This isn’t some teens solving an epic puzzle or falling deeply in love while battling a deadly disease. It’s honest and compulsively readable.
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I know writers have a long, long way to go to get to where Susan Stinson was in 1993 when she published Belly Songs.
I couldn’t put down The Sugar Queen thanks to its characters, delicious plot, magical realism, and sensory details.
“I am self-conscious beyond measure.”–Roxane Gay
While Edelson’s novel wasn’t inspiring or kind to bodies, it does show the gray areas — love and hate — of relationships fat women have with their bodies. It looks at how losing fat doesn’t change a fat person.
A unique coming-of-age novel with diverse characters that meets the criteria for a fat-positive novel.
Andi’s fat obsession neuters her. It takes away her agency and renders her passive.
“I’m staunchly against dissecting the fat female body like a frog in biology…”
Overall, Peck’s Fat Girls and Lawn Chairs reads like a good candidate for a memoir class, one in which a smart teacher would point Peck toward the gold to be meaningfully mined and away from the you-had-to-be-there tales you tell friends at dinner.