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Big Fat Manifesto by Susan Vaught
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Aug 24, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: favorites, ya-fiction, read-in-2012
Read from August 24 to 25, 2012


Jamie is a fat girl -- a very fat girl -- who writes about being a fat girl for her school's newspaper. She sees it as a way to prove people like her are normal and have the same feelings and experiences anyone else does. It's also, she hopes, a ticket to college since her family can't afford it otherwise.

This is my second Vaught book and I am sold her on as an author. Her characters have real voice and real heart, despite being flawed. Jamie isn't as confident as she makes herself sound in her column, but her insecurities don't stem from her weight. They stem from many other things, including her relationship with Burke. And Burke, who is himself obese, faces a dilemma of whether or not to undergo gastric bypass. Vaught handled this so realistically and honestly; there's no shying away from what bypass surgery is and the complications that can arise from it.

There are so many standout lines throughout the book about what it means to make choices and what it means to accept and love yourself despite your personal challenges. But never once does it fall into being a book with a Message.

This and Everything Beautiful are by far the two best books about body image and body acceptance I've read. Not just thin bodies, not just fat bodies. EVERY body.

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Reading Progress

08/24/2012 page 50
16.0% "Jamie you are kind of my hero right now."
08/25/2012 page 180
56.0% "Not only an example of fantastic voice, but Jamie is such a great character all around. Flawed and relentless."
08/25/2012 page 225
70.0% ""Have you ever thought about what it would be like not to have the right, power, opportunity or option to chose what happens to your own body? The bottom line is, choice means power. Take away somebody's choice and take away her power. That's wrong, isn't it? To rob somebody of power? Of rights? Of options?" <3"
08/25/2012 page 300
94.0% "Almost got a bit choked up there."
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