We have to talk about the F word. No, not that one: “fat”. Media and even our beloved books send a clear message: fat people are not welcome. Their lack of representation in the aforementioned mediums is hurtful and causes many people to doubt their own worth. This lovely collection of essays by some of the most celebrated YA authors wants to remind you this invisibility is bullsh*t. The road to self love is long, but this book helps immensely.
The definitive collection of art, poetry, and prose, celebrating fat acceptance
Chubby. Curvy. Fluffy. Plus-size. Thick. Fat. The time has come for fat people to tell their own stories. The (Other) F Word combines the voices of Renée Watson, Julie Murphy, Jes Baker, Samantha Irby, Bruce Sturgell, and more in a relatable and gift-worthy guide about body image and fat acceptance. This dazzling collection of art, poetry, essays, and fashion tips is meant for people of all sizes who desire to be seen and heard in a culture consumed by a narrow definition of beauty. By combining the talents of renowned fat YA and middle-grade authors, as well as fat influencers and creators, The (Other) F Word offers teen readers and activists of all ages a tool for navigating our world with confidence and courage.
About the Author
Angie Manfredi is a librarian and writer who owns every season of Law and Order on DVD and sends over 150 handwritten Valentines every year. She has spent the last 11 years working directly with children and teens of all ages in a public library and now works in library consulting on all things youth services. Angie is fat and not sorry about it. She is a passionate advocate for literacy, diversity, and decolonizing the discourse surrounding children’s literature.
"This book of self-affirming, self-defining, and self-loving essays is exactly what we need in this fat-hating, fat-phobic society we are living in today."
— Mirna Valerio, ultramarathoner and author of A Beautiful Work in Progress
"This outstanding anthology of essays, illustrations, poems, and letters assembled and edited by librarian and writer Manfredi is a celebration of every body and presents a revolutionary message about fat acceptance and self-love."
— Publishers Weekly
"A provocative and enlightening collection of personal essays, prose, poetry and artwork. . .Essay titles and contributor bios are almost as empowering as the pieces themselves."
— Shelf Awareness
“Fat adults will wish they'd had this book growing up, and fat teens will finally feel seen. Frank and fabulous.”
— Kirkus Reviews
"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."
— School Library Journal