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The (Other) F Word: A Celebration of the Fat and Fierce

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The definitive collection of art, poetry, and prose, celebrating fat acceptance

Chubby. Curvy. Fluffy. Plus-size. Thick. Fat. The time has come for fat people to tell their own stories. The (Other) F Word combines personal essays, prose, poetry, fashion tips, and art to create a relatable and attractive guide about body image and body positivity. This YA crossover antholo
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Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by Amulet Books
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Ivy Moore
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: came-soon-18-19
TheOtherFWord

“I have always believed that when we learn to accept our bodies the way they are - when we learn to love ourselves exactly as we are in the immediate moment - it can shift the world.” - Angie Manfredi, Letter from the Editor

The Other F Word is an essential read for teens across the weight spectrum. Part self-empowerment, part raw confessional, 100% fat power, this book is sure to change hearts, minds and anything but bodies. If you’re open to a litany of fashion recommendations, an appropria
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Sahitya
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I first saw this book on Netgalley, I felt that I had to get it because it’s such an important book, and I also wanted to know about the body positivity and fat acceptance movement. And I’m so glad that I got the opportunity to read this one.

To understand why I felt this book was so important, you should know a bit about me. I was once a very thin girl when I was young, who slowly became fat and I have been on a fluctuating journey with my weight since then. And it was mostly due to hormona
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Celine
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The only question I have, really, is: When does the German translation come out? Because there should be one so I can get this for my mom as a Christmas gift.
And I think that already tells you how much I enjoyed this book. As someone who is struggling a lot with my body, it was so, so great to hear from a diverse selection of other fat people, hear their stories or just get advice from them. And also the pictures??? So good, and so important, and ugh. No words, just good.
Linda
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
CW: Fatphobia/ Weight loss/ Diet talk

I am fat. And I have the right to be fat. I have the right to love myself. I have the right to be proud of myself. I am fat and I'm so ready to finally adore everything about my fatness. 💜

The first time I went to a doctor to lose weight, I was 8 years old. Ever since then my biggest dream in life was to become thin. I can't remember a single day, when I didn't wake up with the thought that this would be the day my weight loss journey finally started. I pictur
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Danika at The Lesbrary
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think this is an essential addition to any high school library, or any book collection teenagers have access to. Between the poetry, anecdotes, advice, and humour, there will be something here for anyone to connect to. This is really a book that could change lives, and I hope it gets into the hands that need it.

Full review at the Lesbrary.
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Sylwia (Wish Fulfillment)
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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#ownvoices review

I was going to go through each of these essays and give them separate ratings, but by the time I got to the middle of the book, they'd all been 5 stars. This essay collection handles #ownvoices intelligently by focusing on having fat folks talk to us about fat politics, rather than about individualized personal experiences of being fat. Idk how this seems to you, but I have read too many essay collections claiming to be abou
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Stacie
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it
3.75 stars

I saw that Mason Deaver & Samantha Irby were involved with this project, and then proceeded to frantically request this book from my library. I love both of those authors, so I was excited to see who else they were teaming up with for this anthology. As with any short story collection, there were hits and misses.

The stories that hit were particularly strong and deeply heartfelt. I think that the book could make a real difference for teens today. The representation in this collection i
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Colleen Oakes
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been waiting so long for a book like this; a book that celebrates bigger bodies, a book that tells those with those bodies, "you're beautiful. You don't need to change. It's okay to love yourself WHERE YOU ARE." I can't tell you how important this messaging is in the world today. To read these stories, to hear the thoughts that so many of us have had in silent, dark places, to voice that it's okay to be proud of who you are - ALWAYS, starting now.

In particular, I loved hearing that it's
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Renata
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book and so wish that it had existed when I was an awkward, fat teen! There's such a great range of essays, poems, and art (in the digital ARC I had some of the art was still TK but what's in here is already great). I love how intersectional it is and how hopeful, helpful, and angry it is. Both affirming and eye-opening. I F-ing love it.
Leah
Jul 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, read-2019
I think that, like Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World, this is an important and necessary resource for young people today. The essays are written with heart and direction, in a way that is quite personal. I certainly appreciated the care that was taken to include a wide variety of voices - not every voice, but many types of people, including those who are often overlooked.

I think I was a little disappointed, however, by the somewhat repetitive nature of the material. Obviously everyone is
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Jessica Rodrigues
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, young-adult
A much-needed book in the YA nonfiction genre that will appeal to young people who are frankly tired of being told they should hate their body. Told via memoir-vignettes, poems, essays, and visual art, it takes a multi-voice approach to celebrating the miracle of the human body regardless of how much space it takes up or what shape it forms.

I would have liked to see more on the way body image is often weaponized against people of color (women in particular), or perhaps a discussion of body curre
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USOM
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

The Other F Word is a stunning anthology. It is it hopeful, introspective, and intellectual. The Other F Word is one of those anthologies that demands to be gifted. After the first story, I knew I had to buy some copies and give it to some of my closest friends. It has it all. A diverse list of creators that examine intersectionality and fatness. Moments where they talk about the
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Erin Kelly
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent anthology of incredible voices, all with their own experiences, triumphs, and literary style. An important book, particularly for women, and of any size. It speaks specifically to and for Fat readers, but anyone who has struggled with body image will relate to this book and feel empowered. Alex Gino’s essay was a favorite for me; I read it again and again. But they were all wonderful, unique, and worthy of grand celebration.
mindful.librarian ☀️
Not rating bc I wasn’t able to finish it all before having to return it to the library. The first half is a really solid essay (with some poems) collection that should have a prominent place in teen collections but will have a welcome readership of adults who appreciate that the human body comes in and should be loved in all sizes.
Enne (they/he)
3.5 stars

I always feel a bit weird reviewing nonfiction books because I don't read that many and because I don't think I'm the person to listen to on whether or not this particular collection was good. I picked this up because I thought it would be a good starting point to start learning more about fat activism and fat resistance. But I would feel weird reviewing this book and acting as if I have any authority on those topics when I don't. So, instead, here is a list of my favorite essays from t
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Barbara
This one was a 3.5 for me, and oh, how I wish books like this had existed when I was growing up. Even for those of us who are far past our teens, the various entries are empowering and tout the value of body positivity and embracing ourselves as we are. How much is this book needed? Well, I need only refer to the reaction of my undergraduate preservice teachers this morning when I was sharing a bit about the book and positioning it among some of the other civil rights movements from the 1960s. A ...more
Rachel
Sep 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Oh I feel like a jerk for not liking this more.

Essays are uneven and repetitive. But I read a galley—maybe they tightened it up a bit? I love so many of the contributors. I love that this is exists. I just wish less of the stories felt rushed or lightly revised and reused. D


Then again, it also was a friendly reminder that Samantha Irby is 10x better than an unexpected upgrade to first class.
Jen Petro-Roy
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Essential reading for everyone.
Brianna - Coffee Books and Bullet Journals
Most of this book did exactly what it was trying to do. There were a few of the stories that were more self promotion and trying to sell their book/blog/etc. but overall, this was very powerful and empowering. I loved the LGBTQ+ representation of the authors in this anthology. A very enjoyable read.
noah
I'm so glad I read this book. It's incredibly diverse, examining the fat experiences of people of different races, genders, abilities, and sexualities. I think anyone reading this will learn at least one thing about the world and one thing about themselves. I hope fat people reading this can figure out the next step to loving themselves, and thin people can learn to be more compassionate and be an ally to the fat community.

I also thought it was cute how a lot of the authors in this anthology ci
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Shannon
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
2020 Book Riot Challenge: Read a YA nonfiction book

When I was in high school I was 5'5" and weighed 160 pounds. I was hardly fat, but believed that I was gargantuan, a hulking beast. It didn't help that I'd been put on my first diet when I was five years old, or that I was once told that it didn't matter how much time I spent on my hair and makeup because, so long as I was fat (I was maybe 135 pounds at this time and 5'2' or so) I wouldn't really look good. Nice, right? It's no wonder that I spe
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★ ⋆ Stella ⋆ ★
I feel so lucky that a book like this exists for me and lots of other youth to read! Obviously this collection can be enjoyed by anyone and everyone - but the experience of reading about super cool people practising fat-acceptance as a kid is something special. I know that a work like this can have such an incredible impact on a reader’s outlook on their life, and their (glorious) body. That being said, the highs in this collection were high, but (in my reading experience) a good portion of the ...more
Isabel Smith
With a catchy title like The (Other) F Word, this book is begging to be picked up and read. And for good reason. It’s a unique collection of art, poetry, and other writings that celebrate what it means to be fat. I loved seeing the stories of each writer and artist, all so different from one another, come alive. This anthology is aimed for teenagers and young adult readers, but can be enjoyed by all.
Alyssa
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This collection lives up to its title: fat, fierce, and so affirming! Like any anthology I liked some sections betters than others, but as a whole THE (OTHER) F WORD is exceptionally intersectional, emotional, and well-researched. This is a lovely, lovely book.
Serreta
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's so full of positivity. It's like sunshine for your ears!
Misti
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
A collection of essays and poems by young adult authors, activists, and influencers. This collection is all about body positivity; it made me cry because I’m a long way from there, despite being a lot older than the intended audience. Recommended for readers looking to read positive thoughts on larger bodies, or for those interested in knowing more about the issues fat people regularly face.
Gayatri Saikia   | per_fictionist
This book came to be at a much needed time. I have been stick thin every since my childhood, I have been called out by my relatives, classmates and at times my cousins for my eating habits, my bony hands and mermaid hips. Now 20 years later, I have started gaining weight. You would think, how grateful I ought to be now that I don't have to face judgmental remarks anymore. But the situation is now they have started commenting on how I was prettier before "when I was slim", "your 5'3'' height and ...more
Janani
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I needed this book as a teen. I need this book now.
Kait Goodwin ★Kait Plus Books★
Perfection 💜💜💜
Katie
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite anthology that I've ever read. There were so many stories and titles I read that made me laugh, and there was even a story that made me sob. I've read a couple books that have a fat main character, but this was different because it was these peoples real life experiences. I related to so much that the different contributors wrote, and wanted to befriend some of them also. I was expecting fiction stories, like in other anthologies I've read, but this was more auto-biographical ...more
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