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Told through a series of larger-than-life snapshots, a hilarious memoir in essays about love, sex, marriage, motherhood, bikinis, and loving your body, no matter what size you are from the acclaimed blogger and body image advocate.
Brittany Gibbons has been a plus size her whole life. But instead of hiding herself in the shadows of thinner women, Brittany became a wildly popular blogger and national spokesmodel—known for stripping on stage at TedX and standing in Times Square in a bikini on national television, and making skinny people everywhere uncomfortable.
Talking honestly about size and body image on her popular blog, brittanyherself.com, she has ignited a national conversation. Now in her first book, she shares hilarious and painfully true stories about her life as a weird overweight girl growing up in rural Ohio, struggling with dating and relationships, giving the middle finger to dieting, finding love with a man smaller than her, accidentally having three kids, and figuring out the secret to loving her curves and becoming a nationally recognized body image advocate. And there’s sex, lots of it!Fat Girl Walking isn’t a diet book. It isn’t one of those former fat people memoirs about how someone battled, and won, in the fight against fat. Brittany doesn’t lose all the weight and reveal the happy, skinny girl that’s been hiding inside her. Instead, she reminds us that being chubby doesn’t mean you’ll end up alone, unhappy, or the subject of a cable medical show. What’s important is learning to love your shape. With her infectious humor and soul-baring honesty, Fat Girl Walking reveals a life full of the same heartbreak, joy, oddity, awkwardness, and wonder as anyone else’s. Just with better snacks
Let me start by saying I have not read any of Brittany's posts or article,s so this book was totally new to me!
Second, I have to admit, she is very up front and honest about EVERYTHING. So if you are squeamish about the human body, sex and having kids, this may NOT be the book for you. If you are looking for what some would call a totally honest look at modern life, then you may find yourself snorting and falling off the chair from laughing so hard while reading this book (hence you may NOT want to read it out in public...).
The book was what I thought I might expect, and much more. It is a call for honesty. Most people can NOT keep a size 0 frame. It wasn't what God intended. When we strive to not be our true inner selves and instead strive for someone else's idea of perfection, we set our self up for disaster on so many scales, emotionally being the primary one that influences the others. Through this book Brittany tries to teach how she came to love her curves and realize that as a mother, that is the one thing she MUST teach her daughter- love yourself for who you are, Just think if we all did that how much better of a world we would live in.
If you have a daughter, read this book. Save yourself and your daughter future heartache. Let go of an image in your head and love what is there in front of you, needing YOUR validation. It really will help you to step back and rethink how you see yourself, and how you should.
And maybe you'll loose a few pounds while reading the book from laughing so hard you 'leak' a few gallons of that ice tea you were drinking..LOL
About the Author:
Brittany Gibbons writes the blog Brittany, Herself and is the curator of the Curvy Girl Guide on Facebook. She is also a plus-size model and a nationally recognized body-image advocate. Gibbons is a mother of three and lives with her family and adoring husband in Ohio.