Hi everyone! I’m sure that everyone has probably heard about the upcoming Netflix show Insatiable by now, and how incredibly hurtful it is to fat people like myself. I’m not here to write an essay on why the show is so hurtful because there are a lot of articles on that already (summary: putting thin actors in fat suits is never okay, and having a character lose a lot of weight in a very unhealthy manner just so she can get the confidence to get revenge is also not okay).
No, I’m here to provide you with a list of books that feature fat characters, that are written by fat authors, that aren’t fatphobic and are a lot of fun, so you can read these instead of watching the show!
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy – When Willowdean’s crush likes her back and she starts to doubt herself, she decides to enter into a beauty pageant with other unlikely candidates.
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli – Molly Peskin-Suso has had 26 crushes that were all unrequited, until she meets the super cute and nerdy Will.
If the Dress Fits by Carla de Guzman – The incredibly cute vet Max plays Martha’s fake boyfriend after her perfect cousin announces her wedding. (I didn’t love the rep.)
The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember – An f/f retelling of The Little Mermaid with Norse Mythology.
The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding – Jordi Perez has a plus-size fashion blog and starts interning at her favorite fashion store, where she meets a very cute girl.
Puddin‘ by Julie Murphy – The mean girl and the way-too-nice girl form an unlikely friendship after the mean girl trashes the gym where the nice girl works, and has to work there for some time.
To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin – Savannah has to deal with being the sole-focus of her diet-pressuring mom after her sister leaves for college. Features amazing friendships, journalism and a super cute romance.
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli – A sequel to Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda following Leah during her senior year. Features a cute f/f romance.
I first intended to only add books to this list that I’ve read myself, because I don’t like recommending books that I haven’t read, especially when it comes to posts like this. But then I noticed how incredibly white this list was, so I send out a tweet asking for books with fat PoC main characters and here are (some of) the books that Twitter people recommended:
Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson
So Sweet by Rebekah Weatherspoon
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
Final Draft by Riley Redgate
From Scratch by Katrina Jackson
Wanna Bet? by Talia Hibbert
A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert
Learning Curves by Ceillie Simkiss
The Princess Trap by Talia Hibbert
I really hope you’ll pick up one of these books, and if you do, please let me know what you thought of it!