Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: dieting, mental illness, bullying, emotional trauma.
Goodreads Rating: 4 Stars
Another audiobook read that I absolutely LOVED.
Hearing Gibbons (sidenote- it’s so hard to call her by her last name because I feel like I know her better as “Brittany the person” and not “Gibbons the author”) narrate her own story is absolute perfection because I don’t think anyone can tell your story better than yourself. She shares what her life is like being a plus size woman, a wife, a mother, and a body-positive role model in the most conversational, humorous, and honest way. It’s like she welcomed you into her home, parked you on the couch, and just started gabbing away. Weight, dating, sex, birth, children…nothing is off limits. Most especially, Gibbons confesses all her insecurities about being a plus size woman, making her easily relatable to her readers because seriously, what woman doesn’t have insecurities?! I’m not a mother or a wife, but I still found myself relating her story to mine- and a few times, I wanted to share quotes with my sister-in-law who would certainly get a giggle or a nod out of Gibbon’s book.
Now, it is important to keep in mind that this is a memoir- it’s not a how-to book. In this way, I think the title was a tad misleading- but that’s where my complaint ends. It doesn’t promise that if you are having problems with your body insecurities, this book will fix it, nor does it say that Gibbons is an expert on helping you work through your problems. In fact, that’s what I loved most about this book- Gibbons is REAL. She has her own issues, and she’s just like us, working through them the best she can, trying to empower herself and set an example for those who look up to her (especially her daughter). However, there is a lot of great advice about how Gibbons took on the challenge of body acceptance, and she shares those beads of wisdom such as:
“I banned the use of fat as a slur hurled toward myself and strangers. I’m not saying I don’t see fat; saying that is akin to the people who make grand statements about ‘not seeing color.’ Seeing color doesn’t mean you’re a racist. It means your eyes work, but that you are hopefully able to see color not for a discrepancy in normal, but as a beautiful component of diversity.”- Brittany Gibbons
Statements such as these are what I wanted to get out of reading her book. The laughter and camaraderie were absolute bonuses. Also, I will never not think of flu shots as tracker-jacker venom now, haha! It’s a fast paced read- only 6.5 hours on audio or 240 pages for the hardcover- but it’s certainly on of the most enjoyable reads I’ve accomplished this year. I plan to go back through my physical copy and tab my favorite bits to reference later, as well.
Overall, I highly recommend the read, as well as the audiobook. No matter which medium you choose, you will adore Gibbons, aka Brittany, Herself.
Published: May 19, 2015
Publisher: Dey Street Books
TL/DR: Fat Girl Walking by Brittany Gibbons is a self help/memoir about one woman’s struggle with body acceptance and how she decided to love herself.
Read it? YES- or honestly, listen to the audiobook for the full effect of Gibbon’s words.
Recommend it? Yes!
Buy it? Yes! You’ll want to mark and flag it up.
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