Book Review – The Not So Subtle Art of Being a Fat Girl

The Not So Subtle Art of Being a Fat Girl / Tess Holliday / Bonnie Publishing Australia / 2017 / ISBN 9781760407544 / 291 Pages / Memoir

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Book Blurb –

Tess Holliday is many things and perfect is not one of them. But she loves her imperfections – after all, they’ve formed the women she is today. Tess’ number one rule in list is to love yourself – no matter who you are, where you come from, what your faults may be and what dress size you wear. It’s this discovery that has helped her through everything from a difficult childhood, being abused and bullied about her weight, to fending off social media trolls.

In this candid account, the woman at the forefront of the body positive movement (and who has been credited with transforming the fashion industry) explains why you should be happy to make mistakes but learn from them, and how to love your imperfections and be comfortable in your own skin.

My Thoughts –

I got this book at BigW and was really drawn in by the title of the book. I think it is a great title, something that really says that the author really doesn’t care about what other people think of her. That is what made me get this book.

The memoir is about the author, Tess Holliday, not her real name by the way, spoiler alert, and her story from a young child up until today. It talks about her constant moving schools when she was younger, her struggle with not being able to make friends, her weight issues and self-esteem. All the way to her life today with children, a husband and a booming modelling career. Yes people, this plus size chick is a model and she is kicking arse and taking names in the process of making fat normal in a world where weight is more important than intelligence.

There is a lot that happens in this book and to Tess in her life. The way that the story is recounted is interesting. None of it is really written in proper chronological sequence, so get ready for a bit of a bumpy ride with this book.

It is well written, very insightful and I loved the reoccurring Tess Holliday Advice to Life sections throughout the book, even though sometimes they cut some of the paragraphs in half. The story talks about a lot of different difficult issues thought out the novel and even though it is hard to read some of them, I think the way the author has handled it, is really well done and very delicate.

If you like real, emotionally driven memoirs, then this is the book for you.

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 Booky Stars!

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