I recently bought this book called Viva Voluptuous written by Sarah Clark, I purchased the book because my friend Leah recommended it (she blogged about it here) and I was looking for something to read quickly in the midst of writing my thesis paper. You know, something that is fun and entertaining and makes you smile while you’re reading it.
One of my favorite things about this book is the fact that while it is outright fun (there are many laugh out loud moments) and you feel like you’re sitting around chatting with your girlfriends, it also holds an important message. You can be fat and be happy. You can be thin and be happy too, this isn’t a book that is saying “fat versus thin”, ( I would have hated that. I think women should be out there supporting each other, that’s what true body positivity is all about) on the contrary, I believe the message behind it is truly pro-women of all shapes and sizes and just embracing what you have, no matter what size you are. I hate the general idea some people have that plus-sized people just sit around and do nothing all day and eat cakes and are a burden to everyone else. What a pile of crap. And I’ve really noticed, especially on the internet, some people feel that it is okay to be verbally abusive to people over their size. Well it’s not okay. (This is mentioned in the book. The current form of accepted discrimination is against the plus-size community. It’s socially unacceptable to be racist or discriminate someone over religion but bashing on someone who weighs more? Sure, that just means you’re concerned about their health… Fucking hell!) Just because someone weighs more doesn’t necessarily mean that they are unhealthy and just because someone is thin doesn’t mean they are happy or healthy. The point is, it doesn’t matter how much you weigh. What does matter is what you do and how you live your life. I love that this book is saying work with what you have, don’t go on stupid diets and feel bad about yourself, instead live your life to the fullest you can, be active, take good care of your body for you not for someone else, have fun, wear what you want and be who you want to be.
Anyways, I really recommend this book, I loved reading it and the set of characters were very well written (I loved Zoe the most). I’ve definitely found a new author to add to my favorites list 🙂