The Self-Love Revolution: Radical Body Positivity for Girls of Color

New Harbinger. (Instant Help Solutions). May 2020. 184p. pap. $16.95. ISBN 9781684034116.
Gr 8 Up–This guide for young women (and all women) discusses how to cut through the dominant narrative of mainstream beauty standards. Readers learn to question and reject narrow definitions of beauty. Tovar, a prominent activist, helps readers overcome the societal and cultural barrage of negative messaging and rewrite the narrative around their own body image. As the author unapologetically points out, one’s body is one’s own business—no one gets to tell someone else what they are. The book does a wonderful job of showing how young girls and women can embrace their individuality and cultivate body positivity. The journey to self-love and acceptance is not a short one, but Tovar demonstrates ways to disrupt mainstream standards, call out sham diet culture, and learn how to be comfortable and proud of one’s body.
VERDICT A terrific resource that shows readers how to start feeling good about their body and rewire their sense of self-worth.

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