what your body can do right now, rather than fixating on what needs to be done. It’s about finding peace and being present with one’s body in the moment and removes the guilt of having to love your body 100% of the time.

Moving forward, the hope is creating a society where fat people feel capable and strong and loved in every room they enter. But it’s also true that, despite milestones towards these movements we’ve seen over the past decade, fat people still aren’t being represented enough on television, in movies, in fashion, and beyond. And when they are, they’re being stereotyped into the roles of “funny” best friend or the soon-to-be subject of a major life transformation. This is where we want to begin rewriting the narrative.

In this roundup of 15 books centering fat characters, the storylines are nuanced, emotional, and complex without these characters compromising themselves to fit a certain narrative.

15 YA Books With Fat Main Characters

YOUR WORTH IS NOT DEFINED BY YOUR BODY TYPE

1. Faith by Julie Murphy

📚 Don’t miss the sequel: Faith: Greater Heights

This is the first novel in a two-part origin story of Faith, a pioneering, plus-size superhero from Valiant Entertainment comics!

Faith Herbert is a pretty regular teenager just trying to get herself through the last year of high school. She hangs out with her two best friends, volunteers at the local animal shelter and is obsessed with the long-running teen drama The Grove. Oh, and she can fly.

When The Grove begins filming in her hometown, Faith’s fandom fueled daydreams of meeting the cast aren’t enough to distract her from the fact that animals, and then people, have begun vanishing from her neighborhood. Only Faith seems to connect the dots to a new designer drug infiltrating her high school. But the more she investigates, the more the lives of her loved ones begin to be put in danger, forcing Faith into the position of confronting her hidden past and mastering her newfound gifts in order to save the people and the neighborhood she loves.

2. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

📚 This is the first book in: the Dumplin’ verse

Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (nicknamed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. With her best friend Ellen by her side, things for Will have always worked out, that is until she starts working at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets hot former jock Bo who surprisingly seems to be just as attracted to her as she is to him. But instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in their relationship, Will begins to doubt herself. To take back her confidence, she decides to do the most horrifying thing she can imagine: Enter the Miss Clover City Beauty pageant.

Along with several other unlikely candidates, Will embraces the contest to prove the point that she deserves to be there as much as any girl. Along the way she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—but maybe herself most of all.

3. If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann

Winnie is living her best fat girl life this summer as she heads to her favorite place on earth: her Granny’s diner, Goldeen’s, in the small town of Misty Haven. While there, Winnie works in her fabulous 50’s inspired uniform, twirling between tables, before clocking off for adventures with her family and ungirlfriend.

It’s set to be the best summer before college ever until Winnie finds out she’s been named Misty Haven’s Summer Queen, a long-standing matchmaking tradition she wants absolutely no part in. As Winnie is forced to take center stage in photoshoots and a never-ending list of community royal engagements, she discovers she’s deathly afraid of all of it—the spotlight, the obligations, and mostly, the way her Misty Haven Summer King wears his heart, humor, and honesty on his sleeve.

This coming-of-age novel celebrates the learnings and complexities of embracing one’s cultural and sexual identities, and the courage to pursue your own path—regardless of what others might think.

4. I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee

Skye Shin has heard it all: Fat girls shouldn’t dance, wear bright clothes, or really ever call attention to themselves in any way. But Skye dreams of joining the glittering world of K-Pop, and to do that, she’s about to break all the rules society, the media, and her mother have set for girls like her.

When Skye nails her audition for an international television competition looking for the next K-Pop star, she’s immediately swept up in countless practices, shocking performances, the drama of reality TV, and her unexpected chemistry with fellow competitor Henry Cho. All this on top of navigating the shock of media scrutiny, and the highly fat-phobic beauty standards of the Korean pop entertainment industry. But Skye has her sights on becoming the world’s first plus-sized K-pop star, and that means winning the competition—without losing herself.

5. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

📚 This is part of: the Simonverse

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister Cassie tells her to just go for it, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

But when a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, turning Molly’s cynical twin into a lovesick mess, Molly is introduced to Cassie’s new girlfriend’s best friend, a cute hipster-boy who might just prevent Molly from dying of loneliness AND be her first kiss. There is only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.

Right?

6. Moonstruck Volume 1: Magic to Brew by Grace Ellis, Shae Beagle, and Kate Leth

Filled with funny and unforgettable characters, Moonstruck is an ongoing comic book series following werewolf barista Julie and her new girlfriend.

When the pair decide to go on a date to a close-up magic show, the last thing they expect is for all hell to break loose and the magician to cast a horrible spell on their friend Chet. Now it’s up to this team of mythical pals to stop this illicit illusionist before it’s too late.

This comic is a celebration of friendship, plus-size heroines, and perfect for fans of Lumberjanes, Goldie Vance, and Ms. Marvel.

7. Love is a Revolution by Renée Watson

When Nala Robertson reluctantly agrees to attend an open mic night for her friend’s birthday, she falls instantly in love with Tye Brown, the MC. He’s perfect, an activist in the neighborhood, and in order to impress him, Nala tells just a few small lies to get his attention.

But as the two begin spending more time together, growing closer and falling harder for one another, Nala will learn just how hard it is to keep up her facade. A love story centering the message plus-size girls are beautiful, Love is a Revolution is not only a celebration of romantic love, but more importantly, the radical powers of self-love.

8. There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

📚 This is the part of: the Dimple and Rishi series

This hilarious, heartwarming companion novel to When Dimple Met Rishi follows Ashish and Sweetie, two Indian-American adults with something to prove.

When Ashish is suddenly dumped by his ex-girlfriend, his parents insist they’ve found him the perfect date. They set it all up, even writing a dating contract ahead of time, for the couple to follow. Sweetie is a formidable athlete who can out-run most people in California. But all her parents can see in her is her fatness, believing it’s her kiss of death when it comes to finding a husband. So she decides to kick off the Sassy Sweetie Project where she’ll show the world and herself what she’s really made of.

Ashish and Sweetie are both set on proving their parents wrong but with each date, find an unexpected magic growing between them. This just leaves one question: Can they find their true selves without losing each other?

9. The (Other) F Word: A Celebration of the Fat and Fierce, edited by Angie Manfredi

Chubby. Curvy. Fluffy. Plus-size. Thick. Fat. The time has come for fat people to tell their own stories.

The (Other) F Word combines the voices of Renée Watson, Julie Murphy, Jes Baker, Samantha Irby, Bruce Sturgell, and more in this relatable and personal guide to conversations around body image and fat acceptance. A collection of art, poetry, essays, and fashion tips, this book is meant for people of all sizes who desire to be seen and heard in a culture consumed by a narrow definition of beauty.

Combining the talents of renowned fat YA and middle-grade authors, as well as fat influencers and creators, The (Other) F Word offers teen readers and activists of all ages a tool for navigating our world with confidence and courage.

10. Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado

Charlie Vega is a lot of things: Smart. Funny. Artistic. Ambitious. Fat. It’s the last one people have a lot to say about and despite Charlie’s desire for a good relationship with her body, she’s constantly met with her mom’s scrutiny to be smaller, be whiter, be quieter.

There is only one person who’s always in Charlie’s corner, her best friend Amelia. So when Charlie starts a tentative relationship with cute classmate Brian, the first worthwhile guy to notice her, everything is perfect—until she finds out he asked Amelia out first. Was she his second choice? Does he even like her? Because it’s time people did.

Fat Chance, Charlie Vega is a funny, sweet, and at moments painful coming-of-age story that tackles our relationships with our parents, our bodies, our cultures, and ourselves.

11. She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen

After losing spectacularly to her ex-girlfriend in their first game since their break up, Scottie Zajac gets into a fender bender with the worst possible person: her nemesis, the incredibly beautiful and incredibly mean Irene Abraham. Things only get worse when their nosey, do-gooder moms get involved and the girls are forced to carpool together until Irene’s car gets out of the shop.

Their bumpy start only gets bumpier the more time they spend together. But when an opportunity presents itself for Scottie to get back at her toxic ex (and climb her school’s social ladder at the same time), she bribes Irene into playing along. Hijinks, heartbreak, and gay fake-dating scheme for the ages. From author Kelly Quindlen comes a new laugh-out-loud romp through the ups and downs of teen romance.

12. Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

Juliet Milagros Palante is a self-proclaimed closeted Puerto Rican baby dyke from the Bronx. Except she’s not closeted anymore. Not after coming out to her family the night before she flies to Portland for her dream internship with feminist writer, and ultimate authority on feminism and women’s bodies, Harlowe Brisbane.

When Juliet’s coming out crashes and burns, she’s not sure her mom will ever speak to her again. But she has a plan—sort of. This internship is sure to have the answers to help her figure out this whole Puerto Rican lesbian thing. Except Harlowe’s white. And not from the Bronx. And she definitely doesn’t have all the answers…

In a summer bursting with queer brown dance parties, sexy flings with a motorcycle riding librarian, and intense explorations of race and identity, Juliet learns what it means to come out to the world, to her family, and to herself.

13. The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding

Seventeen, fashion-obsessed and gay, Abby Ives has always been happy being the sidekick. While her friends and sister dive headfirst into the dating scene, Abby is content to focus on her plus-size style blog and ambitions of taking the fashion industry by storm. So when she lands a great internship at her favorite boutique, it seems like she’s finally taking her first step towards her dream career. But nothing this summer will go as planned. Not falling in love with Jordi Perez, Abby’s fellow intern and competitor for the paid internship at the end of the summer. Not her sudden friendship with Jax, a lacrosse playing bro-type who wants her to find L.A.’s best burgers. And certainly not her attempts to prove to her mother, the city’s celebrity health nut, that she’s perfectly content with who she is.

But just as Abby begins to feel like the leading character in her own life, Jordi’s photography surprisingly puts Abby in the spotlight, forcing her to decide if she can reconcile her positive yet private sense of self with the image others have of her.

14. Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

📚 This is part of: the Simonverse

The sequel to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Leah on the Offbeat follows Simon’s BFF Leah as she grapples with changing friendships, first love, and senior year angst.

As a drummer, Leah is usually right on beat, but when it comes to the changing dynamics in her life, she’s suddenly at a loss. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it, and even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends, even Simon.

So Leah doesn’t really know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways due to the tensions of prom and college on the horizon. It’s always hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting but especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

15. Every Body Shines: Sixteen Stories About Living Fabulously Fat, edited by Cassandra Newbould

An intersectional, feminist YA anthology from some of today’s most exciting voices across a span of genres, all celebrating body diversity and fat acceptance through short stories.

Fat girls and boys and nonbinary teens are: friends who lift each other up, heroes who rescue themselves, big bodies in space, intellects taking up space, and bodies looking and feeling beautiful. They express themselves through fashion, sports and other physical pursuits, through food, and music, and art. They are flirting and falling in love. They are loving to themselves and one another. With stories that feature fat main characters starring in a multitude of stories and genres, and written by authors who live these lives too, this is truly a unique collection that shows fat young people the representation they deserve.

Published at Fri, 13 Aug 2021 13:01:14 +0000

15 YA Books Featuring Fat, Female Protaganists

Let’s talk about the beauty of bodies, shall we?

There are a lot of forces actively working to make people resent the natural shapes and sizes of their bodies, especially the bodies of women. Diet culture, toxic beauty standards, and the medical profession have long worked to make people believe their health and their identity is defined by their weight.

But say it with us: no one should be defined by the way they look or a number on a scale.

While the body positivity movement was started with good intentions of empowering all people to embrace their natural bodies, its overly positive rhetoric doesn’t take into account the anti-fat biases (and resulting trauma) that individuals are being subjected to in day-to-day life. The messages of always feeling strong and loving one’s body no matter what can become a new sort of pressure, rather than solace.

This has led to the more recent rise of the body neutrality movement. Popularized by celebrities like Lizzo, body neutrality focuses more on what your body can do right now, rather than fixating on what needs to be done. It’s about finding peace and being present with one’s body in the moment and removes the guilt of having to love your body 100% of the time.

Moving forward, the hope is creating a society where fat people feel capable and strong and loved in every room they enter. But it’s also true that, despite milestones towards these movements we’ve seen over the past decade, fat people still aren’t being represented enough on television, in movies, in fashion, and beyond. And when they are, they’re being stereotyped into the roles of “funny” best friend or the soon-to-be subject of a major life transformation. This is where we want to begin rewriting the narrative.

In this roundup of 15 books centering fat characters, the storylines are nuanced, emotional, and complex without these characters compromising themselves to fit a certain narrative.

15 YA Books With Fat Main Characters

YOUR WORTH IS NOT DEFINED BY YOUR BODY TYPE

1. Faith by Julie Murphy

📚 Don’t miss the sequel: Faith: Greater Heights

This is the first novel in a two-part origin story of Faith, a pioneering, plus-size superhero from Valiant Entertainment comics!

Faith Herbert is a pretty regular teenager just trying to get herself through the last year of high school. She hangs out with her two best friends, volunteers at the local animal shelter and is obsessed with the long-running teen drama The Grove. Oh, and she can fly.

When The Grove begins filming in her hometown, Faith’s fandom fueled daydreams of meeting the cast aren’t enough to distract her from the fact that animals, and then people, have begun vanishing from her neighborhood. Only Faith seems to connect the dots to a new designer drug infiltrating her high school. But the more she investigates, the more the lives of her loved ones begin to be put in danger, forcing Faith into the position of confronting her hidden past and mastering her newfound gifts in order to save the people and the neighborhood she loves.

2. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

📚 This is the first book in: the Dumplin’ verse

Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (nicknamed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. With her best friend Ellen by her side, things for Will have always worked out, that is until she starts working at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets hot former jock Bo who surprisingly seems to be just as attracted to her as she is to him. But instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in their relationship, Will begins to doubt herself. To take back her confidence, she decides to do the most horrifying thing she can imagine: Enter the Miss Clover City Beauty pageant.

Along with several other unlikely candidates, Will embraces the contest to prove the point that she deserves to be there as much as any girl. Along the way she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—but maybe herself most of all.

3. If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann

Winnie is living her best fat girl life this summer as she heads to her favorite place on earth: her Granny’s diner, Goldeen’s, in the small town of Misty Haven. While there, Winnie works in her fabulous 50’s inspired uniform, twirling between tables, before clocking off for adventures with her family and ungirlfriend.

It’s set to be the best summer before college ever until Winnie finds out she’s been named Misty Haven’s Summer Queen, a long-standing matchmaking tradition she wants absolutely no part in. As Winnie is forced to take center stage in photoshoots and a never-ending list of community royal engagements, she discovers she’s deathly afraid of all of it—the spotlight, the obligations, and mostly, the way her Misty Haven Summer King wears his heart, humor, and honesty on his sleeve.

This coming-of-age novel celebrates the learnings and complexities of embracing one’s cultural and sexual identities, and the courage to pursue your own path—regardless of what others might think.

4. I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee

Skye Shin has heard it all: Fat girls shouldn’t dance, wear bright clothes, or really ever call attention to themselves in any way. But Skye dreams of joining the glittering world of K-Pop, and to do that, she’s about to break all the rules society, the media, and her mother have set for girls like her.

When Skye nails her audition for an international television competition looking for the next K-Pop star, she’s immediately swept up in countless practices, shocking performances, the drama of reality TV, and her unexpected chemistry with fellow competitor Henry Cho. All this on top of navigating the shock of media scrutiny, and the highly fat-phobic beauty standards of the Korean pop entertainment industry. But Skye has her sights on becoming the world’s first plus-sized K-pop star, and that means winning the competition—without losing herself.

5. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

📚 This is part of: the Simonverse

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister Cassie tells her to just go for it, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

But when a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, turning Molly’s cynical twin into a lovesick mess, Molly is introduced to Cassie’s new girlfriend’s best friend, a cute hipster-boy who might just prevent Molly from dying of loneliness AND be her first kiss. There is only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.

Right?

6. Moonstruck Volume 1: Magic to Brew by Grace Ellis, Shae Beagle, and Kate Leth

Filled with funny and unforgettable characters, Moonstruck is an ongoing comic book series following werewolf barista Julie and her new girlfriend.

When the pair decide to go on a date to a close-up magic show, the last thing they expect is for all hell to break loose and the magician to cast a horrible spell on their friend Chet. Now it’s up to this team of mythical pals to stop this illicit illusionist before it’s too late.

This comic is a celebration of friendship, plus-size heroines, and perfect for fans of Lumberjanes, Goldie Vance, and Ms. Marvel.

7. Love is a Revolution by Renée Watson

When Nala Robertson reluctantly agrees to attend an open mic night for her friend’s birthday, she falls instantly in love with Tye Brown, the MC. He’s perfect, an activist in the neighborhood, and in order to impress him, Nala tells just a few small lies to get his attention.

But as the two begin spending more time together, growing closer and falling harder for one another, Nala will learn just how hard it is to keep up her facade. A love story centering the message plus-size girls are beautiful, Love is a Revolution is not only a celebration of romantic love, but more importantly, the radical powers of self-love.

8. There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

📚 This is the part of: the Dimple and Rishi series

This hilarious, heartwarming companion novel to When Dimple Met Rishi follows Ashish and Sweetie, two Indian-American adults with something to prove.

When Ashish is suddenly dumped by his ex-girlfriend, his parents insist they’ve found him the perfect date. They set it all up, even writing a dating contract ahead of time, for the couple to follow. Sweetie is a formidable athlete who can out-run most people in California. But all her parents can see in her is her fatness, believing it’s her kiss of death when it comes to finding a husband. So she decides to kick off the Sassy Sweetie Project where she’ll show the world and herself what she’s really made of.

Ashish and Sweetie are both set on proving their parents wrong but with each date, find an unexpected magic growing between them. This just leaves one question: Can they find their true selves without losing each other?

9. The (Other) F Word: A Celebration of the Fat and Fierce, edited by Angie Manfredi

Chubby. Curvy. Fluffy. Plus-size. Thick. Fat. The time has come for fat people to tell their own stories.

The (Other) F Word combines the voices of Renée Watson, Julie Murphy, Jes Baker, Samantha Irby, Bruce Sturgell, and more in this relatable and personal guide to conversations around body image and fat acceptance. A collection of art, poetry, essays, and fashion tips, this book is meant for people of all sizes who desire to be seen and heard in a culture consumed by a narrow definition of beauty.

Combining the talents of renowned fat YA and middle-grade authors, as well as fat influencers and creators, The (Other) F Word offers teen readers and activists of all ages a tool for navigating our world with confidence and courage.

10. Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado

Charlie Vega is a lot of things: Smart. Funny. Artistic. Ambitious. Fat. It’s the last one people have a lot to say about and despite Charlie’s desire for a good relationship with her body, she’s constantly met with her mom’s scrutiny to be smaller, be whiter, be quieter.

There is only one person who’s always in Charlie’s corner, her best friend Amelia. So when Charlie starts a tentative relationship with cute classmate Brian, the first worthwhile guy to notice her, everything is perfect—until she finds out he asked Amelia out first. Was she his second choice? Does he even like her? Because it’s time people did.

Fat Chance, Charlie Vega is a funny, sweet, and at moments painful coming-of-age story that tackles our relationships with our parents, our bodies, our cultures, and ourselves.

11. She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen

After losing spectacularly to her ex-girlfriend in their first game since their break up, Scottie Zajac gets into a fender bender with the worst possible person: her nemesis, the incredibly beautiful and incredibly mean Irene Abraham. Things only get worse when their nosey, do-gooder moms get involved and the girls are forced to carpool together until Irene’s car gets out of the shop.

Their bumpy start only gets bumpier the more time they spend together. But when an opportunity presents itself for Scottie to get back at her toxic ex (and climb her school’s social ladder at the same time), she bribes Irene into playing along. Hijinks, heartbreak, and gay fake-dating scheme for the ages. From author Kelly Quindlen comes a new laugh-out-loud romp through the ups and downs of teen romance.

12. Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

Juliet Milagros Palante is a self-proclaimed closeted Puerto Rican baby dyke from the Bronx. Except she’s not closeted anymore. Not after coming out to her family the night before she flies to Portland for her dream internship with feminist writer, and ultimate authority on feminism and women’s bodies, Harlowe Brisbane.

When Juliet’s coming out crashes and burns, she’s not sure her mom will ever speak to her again. But she has a plan—sort of. This internship is sure to have the answers to help her figure out this whole Puerto Rican lesbian thing. Except Harlowe’s white. And not from the Bronx. And she definitely doesn’t have all the answers…

In a summer bursting with queer brown dance parties, sexy flings with a motorcycle riding librarian, and intense explorations of race and identity, Juliet learns what it means to come out to the world, to her family, and to herself.

13. The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding

Seventeen, fashion-obsessed and gay, Abby Ives has always been happy being the sidekick. While her friends and sister dive headfirst into the dating scene, Abby is content to focus on her plus-size style blog and ambitions of taking the fashion industry by storm. So when she lands a great internship at her favorite boutique, it seems like she’s finally taking her first step towards her dream career. But nothing this summer will go as planned. Not falling in love with Jordi Perez, Abby’s fellow intern and competitor for the paid internship at the end of the summer. Not her sudden friendship with Jax, a lacrosse playing bro-type who wants her to find L.A.’s best burgers. And certainly not her attempts to prove to her mother, the city’s celebrity health nut, that she’s perfectly content with who she is.

But just as Abby begins to feel like the leading character in her own life, Jordi’s photography surprisingly puts Abby in the spotlight, forcing her to decide if she can reconcile her positive yet private sense of self with the image others have of her.

14. Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

📚 This is part of: the Simonverse

The sequel to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Leah on the Offbeat follows Simon’s BFF Leah as she grapples with changing friendships, first love, and senior year angst.

As a drummer, Leah is usually right on beat, but when it comes to the changing dynamics in her life, she’s suddenly at a loss. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it, and even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends, even Simon.

So Leah doesn’t really know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways due to the tensions of prom and college on the horizon. It’s always hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting but especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

15. Every Body Shines: Sixteen Stories About Living Fabulously Fat, edited by Cassandra Newbould

An intersectional, feminist YA anthology from some of today’s most exciting voices across a span of genres, all celebrating body diversity and fat acceptance through short stories.

Fat girls and boys and nonbinary teens are: friends who lift each other up, heroes who rescue themselves, big bodies in space, intellects taking up space, and bodies looking and feeling beautiful. They express themselves through fashion, sports and other physical pursuits, through food, and music, and art. They are flirting and falling in love. They are loving to themselves and one another. With stories that feature fat main characters starring in a multitude of stories and genres, and written by authors who live these lives too, this is truly a unique collection that shows fat young people the representation they deserve.

Published at Fri, 13 Aug 2021 13:01:14 +0000

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