Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls

I am fat.

At only 5 foot zero inches, even a few extra pounds shows easily on my tiny frame. After a divorce, two bouts with depression, and my passion for great food and craft beer–I am fat.

We are eating healthier these days, and I am doing yoga three times a week–but I am focusing more on strength of mind than losing weight. I would much rather focus on Body Positivity and Self-Love, than stress myself over yo-yo diets.


I am so glad I pulled Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls from Netgalley’s request queue. Jes Baker is a ROCKSTAR, ya’ll. She is the epitome of fabulousness and I want her for my best friend.

  1. She uses ALL OF THE CAPITAL LETTERS. And she says ya’ll like every other sentence. We emphasize things in our writings exactly the same way, so reading this was hilariously amazing, and I felt like I was talking to a more confident, badass, amazing in every day, me. Ok, let’s be honest, she’s the me I wish I could be in every single way.
  2. She gets things DONE. I didn’t realize when I picked this up that the author was the girl who went after the Abercrombie guy, and she’s set up so many amazing body positive photo shoots and campaigns.
  3. JUST SO MUCH LOVE in this book. Seriously. SO MUCH LOVE. It doesn’t matter who you are–fat, skinny, genderqueer, male, female, gay, straight, bi. This book is for everyone, not just fat girls, even though that is the title. The main focus is body positivity, but the whole underlying theme is LOVE YOURSELF, LOVE EVERYONE AROUND YOU, and LET’S JUST STOP JUDGING PEOPLE, YA’LL!

Obviously, this one is going on my MUST READS list. I can’t stop using capital letters because I need to emphasize how AMAZING this book is. Book stores and libraries, put this on your front displays. Teachers and counselors, get this into the hands of your teens. Girls, put this on your TBRs IMMEDIATELY. Boys, genderqueer, and nonbinary too!


Netgalley provided this ARC for an unbiased review. Releases October 27.



One thought on “Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls

  1. Why, why…? I want to read this book just to read it. but when I read the title on your blog the first things that went through my head were a song by Queen…you know the one, and then another song by Humpty Hump/Shock G/Gregory Jacobs. Because you’re fine, just ask someone who loves you. They’ll tell you the truth. My wife isn’t a size zero, because maybe I like someone with more pluses than minuses, and she’s f.i.n.e. to me. Grandpa had a colorful little saying about women and it turns out he was right, and his saying, for all its’ intended shock and offense, implied all women are works of art. Thanks for this, maybe I’ll catch the book somewhere… or is it not really for guys? Hope I didn’t say anything I wasn’t supposed to say, but then I never saw you that way, so it wouldn’t apply despite your claims to the contrary. Miss you!-MJ

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