This Book’s Spreading The Body Posi Love

*Heart Eyes Emoji*

Book: Big Bones
Author: Laura Dockrill
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Release date:
8th March 2018

Hi, all! Long time, no blog post. Today I’m back with another book review. I recently read Laura Dockhill’s latest YA book and – spoiler alert – it’s blooming fantastic. Big Bones is a book that will have you laughing from start to finish. It’s also a book that spreads the body posi love and offers important lessons in self-confidence and acceptance.

I’m not kidding when I say the *heart eyes emoji* awe is strong…

So what’s the book about?

Tuck in for best mates, belly laughs, boys and the best Bakewell tart.

Yes, please!

Bluebelle’s a sixteen-year-old girl who’s forced to keep a food diary despite being perfectly happy with her weight. The food diary documents BB’s love for food; crumpets, Bakewell tart, shepherd’s pie – yum. But, it quickly turns into a tell-it-like-it-is life manifesto and we learn about BB’s quirky parents, adventurous younger sister and cute co-worker.

Of course, things aren’t always smooth sailing for BB. Things take a turn for the worse when a devastating event requires Bluebell to find a new relationship with her body. She’s forced to rethink the way she sees herself and it’s not going to be an easy journey.

What did I think of it?

Overall, I really loved Big Bones. It’s an important story about body image and identity formation, but still has all the gorgeous and retable traits that you want from a coming-of-age story. A cutesy romance? Check. Strong female friendships? Check. Plenty of lols? Check, check, check!

BB, herself, is an amazing character. Society constantly tries to shame her for being overweight but she doesn’t let their comments drag her down. She’s blissfully upbeat and has such a great sense of self it’s admirable.

As heroic as BB is, though, she’s still human. Embracing body positivity isn’t always an uphill journey – it twists and turns – and we see BB become a stronger person both physically and mentally for it.

All-in-all, BB’s complex yet relatable and you’ll 100% want her to be your BFF or older sister.

Who should read it?

If you love It Only Happens In The Movies by Holly Bourne then you should definitely check out Big Bones. You can order a copy of it from Amazon by clicking here.


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Disclaimer: I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Please note that this post contains affiliate links.


  1. March 24, 2018 / 8:17 pm

    I hadn’t heard of this one before! It’s sounds dopppppe though! I’m definitely going to have to add it to my TBR. Thanks for sharing 😉

    • Emma Matthews
      March 25, 2018 / 8:44 pm

      Thanks for your comment, Beth! Let me know if you decide to read it – I’d love to know your thoughts 🙂 x

  2. March 26, 2018 / 9:40 am

    I need to read this book big time. I have no positivity, but the way you described this book has already got me bouncing of the walls.

  3. March 26, 2018 / 11:20 am

    Sounds like a laugh and I LOVE that it spreads the body positive message. We need more books like this for sure

  4. March 26, 2018 / 12:57 pm

    You had me at Bakewell tart, sounds like such a great book and with romance and body posi it’s a perfect read for sure

  5. March 26, 2018 / 11:26 pm

    Ooh, this sounds like the kind of book I would enjoy! I’ll add it to my Amazon wishlist!

  6. March 27, 2018 / 10:13 am

    This sounds like a book that is right up my street – i think it would really help me. A five star rating can’t be bad, either!

  7. March 27, 2018 / 7:18 pm

    Looks like an interesting read. I will be sure to check it out. Great post

  8. March 28, 2018 / 6:49 am

    It sounds like a lovely, light read which is perfect for me

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