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Fat Girl on a Plane

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  1,590 ratings  ·  422 reviews

High school senior Cookie Vonn’s post-graduation dreams include getting out of Phoenix, attending Parsons and becoming the next great fashion designer. But in the world of fashion, being fat is a cardinal sin. It doesn’t help that she’s constantly compared to her supermodel mother—and named after a dessert.

Thanks to her job at a fashion blog, Cookie scores a trip to N
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Published June 5th 2018 by Harlequin Teen
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Feb 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF, but I have to review this. First of all, it was an ARC. Secondly, this book has been all over fat YA Twitter, and I was super excited for it.

HOWEVER, I'm not going to finish this. I'm not even going past 25%. I don't need to read about an "after" thin girl, and the "before" fat girl on two different timelines. I don't need to read about how the thin girl's life is soooo much better and how the fat girl goes to an imitation Weight Watchers because she's so humiliated at her fatness. I DON'T
Laurie Flynn
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I finished this book last week and totally forgot to add my review! The short version: I adored it. The longer version: It's a bold, sharp, smart, totally unforgettable gem of a YA contemporary debut. The main character, Cookie Vonn, is a girl you'll cheer for and relate to as she struggles to find her place in the world of fashion- and figure out where her heart is at in the process. Emotionally weighty, laugh-out-loud funny, and impossible to put down! ...more
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-1
I fell in love with this book from the prologue, where the author explains this is not a Cinderella story of getting thin, but that the first chapter was based on a true experience of how she was treated on a flight based on weight. Which really strikes home in a visceral way.

But I digress. Kelly DeVos has SUCH a great writing voice. Cookie is fun, upbeat, sardonic at times, and such a great narrator. Told in dual timelines, this book examines her journey as a blogger and budding fashion designe
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's not often a book makes me want to stand up and cheer (along with making me LOL throughout). FAT GIRL ON A PLANE is like SEX IN THE CITY meets BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY meets something uniquely and completely all its own (I mean, how many authors can get away with casually and hilariously referencing sun bears, blob fish and Noam Chomsky all in one book?). This Contemporary YA novel is smart, sexy, edgy, rebellious, touching and inspiring (and very funny) all at the same time. Author deVos doesn ...more
Laina SpareTime
May 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
I'm really behind on putting reviews up here, but this article came across my twitter feed and it made me want to crosspost, so, skipping ahead for this one.

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Warning, this review is 3500 words long. I did not like this book, and worse than that, I thought this was a very harmful book, and this will not be a positive review. If that bothers you, move on now. I am also putting a major trigger warning if you
E. Latimer
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*** I received an ARC copy of this book

I wasn't sure what to expect going into this book, but I loved it pretty much from page one. The scene on the airplane is heartbreaking, and I know people that have gone through exactly that. Everything Cookie goes through made me ragey, and then I wanted to stand up and cheer so many times when she stood up for herself, or came out on top. I'm pretty sure there were a couple moments while reading in starbucks that I fiercly whispered "YES!" and had the peo
Kate Olson
Thanks to TLC Book Tours and Harlequin Teen for this free review copy!
Cookie's story was such a raw and honest one, depicting a journey that so so so many young women experience every day. What really touched me the most was that it wasn't a straight up "fat is beautiful, I love my body" story the ENTIRE time ~ I love reading that too, but I fully understand just how hard that is to achieve. Readers get to experience Cookie's journey toward acceptance, and witness her struggle to maintain the e
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Not my usual fare, but oh, I loved it. Cookie's voice grabbed me from page one and I couldn't put the book down! Smart, achingly real, fun, and inspiring. [I received an ARC of this book.] ...more
Stephanie Elliot
Kelly DeVos’ Fat Girl on a Plane is an important look into society’s perception of body image. In it, we meet Cookie, a fat teen fashion designer with a passion to create clothing that all body types can wear and be comfortable in. There are two interesting timelines in the story and I was amazed at how fluidly DeVos was able to bring her reader into the then and the now as Cookie starts her weight loss journey. But will she be happy when she successfully loses the weight? Or does she just need ...more
Xiomara Canizales
May 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs, 2018-read
A really good intention with a very bad performance...
It would have being a good book if the author had a defined audience because I got the sense that it was meant for YA but there where several aspects that make me doubt of it.
I could not take the idea that I was reading a story of an older woman even though the protagonist was 19, that was a big fail for me, it was hard for me to 'create' in my head such character.
I found the romantic relationship inappropriate, a 19 years old girl with a 35
Jolene Haley
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I CAN'T WAIT! Kelly is brilliant and everyone needs to add this if they want to LIFE right. ...more
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This afternoon I finished FAT GIRL ON A PLANE by Kelly DeVos and I cannot even describe how good this book was. Funny, compelling, thought-provoking, bittersweet, empowering, hopeful—there's a little bit of every kind of emotion in this book and I loved them all! As an amateur seamstress, I adored all the fashion details, too. This also struck me as the perfect crossover book—a great YA read, but I found it very reminiscent of women's fiction greats like Sophie Kinsella and Liane Moriarty, too.

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I thought this was a great debut.  I highly suggest reading the author's note.  It explains why the book is written the way it is and how it started from a personal experience on a plane.

Fat Girl on a Plane is told by one narrator, Cookie Von.  But it is told in alternating chapters starting two years apart.  

Cookie is a high school senior.  She is in love with her best friend, Tommy, and is over 300 pounds.  Cookie's mom is a supermodel and her dad is a doctor.  But neither are there for her an
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m sorry but this book was just not for me. There was constant switching back and forth of timelines that just made me super confused at times and had a hard time following. I also expected this book to be different and made me a bit uncomfortable about my weight and myself reading this book so just knew it wasn't for me but I really appreciate this opportunity. ...more
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
Body image is a particularly sensitive topic, which impacts on young adults and adults alike. Inspired by her own experiences with body image, debut author Kelly deVos brings her audience the tale of Cookie Vonn, a late teen grappling with the ins and outs of being classed as ‘too fat’. Fat Girl on a Plane is an insightful and heartbreaking tale, but told with a good measure of humour to lighten up Cookie’s situation.

It is pleasing to see a book on the young
Diana Pinguicha
Aug 14, 2017 marked it as to-read

Cookie Vonn by Pinguicha on DeviantArt
Anna Priemaza
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, 2018-debuts
FAT GIRL ON A PLANE is told in alternating timelines--FAT, before Cookie lost 199 pounds, and SKINNY, after. Cookie expects her life to be so much better once she's lost the weight, but both her FAT and SKINNY timelines turn out to be full of body shaming, jerks, and disappointment. Which makes it sound like this is a depressing book to read, but it's not. Cookie might not always make the best decisions, but she's full of this anger-fueled badassery that had me constantly cheering with glee as C ...more
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you netgalley for the e arc!

Cookie is amazing. This book was amazing. I've officially been blown away by this novel. Okay so let me start out by saying that contemporary fiction is NOT my thing at all. Unless I can relate to a character, it sucks. Being a bigger girl myself, I rarely come across books with a big main character. Not only did a lot of the subjects hit home with me, but I am so impressed that cookie went through all of that mental abuse and still managed to fight for her drea
Stephanie Fitzgerald
Jumped ship and DNFd at about halfway through. When I got to the scene of Cookie having sex on a gondola with a guy, complete with details, I was done.
Disappointed; thought this would be more like “Models Don’t Eat Chocolate Chip Cookies” by Erin Dionne, which was hilarious!
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Body image is a hard topic to tackle but this debut author did it with humor and heart. Cookie Vonn (a cringeworthy, ironic name for this character IMO) is on her way to fulfilling her dreams of working in fashion when she’s told shes “too fat to fly”. Humiliated and ashamed, she vows to change her life and is determined to lose the weight and be the dream girl she covets. Now skinny and watching her dreams come true, Cookie discovers that being the “skinny” girl does not guarantee happiness and ...more
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Please note that I received this via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.

I had a hard time with this one. I think the back and forth of the story-lines, Cookie being "fat" and Cookie afterwards being "skinny" just made the flow of this book slow to a crawl. We also had to keep re-reading the same point made over and over again. I also thought Cookie's relationship (she's 19) with an older man (he's 31) did not read as loving or even romantic, it was just messed up the whole way th
Maybe 1.5? But I'm so disappointed and frustrated I just don't have it in me to be nice...

In summary... this book is a hot mess that does not even feature plausible body positive, which kills me because that's how this dumb thing has been marketed. This book suffers from so many... Just stupid things. Now. I do admit contemporary isn't my go-to genre. But given that the MC is fat (or is sometimes fat...?) I wanted to give this a go. #ownvoices matter.

My critiques for why this book is horrid are
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: swanky-17s
Wickedly funny and compulsively readable crossover YA/adult. Cookie Vonn is a plus-sized young woman with big dreams for working in fashion -- specifically, using her talent and passion for design to create clothes that make people of all sizes feel beautiful, and taking the industry to task for making women over size 10 feel ugly and invisible.

After an intensive weight loss program, Cookie finally starts to get noticed by all the people who overlooked her when she was fat -- and when she gets
Vicky Again
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars

I think the first thing that needs to be said about this book is that I stayed up until almost 2 AM reading it in one sitting.

*nods sagely with weary, red eyes*

Yup. Something about this story was so addictive. But it wasn't like a trashy-sort of addictive, more like a I'm-so-taken-by-this-novel-I-can't-stop-reading sort of addictive. I did not put this down and I pushed through any sort of need to sleep to finish it as quickly as possible.

I picked it up and didn't set it down until I was
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reading a well-written book makes me want to write a better-written review. Kelly deVos’ Fat Girl on a Plane makes me want to write the best review I’ve ever written.

This book wasn’t what I was expecting. Honestly, the number of books with plus-size protagonists I’ve read is pretty limited, and I assumed this would be another one of those books in which the protagonist learns to love herself the way she is with the help of the male version of a manic pixie dream girl love interest. DeVos took my
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There comes a time when you read a book and know…this was what the world needs. That’s just what I thought when reading Fat Girl On A Plane. The world NEEDS this book. Girls, young and old, need this book.

This book takes a sensitive matter of peer perception and adds humor and empowerment to body positivity. It’s something in this day and age, especially in the fashion industry, that girls need to see.

Cookie is a fantastic character. Intelligent, witty and strong. She’s a teen fashionista who wa
Kara McDowell
I love love loved it! It was smart and funny and the dual timeline kept me turning the pages because I had to find out what happened to Cookie! I can already tell she's a character who will stick with me for a long time. ...more
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is such a unique and a refreshing book about following your dreams, fashion and being happy with ourselves because we only get one life and we should enjoy it to the fullest.

*Gifted by HarperCollins Canada*
Samantha (WLABB)
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, contemporary
When I heard this book was about fashion and a fat girl, it had my attention, but this was not just a story about a fat girl on a plane, it was about the pursuit of her dreams and her journey to loving herself.

• Pro: Cookie was by far the very best thing about this book. Her voice immediately took me hostage, and I found myself so invested in her story.

• Pro: The story was told via two timelines - fat and skinny. Fat followed Cookie during her pre-diet and early dieting days, while skinny follo
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is going to be a truly difficult review to write for me. Lately, I have needed this genre just to remind myself that I am wonderful just the way I am and had I read the synopsis for this book a little closer, I would have found that it wasn't written the way I expected. One thing that bothered me was the two different timelines and how they were labeled. I took some getting used to, but I managed after a while.

Please don't get me wrong -this was a wonderful book but not, perhaps, for the tr
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Kelly deVos is from Gilbert, Arizona, where she lives with her high school sweetheart husband, amazing teen daughter and superhero dog, Cocoa. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Arizona State University. When not reading or writing, Kelly can typically be found with a mocha in hand, bingeing the latest TV shows and adding to her ever-growing sticker collection. Her debut novel, Fat Girl on ...more

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