For as long as I’ve been part of the size acceptance movement (oh, excuse me, it’s “body positive” now!), I’ve read surprisingly few books about it or by its leaders. I consider Lindy West one of those leaders. Just by being “loud,” happy, feminist, and unapologetically fat, she is a role model.
While parts of this book are about gut-wrenchingly sad times in her life, this is overall a very upbeat book. Lindy is funny even when she’s talking about terrible things. I caught a couple of minor “oopsies” as far as the narration goes, but that just made her more real as a person to me.
Another thing that I encountered in this book as a first: she’s been subjected to even more online harassment, stalking, and threats than I have, which is rare. She became a target by being a fat journalist, and then really gathered the ire of the neckbeards living in their parents’ basements by standing up against rape jokes. I hate that she’s experiencing it, but it felt good to commiserate with her, so to speak.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book.