We all want body acceptance of all shapes and sizes. In the realm of books here are some titles that embody those values and represent those beautiful big curvy men and women out there that deserve representation and acceptance.
Here the Whole Time by Vitor Martins, translated by Larissa Helena
If you read To All the Boys I’ve loved Before and Dumplin’ than this body positive love story between two boys will melt your heart.
Felipe is reminded by his classmates that he is fat. Not chubby or big boned, but fat. That’s why he is thrilled when school break is coming. He’ll be able to spend time far away from school and catch up on his favorite TV shows, finishing his pile of soon to be read books, and watching YouTube tutorials on skills he won’t really use. He’ll be away from his classmates and he’s relieved. But Felipe’s mom tells him that Caio, their neighbor from apartment 57, will be spending the next fifteen days with them while his parents are on vacation. What would you do if you had to spend the next fifteen days with your lifelong crush? Felipe is nervous because he’s had this crush on Caio for so long, Felipe is very insecure about his body, and he has no idea how to entertain a neighbor for two whole weeks. Now, Felipe is faced with unresolved feelings about himself and his feelings towards Caio. But maybe he’ll win Caio over.
What I Like About Me by Jenna Guillaume
Sixteen-year-old Maisie Martin didn’t expect her summer consisted of entering a beauty pageant. Not when her entire life she has been hiding her body from everyone. With her father not being here for Christmas and her beautiful older sister returning to make her confidence go down, not to mention her best friend going out with a boy she’s loved. But Maisie wants to prove something for herself. With her writing in her school journal about how bad her summer is going, it begins to become a place where she didn’t let anything or anyone hold her back.
Love is a Revolution by Renee Watson
In this new take on plus size girls getting the love and attention of ‘hot’ guys, the new quality and substance of what love is and about romance that shows love for yourself.
When Nala Robertson agrees to attend an open mic night for her cousin-sister-friend Imani’s birthday she falls in love with Tye Brown, the MC. He is perfect in every way except Tye is an activist – creating events for the community during the summer. Nala would rather binge watch different movies while trying different flavors of ice cream. In order to impress Tye Nala tells a few small lies so she could spend time with him. As they share more about themselves, it is hard to keep up the façade of lies. As Nala falls deeper in love and in her lies, she’ll learn how hard love is and that self-love is what matters.
Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado
A coming-of-age story about a curvy big brown girl in a white suburb in Connecticut.
Charlie Vega is a lot of things. Smart. Funny. Artistic. Ambitious. Fat.
Charlie Vega is hilarious, intelligent, artistic, ambitions, and fat. Her mom being the one who really doesn’t like that last one. Charlie wants a good relationship with her body, but her Mom gritting her about losing weight with weight loss shakes doesn’t help. The world seems to have this idea of what she should look like: thinner, lighter, straight hair and slim face. To be whiter, smaller and not have a voice. Her best friend Amelia is always there to help her. Slim, popular, athletic and totally amazing. So, when Charlie starts a relationship with her classmate Brian, the first person to notice her, everything is fine until she finds out he asked Amelia out first. Was she the second choice and does he really like her for her? This story has wit and humor and discusses body culture in society, families, and relationships.
Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx behind and headed to Portland, Oregon. She recently came out to her family and isn’t sure her Mom will speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan that may help her get use to her “Puerto Rican lesbian” thing. She interns with the author of her favorite book: Harlowe Brisbane, the master of feminism, women’s bodies, and gay culture. Will Juliet figure out her life with her family and with Brisbane, or will she run away from her problems?
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