Monday, June 8, 2015

REVIEW: Fat Girl Walking by Brittany Gibbons


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.

NOW A NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER!!! 

Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 19th 2015 by Dey Street Books
Source: Received from publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for honest review
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Shel: OMG. I absolutely LOVE Brittany Gibbons and when we had an opportunity to review this book, I jumped at it immediately and I'm so glad I did. This book filled in many blanks for me--as I admittedly came to her later in her blogging career. I didn't know much about her childhood and early blogging years and some of the revelations were quite surprising. Why? Because I view her as incredibly confident and aware and reading about some of her low points was eye opening and made me appreciate and respect and love her even more. Court: I LOVE her too, and thanks to Shelley I was introduced to the Brittany emails, and Last Call with Brittany (a "Google Hangout Show" where she would have guest friends and authors to talk about love, sex, and as always, loving ourselves) and fell in absolute love with her blog, and her family, and reading what thought invoking topics that she would bring us every single week. I am so excited we were able to review this book too, because I relate so much to the things she says, has dealt with, and while I don't have kids...the weight and body image struggle is real...and whoa, Brittany is real and a brilliant story teller.

Shel: In Fat Girl Walking, Brittany shares some very honest and raw and hilarious stories of her past and how she's arrived to where she is now and I know that her story will inspire many, make many nod in understanding, and have you laughing so hard you'll shake the bed while your spouse is sleeping (as I know from experience). Court: AGREED! The struggles that she has been through in her life she tells in this memoir with brutal honesty, and reflection. On the fun side, it is very fun, but on the serious side, it would be very difficult to get in your way back car in your memory and relive some of these things. I am proud she did. On the blogging/critical side of things, this book is brilliantly written, and as a reader who doesn't do much (okay, any) nonfiction, and real life stuff, because I generally look for an escape when I read...I was in awe, and while I might not have a whole shelf full of memoirs, I really wanted and am glad I read this one.

Shel: Court and I don't take many opportunities to review non-fiction books but this one was a no-brainer for us and we hope you'll take a day to read it too. And while your at it, click on her website  and read her posts--she's wonderful and one of my favorite people to read. Court: Darn, I should really read to the bottom of your posts before writing instead of doing it paragraph by paragraph so I don't steal your thunder...anyways...yes, read this and read about her journey, and I think these thoughts can be applied to womanhood, growing up with family struggles, and loving yourself no matter what size you are. 

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