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Awesome Books about Body Positivity for Young Adults ...

By Neecey

There is a major conscious effort right now in the body positive movement and it’s good for all of us to keep this momentum going. Women of all ages experience body negativity and for sure, body insecurity is not limited to teenage girls. Younger women can be more impressionable to the need to be supermodel thin or celebrity fit but there are plenty of antidotes to this. One such medium is in awesome books that sell the body positive image.

Table of contents:

  1. Dumplin’ by julie murphy
  2. Reasons to be pretty by neil labute
  3. You don’t have to say you love me by sarra manning
  4. The sisterhood of the travelling pants by anne brashares
  5. Pretty face by mary hogan
  6. 45 pounds, more or less by kelly barson
  7. Wonder by r.j. palacio
  8. Wintergirls by laurie halse anderson
  9. The other me by suzanne van rooyen
  10. The duff by kody keplinger
  11. Chinese cinderella by adeline yen mah
  12. Eleanor and park by rainbow rowell
  13. Harriet the spy by louise fitzhugh
  14. The woman warrior by maxine hong kingston
  15. Bossypants by tina fey
  16. Even cowgirls get the blues by tom robbins
  17. Gabi, a girl in pieces by isabel quintero

1 Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

A wonderful book about a plus size girl in Texas who goes on a self-love journey all the way to becoming an unconventional beauty pageant contestant.

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2 Reasons to Be Pretty by Neil LaBute

A brilliant play that takes a deep look at the way that human society is absolutely obsessed with beauty.

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3 You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sarra Manning

A touching book about a woman who loses half of her body weight to bag her dream man, only to find that love can be found in the most unexpected of places.

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4 The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants by Anne Brashares

It’s an oldie but still a goodie! The Sisterhood of the Travelling pants not only has a lot to say about body positivity and embracing one’s own self, but also has a strong message about the bond of female friendship.

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5 Pretty Face by Mary Hogan

When a young woman is sent to spend the summer in Italy by her parents, she goes on a journey of self-discovery and comes to terms with her curves and the fact that she loves to eat pizza!

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6 45 Pounds, More or Less by Kelly Barson

A super relatable novel about a woman whose life is dictated by numbers, from her age to her dress size to the all-important 45 pounds that she is hoping to lose before her wedding day.

7 Wonder by R.J. Palacio

A memorable book about a boy born with a facial abnormality who is forced to find strength amidst all of the adversity that he faces from his peers on a daily basis.

8 Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

When her friend dies after the two of them have an anorexic weight loss competition, main character Lia is forced to walk the long road to recovery without her much loved companion.

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9 The Other Me by Suzanne Van Rooyen

A great book that tells a story that not feeling comfortable in your own skin could be because you are growing up in the wrong kind of body. A really powerful and engrossing read.

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10 The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

Recently made in to a great movie, The DUFF tells the story of an ordinary looking girl in a group of near super models, and how she does not let the imbalance impose upon her life.

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11 Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah

A really powerful and resonant memoir of growing up a little girl in China and all of the problematic expectations and regulations that often go along with that.

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12 Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Something of a modern day Romeo and Juliet about two teens who are not comfortable with themselves yet, but inexplicably manage to find to comfort with one another.

13 Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

Another old school classic, Harriet the spy isn’t a conventional girly girl, she wears baggy jeans and cool spy gear, she’s not a conforming stereotype and she kicks total ass!

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14 The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston

Another really touching memoir about growing up with a mixture of American and Chinese culture when you don’t have what would traditionally be described as a perfect body.

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15 Bossypants by Tina Fey

A fabulous memoir from comedy legend Tina Fey about making her way in man’s world whilst facing some of her own body issues.

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16 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins

With a main character who boasts abnormally huge thumbs who gets signed by a modelling agency, this amazing book is all about finding beauty in unexpected forms and ways.

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17 Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

A great novel about a Mexican-American high school student who is forced not only to contend with her own weight issues, but also a pregnant best friend and a problematic mother.

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