Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Big Bones” as Want to Read:
Big Bones
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Big Bones

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  1,186 ratings  ·  292 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Bluebelle, also known as BB or Big Bones, lives her life unapologetically. She loves life! She loves food!

When BB has a worse-than-usual asthma attack, her mom insists she go to the doctor. There, she is told that she is overweight (no surprise) and prediabetic (big surprise) and must lose weight, move more, and keep a food diary. To get out of this immedi
Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 8th 2018 by Hot Key Books
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Big Bones, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Allie (alliewithbooks) I'm sure that this question wasn't meant to be harmful, but specifying someone being curvy or fat in a "really good way" isn't okay. The illustration …moreI'm sure that this question wasn't meant to be harmful, but specifying someone being curvy or fat in a "really good way" isn't okay. The illustration looks both curvy and fat to me since they're not mutually exclusive terms. Fat is a totally okay and positive term to use.(less)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.40  · 
Rating details
 ·  1,186 ratings  ·  292 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Big Bones
C.G. Drews
Aug 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
I don't want to write negatives reviews anymore but -- I'm just going to highlight this one for massive ableist trigger warning. Basically a secondary character has an accident and ends up in a wheelchair, causing the protagonist to (a) freak out so much she stops eating, (b) keeps talking about how life is "so short" and we should all be physical and move around while we can in case we "end up in a wheelchair." I...this is just so hella offensive. And that's only one thing I'm furious about so. ...more
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
DNF @ pg 45. This was triggering the fuck out of me and I just.. can't. Onto the next one. ...more
Whispering Stories
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Book Reviewed by Stacey on

Bluebell or BB as she is better know (or Big Bones) is a sixteen-year-old girl who is overweight. She actually doesn’t mind being overweight and embraces her body. She loves food, decent food, but when she has an asthma attack her mum takes her to the nurse who warns her she must lose weight.

After a heated discussion over wanting to get an apprenticeship as a barista instead of going to sixth form, whilst in the nurse’s office, the nurse and he
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
I loved this reading experience because it felt like I was living with BB. I knew what she had to eat every day, but you get to know so much more about her and her family, it was just great to be surrounded by interesting characters and feel a real connection with them all.

It didn't help that I was constantly craving a snack while reading this because the descriptions somehow make everything sound tasty. I've read about the opposite side of the spectrum when it comes to toxic relationships with
Apr 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I haven’t felt so torn after reading a book as I did when I finished reading Big Bones by Laura Dockrill. There were a lot of things I liked, and some not so much, and some I felt mixed on. I’m going to try and explain my thoughts best I can in this review.

Firstly, don’t let the beginning put you off reading the rest of the story! Although the first half of the book was told in a writing style that seemed a little overdone and hard for me to appreciate, once I got further into the story things e
Colleen Fauchelle
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
what a perfect first read for the year. We all set weight loss goals at the start of each year. And here is Bluebell who loves food and is happy with the way she looks. When she is told to keep a food diary for the summer she is not a happy camper but soon it becomes part of her day. Each chapter is a different food how she feels about it and how it makes her feel. She loves the preparing, the cooking and the eating of food. She is funny and sweet and a bit crazy when she is upset. I loved Blueb ...more
Aug 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
Fucking ableist bullshit. It’s meant to be all body positive, but those sections fell flat for me, and actually just felt mean.
And don’t get me started on the wheelchair bits. Nope. Big nope
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My Ideal Boyfriend is a Croissant follows 16-year-old BB as she deals with the aftermath of a terrible asthma attack that very nearly killed her. She's told by her doctors that since she has been deemed medically overweight and prediabetic, the best thing she can do is eat healthier and exercise more in order to improve her health. BB agrees to make an effort, but when an unexpected family tragedy occurs, losing weight becomes the last thing on her mind...

I DNFed this at 10%.

Perhaps that was a m
beth ✨
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
2.5 stars

DNF :( First time in a while.

rtc closer to release date
Marie Andrews
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Big Bones follows the story of Bluebelle as she is told to lose weight by her doctor and is instructed to keep a food diary and join the gym, in exchange for allowing Bluebelle to keep her job at the cafe she works at and not pursue further education. Big Bones is therefore told as a "food diary" and follows her journey on her weight loss, as well as her usual, everyday life.

Unfortunately, I had really mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, I loved Bluebelle's fiery personality and how
Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
One of my favourite books of 2018 so far! Brimming with body positivity, nugget sized bites of feminism and belly laugh humor. Trigger warning for eating disorders and food related anxiety.
Kathy - Books & Munches
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s, read-in-2018
Our main character, Bluebelle, got roped into keeping a food diary but she ended up writing down her entire Summer story instead. Every chapter is named after a dish, food, candy... Anything the least bit edible! Guess I can easily tell you guys it got me hungry at times...

I don't need to worry or wonder why the world stares at someone like me; they need to worry and wonder why THEY stare at someone like me.

Bluebelle, aka BB or Big Bones, is a sixteen year old girl who's very comfortable with he
Trigger warnings: fatphobia, fat shaming, injury to a loved one, poop, mention of eating disorders.

So here's the thing: I was sold on this by the first page, where the protagonist gushes about how much she loves crumpets. Because SAME, GIRL. SAME. But with the exception of a couple of hilarious scenes, I mostly found myself let down by this.

It's the story of a fat teenage girl who's instructed to keep a food diary. And instead of just using it to track what she eats, she treats it more as a li
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75/4 🌟 I was lucky enough to have been sent this and that affects my opinion in no way.

I really enjoyed the main character Bluebell and could relate to the food diary. I liked the positive message at the end and I like how each chapter has a food title. It made me think about food in different ways and it actually motivated me to want to be healthier and fitter.
My feelings for this book have been clearly seperated into two different emotions. The first half of the book was worth 2 stars. It only talked about food and was very superficial. I often asked myself what the point of this book was because it was like reading about any completely normal 16 year old. Really, talking about food is only interesting for so long and 200 Pages is definitely way too long (unless you're writing a cookbook). The summary also says this is a very funny read but I would c ...more
I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Actual rating 3.5 and this is one where I really wish goodreads had the 1/2 star function. It's not quite good enough for the 4 but the 3 feels a bit harsh.

I have fairly mixed feelings about this book. I love the body positivity and the fact that Bluebelle didn't just eat junk food- which I think is a huge misconception about overweight people in general but especially teenagers. I generally enjoyed her voice and cared about
Jun 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF .maybe I’ll try again one day,but this just wasn’t getting to me at all.
Lauren James
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: body-positivity, ukya
This was absolutely fantastic. Stand-out UKYA. Funny and smart and feelgood and with the BEST descriptions of food I've ever read. Not to be read hungry. I now wish it was summer & I can wear all my patterned floaty dresses again. ...more
Hana Brown
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
BB is the body confident hero we all needed. Wonderful as always x
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bluebelle, aka Big Bones, loves food. Every chapter of this book has a food theme, starting with one of my personal favourites - crumpets! This is the food diary that Bluebelle was encouraged to keep following the appointment with the nurse that her mum dragged her to.
Bluebelle is a body confident 16 year old who has a very close bond with her sister and thinks she knows what she wants to do in life. She has just finished her GCSE Exams and wants to start an apprenticeship at Planet Coffee rathe
Aug 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
**Extremely controversial and probably offensive things are said in this review (although I did attempt to be as polite as I could) but may I just remind you that everyone is entitled to their own opinion and if you don’t agree, that’s okay but please be respectful of everyone's views. Thank you :)**

‘BIG BONES’ by LAURA DOCKRILL is a young adult novel following Bluebelle (also known as BB) who is instructed by a nurse at the beginning of the summer to complete a food diary but BB has a lot to sa
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*I voluntarily reviewed this book from the Publisher

Where has this book been all my life? No, seriously! Engaging, inspiring, and speaking truth left, right and centre, BIG BONES by Laura Dockrill is a story for absolutely every one of every age to read and is utterly fantastic.

Bluebelle, or BB, as she is known to everyone is a sixteen-year-old that stands out from the usual crowd and not just because of her weight. Constantly told by doctors, nurses, schoolmates, and to a lesser extent her mum,
Tomes And Textiles
So, I read this and I loved it, but I also felt conflicted by it and guilty about reading it.

Yesterday, I read some reviews on here and my concerns were not only justified, but it seems like I had some blinders on about some other topics discussed in this book--especially regarding fat shaming--but also there was lots of ableist behavior in this book.

In good conscience, I can't recommend you read this book because it is harmful, which sucks because I really enjoyed the writing style so much.
Kirsty Hanson
I've been looking out for more YA contemporary books about fat girls... Or even girls who aren't comfortable with the size of their body or how they look. Because, I'm one of those girls, so I'm always on the lookout for good representation of this in YA. I'd heard a lot about Big Bones throughout the blogosphere and I was interested to see whether it was the type of book that I was looking for, so I decided to request a copy and see what I thought.

A heart-warming teen story from the unique voic
Jan 22, 2021 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately just not for me. Massively triggering, near enough non existent plot and a largely immature way of viewing food/being overweight that I generally wouldn’t recommend. Definitely not my cup of tea, and I’d recommend one approach with caution if considering reading or recommending.
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I quite enjoyed this. It was an easy read and I thought Bluebelle was a very relatable character — minus the body confidence, I don’t have that!

It has a lot of body positivity and a healthy attitude towards exercise which I thought was really good.

Overall it was a good, quick read and I quite liked it.
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish and I absolutely fell in love with Bluebell!
Sassy, confident and utterly hilarious, her narration and food diary was so much fun to read. God, her love of food speaks to my soul, I mean, who doesn’t love a plate of crumpets covered in butter that melts through the holes? I think I have more food cravings after reading this than when I look through an actual cookbook!
BB’s forced to confront her body in ways she previously hasn’t had to, and it’
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I went in thinking this was a complete body positivity fest. I didn’t get that vibe however. It’s more of a look inside of a persons mental status. Showing the struggle inside her head with knowing she’s overweight and knowing she’s being judged and then also making up being judged. Sometimes we are so insecure that we just know in our head that the people around us are surely judging us. I get this. She is trying to convince herself she doesn’t give a damn.

BB is also quite a bit sel
Robin Stevens
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Laura is such a talent, and this book, starring a fat girl called Bluebelle who adores food and learns to love herself too, is brilliant. I've learned for myself how painful and damaging diet culture is, and this book is all about how wonderful food is, how important it is to take care of yourself and how much fun it is to be alive. A really wonderful, hopeful story for 12+

*Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. Please do not use it in any marketing material, online or in pr
I thought this was quite a refreshing, unique read! It remind me a little of Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging when it comes to the humor, and I really liked the body positivity and BB's self esteem. There wasn't a lot more substance to it though, and I felt like the storyline was a bit rushed - it would have been nice to see more plot points resolved. ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
What's the Name o...: SOLVED. Obesity and food. [s] 5 41 Sep 28, 2019 06:31AM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • All About Mia
  • Wuthering Heights: A Retelling
  • Bookshop Girl (Bookshop ​Girl, #1)
  • The Pavee and the Buffer Girl
  • ...And a Happy New Year? (The Spinster Club, #3.5)
  • Oh My Gods
  • The Lonely Fajita
  • Summer of '69
  • Brightly Woven: The Graphic Novel
  • Trell
  • Life in the Fat Lane
  • Take Me With You
  • Last Bus to Everland
  • When They Call You a Terrorist (Young Adult Edition): A Story of Black Lives Matter and the Power to Change the World
  • A Match Made in Mehendi
  • Wesley James Ruined My Life
  • Guerre froide (Les filles modèles #1)
  • Uncoupling
See similar books…
See top shelves…

News & Interviews

Juneteenth, observed on June 19th each year, is an American holiday commemorating the day in 1865 when the last enslaved people in Galveston,...
87 likes · 15 comments
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »
“You never really grow up. It's a trick; everybody is wandering around just as lost as a person ahead and the person behind. We are all winging it. You are always waiting for somebody to tell you if you're doing it right but you never know.” 1 likes
“People look at bigger people and assume we shouldn't feel the need to ever get hungry because we have enough fat stored up to last us until our dying day. As if we can nibble off our sides like we're made of peach.” 1 likes
More quotes…