NONFICTION

The Other F Word: A Celebration of the Fat & Fierce

Amulet. Sept. 2019. 224p. ed. by Manfredi, Angie, ed. photos. Abrams/. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781419737503.
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Gr 9 Up–Prominent YA writers, such as Renée Watson and Alex Gino, and several other influential individuals share their experience growing up fat and their work to reclaim the meaning of that word. Essays vary in their intensity and structure, including tips for teens, upbeat advice columns, eye-catching comic strips, poetry, and harrowing testimonials showcasing the ramifications of fat shaming. At the end of this book, fashion resources are provided for teens looking to augment their clothing options.
VERDICT This powerful anthology creates an important discourse celebrating body diversity, leaving readers feeling inspired to seek their own form of self-acceptance. Recommended purchase for all libraries, especially for those seeking engaging essays promoting body positivity for teens.

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