Big Fat Books
Body Positivity and Fat
Acceptance in Contemporary
Young Adult Fiction
Fat 2.0
•www.fatgirlreading.com
•fatgirlreading@gmail.com
•@misskubelik
•#yalsalit10 #readfat
Literature Review
•Positive
•Good Intentions
•Problematic
•Adult Titles w/ Teen Appeal
•Disordered Eating
Positive
Payback Time by Carl Deuker
•Daniel “Mitch”
True, senior
•“5’4, 200…three
months ago”
•Houghton
Mifflin, 2010
Models Don’t Eat Chocolate Cookies
by Erin Dionne
•Celeste Harris,
eighth grader
•“plus sized”
•Dial, 2009
Does This Book Make
Me Look Fat?
• Anthology edited by
Marissa Walsh
• Fiction and non-
fiction from authors
like Barry Ly...
Go Figure by Jo Edwards
•Ryan Burke, 17
•“206 pounds”
•Simon Pulse,
2007
Secrets of Truth & Beauty
by Megan Frazer
•Dara Cohen, 17
•“fat”
•Hyperion, 2009
Looks by Madeleine George
Looks by Madeleine George
•Meghan Ball, sophomore
•Aimee Zorn, freshman
•Viking, 2008
The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
The Designated, Ugly, Fat Friend
•Bianca Piper, 17
•Fatness? Unknown
•Poppy, 2010
Fat Hoochie Prom Queen
by Nico Medina
•Margarita
“Madge” Diaz,
senior
•“big girl”
•“chubs”
•Simon Pulse,
2008
The Debs by Susan McBride
The Debs by Susan McBride
•Laura Delacroix Bell
•“size 14”
•Delacorte, 2008 & 2009
•Final book in the trilogy “in
publishi...
Beacon Hills High by Mo’Nique and
Sherri McGee McCovey
• Eboni Ames, 13
• “F.A.T. – Fabulous
And Thick”
• “fluffy”
• Amist...
All About Vee by C. Leigh Purtill
•Veronica “Big
Vee” May, 18
•217 pounds
•Razorbill, 2008
Vintage Veronica by Erica S. Perl
• Veronica Walsh,
almost 16
• “fat”
• Knopf, 2010
• “With her pigtails,
bulk, and hybrid...
My Big Fat Manifesto
by Susan Vaught
My Big Fat Manifesto
by Susan Vaught
•Jamie Carcaterra, 17
•“Fat Girl”
•300+ pounds
•Bloomsbury, 2007
Blob by Frieda Wishinksy
•Eve Richards,
freshman
•“fat”
•Orca, 2010
Food, Girls, And Other Things
I Can’t Have by Allen Zadoff
Food, Girls, And Other Things
I Can’t Have by Allen Zadoff
•Andrew Zansky, sophomore
•“306.4 pounds”
•EgmontUSA, 2009
Good Intentions
This Book Isn’t Fat, It’s Fabulous
by Nina Beck
This Book Isn’t Fat, It’s Fabulous
by Nina Beck
•Riley Swain, 16
•“186-188 pounds”
•“statuesque & pear-shaped”
•Point/Scho...
The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin
by Josh Berk
•Will Halpin, 16
•“manatee”
•Knopf, 2010
Plus by Veronica Chambers
• Bee Wilson, 17 year
old college freshman
• Fatness? Unknown
• Enough to be a “plus
sized super...
Will Grayson, Will Grayson
by John Green & David Levithan
•Tiny Cooper,
•“ginormous”
•Dutton, 2010
Pretty Face by Mary Hogan
•Haley, 16
•“bowling-ball
belly”
•Harper, 2008
Slob by Ellen Potter
•Owen Birnbaum,
12
•“156 pounds”
•Philomel, 2009
Problematic
Fat Cat by Robin Brande
•Catherine Locke,
17
•“fat”
•“pudgeball”
•Knopf, 2009
Ugly Duckling’s Love Revolution by
Yuuki Fujinari
Ugly Duckling’s Love Revolution by
Yuuki Fujinari
•Hitomi
Sakuragawa
•“220 pounds”
•Yen Press, 2010
Huge by Sasha Paley
Huge by Sasha Paley
•Wil & April
•“overweight”
•“fat”
•Simon &
Schuster, 2007
Artichoke’s Heart
by Suzanne Supplee
• Rosemary Goode, 16
• “203-158 pounds”
• Dutton, 2008
Adult Titles w/ Teen Appeal
Adult Titles w/ Teen Appeal
Recommended for Adults
Disordered Eating
Nothing by Robin Friedman
Perfect by Natasha Friend
Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler
thinandbeautiful.com
by Liane Shaw
Skin by Adrienne Maria Vrettos
Big Fat Books: Body Positivity and Fat Acceptance in YA Lit
Big Fat Books: Body Positivity and Fat Acceptance in YA Lit
Big Fat Books: Body Positivity and Fat Acceptance in YA Lit
Big Fat Books: Body Positivity and Fat Acceptance in YA Lit
Big Fat Books: Body Positivity and Fat Acceptance in YA Lit
Big Fat Books: Body Positivity and Fat Acceptance in YA Lit
Big Fat Books: Body Positivity and Fat Acceptance in YA Lit
Big Fat Books: Body Positivity and Fat Acceptance in YA Lit
Big Fat Books: Body Positivity and Fat Acceptance in YA Lit
Big Fat Books: Body Positivity and Fat Acceptance in YA Lit
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Big Fat Books: Body Positivity and Fat Acceptance in YA Lit

  1. 1. Big Fat Books Body Positivity and Fat Acceptance in Contemporary Young Adult Fiction
  2. 2. Fat 2.0 •www.fatgirlreading.com •fatgirlreading@gmail.com •@misskubelik •#yalsalit10 #readfat
  3. 3. Literature Review •Positive •Good Intentions •Problematic •Adult Titles w/ Teen Appeal •Disordered Eating
  4. 4. Positive
  5. 5. Payback Time by Carl Deuker •Daniel “Mitch” True, senior •“5’4, 200…three months ago” •Houghton Mifflin, 2010
  6. 6. Models Don’t Eat Chocolate Cookies by Erin Dionne •Celeste Harris, eighth grader •“plus sized” •Dial, 2009
  7. 7. Does This Book Make Me Look Fat? • Anthology edited by Marissa Walsh • Fiction and non- fiction from authors like Barry Lya, Ellen Hopkins, Coe Booth, and Sara Zarr • Clarion, 2008
  8. 8. Go Figure by Jo Edwards •Ryan Burke, 17 •“206 pounds” •Simon Pulse, 2007
  9. 9. Secrets of Truth & Beauty by Megan Frazer •Dara Cohen, 17 •“fat” •Hyperion, 2009
  10. 10. Looks by Madeleine George
  11. 11. Looks by Madeleine George •Meghan Ball, sophomore •Aimee Zorn, freshman •Viking, 2008
  12. 12. The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
  13. 13. The Designated, Ugly, Fat Friend •Bianca Piper, 17 •Fatness? Unknown •Poppy, 2010
  14. 14. Fat Hoochie Prom Queen by Nico Medina •Margarita “Madge” Diaz, senior •“big girl” •“chubs” •Simon Pulse, 2008
  15. 15. The Debs by Susan McBride
  16. 16. The Debs by Susan McBride •Laura Delacroix Bell •“size 14” •Delacorte, 2008 & 2009 •Final book in the trilogy “in publishing limbo”
  17. 17. Beacon Hills High by Mo’Nique and Sherri McGee McCovey • Eboni Ames, 13 • “F.A.T. – Fabulous And Thick” • “fluffy” • Amistad, 2008 • First in a series that never materialized
  18. 18. All About Vee by C. Leigh Purtill •Veronica “Big Vee” May, 18 •217 pounds •Razorbill, 2008
  19. 19. Vintage Veronica by Erica S. Perl • Veronica Walsh, almost 16 • “fat” • Knopf, 2010 • “With her pigtails, bulk, and hybrid outfits, it’s hard to envision Veronica as the fashion icon others admire.” – Ilene Cooper in Booklist
  20. 20. My Big Fat Manifesto by Susan Vaught
  21. 21. My Big Fat Manifesto by Susan Vaught •Jamie Carcaterra, 17 •“Fat Girl” •300+ pounds •Bloomsbury, 2007
  22. 22. Blob by Frieda Wishinksy •Eve Richards, freshman •“fat” •Orca, 2010
  23. 23. Food, Girls, And Other Things I Can’t Have by Allen Zadoff
  24. 24. Food, Girls, And Other Things I Can’t Have by Allen Zadoff •Andrew Zansky, sophomore •“306.4 pounds” •EgmontUSA, 2009
  25. 25. Good Intentions
  26. 26. This Book Isn’t Fat, It’s Fabulous by Nina Beck
  27. 27. This Book Isn’t Fat, It’s Fabulous by Nina Beck •Riley Swain, 16 •“186-188 pounds” •“statuesque & pear-shaped” •Point/Scholastic, 2008
  28. 28. The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk •Will Halpin, 16 •“manatee” •Knopf, 2010
  29. 29. Plus by Veronica Chambers • Bee Wilson, 17 year old college freshman • Fatness? Unknown • Enough to be a “plus sized supermodel” but still “toned” and “not bloated” • Razorbill, 2010
  30. 30. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan •Tiny Cooper, •“ginormous” •Dutton, 2010
  31. 31. Pretty Face by Mary Hogan •Haley, 16 •“bowling-ball belly” •Harper, 2008
  32. 32. Slob by Ellen Potter •Owen Birnbaum, 12 •“156 pounds” •Philomel, 2009
  33. 33. Problematic
  34. 34. Fat Cat by Robin Brande •Catherine Locke, 17 •“fat” •“pudgeball” •Knopf, 2009
  35. 35. Ugly Duckling’s Love Revolution by Yuuki Fujinari
  36. 36. Ugly Duckling’s Love Revolution by Yuuki Fujinari •Hitomi Sakuragawa •“220 pounds” •Yen Press, 2010
  37. 37. Huge by Sasha Paley
  38. 38. Huge by Sasha Paley •Wil & April •“overweight” •“fat” •Simon & Schuster, 2007
  39. 39. Artichoke’s Heart by Suzanne Supplee • Rosemary Goode, 16 • “203-158 pounds” • Dutton, 2008
  40. 40. Adult Titles w/ Teen Appeal
  41. 41. Adult Titles w/ Teen Appeal
  42. 42. Recommended for Adults
  43. 43. Disordered Eating
  44. 44. Nothing by Robin Friedman
  45. 45. Perfect by Natasha Friend
  46. 46. Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler
  47. 47. thinandbeautiful.com by Liane Shaw
  48. 48. Skin by Adrienne Maria Vrettos

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