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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.
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?