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Every Body Shines: Sixteen Stories About Living Fabulously Fat

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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
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Hardcover, 416 pages
Expected publication: June 8th 2021 by Bloomsbury YA (first published May 11th 2021)
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    emma
    beyond excited to read this.

    (thanks to the publisher for the ARC!!)
    Bethany
    Mar 12, 2021 rated it it was ok
    Actual Rating: 2.5 stars

    I really love the idea behind this anthology: intersectional stories about being fat and fabulous. Sounds awesome! In practice, I have much more mixed feelings about the collection. Namely that there is a LOT of fat phobia in this book. A lot. From family, from friends, internalized, vicious...and is that often the lived experience of fat people? Yes, to a greater or lesser extent. However, I went into this hoping for more stories about joy and body positivity and falling
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    Carly
    Jun 28, 2020 marked it as to-read
    16 stories about fat teens loving themselves? we love to see it!!!

    only downside? i have to wait until spring 2021, but it'll be worth it 💜


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    Lea (drumsofautumn)
    Jan 28, 2021 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: to-be-released
    "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."

    This just sounds so incredibly good and I am especially happy to read that the stories are "written by authors who live these lives too"! I truly cannot wait for this 💜

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    Sheena Boekweg
    Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This book is everything. Full disclosure, I'm one of the authors, but I'm also a massive fan of Fat Positive YA, and these stories are INCREDIBLE and the forward made me cry.

    Each story is written from a place of love and acceptance, we have sci-fi and fantasy, contemporary and romance. It's enormously inclusive. And in each story, the fat mc is celebrated and centered. I'm so in love with all of these stories and these authors.

    But most of all, I cannot wait for this book to find the readers who
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    Rebecca Sky
    Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    As a contributor, getting to read all the stories was such an interesting and emotional rollercoaster of an experience. I had no clue what to expect other than some of my favs(and new authors to me) writing about bodies like mine in their own worldviews. I was really excited when I finally got my hands on a copy and spent the rest of my day doing nothing but reading.

    Every Body Shines definitely celebrates body diversity and fat acceptance, and while a lot of the stories are about fat joy (which
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    Emma Crowell
    Apr 24, 2021 rated it it was ok
    I really, really hate to write this review. I had so many high hopes for this anthology, and I've been excited for it since it was announced on twitter. But unfortunately, it was not what I expected at all. I think my number one problem is just how much fatphobia is in here. I don't want to dismiss the authors' experiences, especially since I've dealt with fatphobia my whole life. But nearly every single story was about people feeling shamed for who they are, and then at the last moment, magical ...more
    A.J.
    Mar 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    I received a physical arc of this anthology and the editor is one of my agent's clients. This does not impact my rating or the substance of my review.

    I am not the target demographic of this fat-positive YA anthology--and yet, I somehow still felt seen while reading many of the stories. A lot of this has to do with the choice of contributors. There is a diverse range of authors in this collection, from New York Times bestsellers and multi-award winners to those for whom this anthology is their fi
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    Alexx
    I was already emotional when I read the Introduction. I should have took that as a sign that this book will hurt me and comfort me all at the same time.

    This book just hits too hard, hits too close to home. All the fatphobic remarks I've received and experienced, I see it all in this book. And all the frustration and the doubt and the confidence I'm recollecting, I feel it all in this book as well. Every Body Shines showed the different kinds of bias and microaggressions we go through. But it als
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    Jenna
    May 02, 2021 rated it liked it
    I was very excited to receive an e-galley of this book! The premise of "living fabulously fat" drew me in immediately as someone who is fat and was fat during childhood and teen years. In theory, this was the book that younger me needed. While some of the stories delivered on the premise of being who you are and loving yourself as you are, many of the stories were rooted in fatphobia. Of course, most fat people experience this in their lifetime, especially childhood, myself included, but rarely ...more
    Kari
    Apr 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Just what this world needs more of; diversity. And that doesn’t just mean race, religion, class but also something that has been affecting youth and adults to their inner core; and that is body diversity. This book is one of the few books I’ve seen that deals with body positivity, acceptance and also unfortunately those people that induce the fat shaming. But to be able to hear 16 stories about body diversity from characters that are fat themselves is a breath of fresh of air. It allows young ad ...more
    Ksenia
    Feb 16, 2021 added it
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    The sign of a good story collection: I want full-length novels from these stories and find out what else happens to everyone!
    Cassandra Newbould
    Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
    Hi Everyone! I'm Cass, the creator and also a contributor, in Every Body Shines. EBS is an intersectional collection of stories about fat bodies written by 16 fat authors. 16 stories who show fat kids finding their happiness. Fat kids are allowed to have a "hero's journey" arc. They deserve love, joy, neutrality. But they also deserve self discovery, self reflection, self recognition of internalized fatphobia. They are allowed.
    Also, fat stories deserve to be looked at through a world's lens. If
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    Shawna (SugoiShawn/SugoiReads)
    *2.75 stars rounded up

    The introduction starts of with eye opening, inspiring, and profound quotes that immediately pulled me into the book and made me eager to read the stories. I grew up in a world where people around me would make fatphobic remarks and only in my late teens was I able to release how wrong they are. This book is letting me see into another type of life and body that I haven’t experienced and for that I am grateful. It’s nice to finally read something that accepts every body as
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    Jenn
    Apr 19, 2021 rated it it was ok
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    Every Body Shines is a collection of 16 stories about a wide and varied group of kids. The only thing they have in common is that they're all fat.

    I don't like short stories, in general. So keep that in mind. Overall, I didn't like this one. A few of the stories I enjoyed. Two I couldn't get through at all. Some I just didn't like. I felt like these stories we're supposed to be uplifting, and a few were, but most of them were just depressing. I wouldn't have picked this one up on my own, but sin
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    Jessica
    Apr 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
    This book had a nice variety of short stories that spanned many genres and will appeal to a wide audience. The unifying factor of each story being that it had a fat protagonist. These protagonists, as well as many others, are much needed. While certain stories presented situations that were hard to face and quite angering at times, I felt like I was given perspectives that I have not seen before and need to be faced with.. Overall, I liked the premise and style of this collection and think that ...more
    Hannah
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