Fat Girl on a Plane

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3.5/5 Stars.

[ I liked this book. I felt like the author was able to address a lot of the insecurities that bigger people face. I also liked the fact that fashion was brought into this story and let us embrace the fact that we don't have to be a size two to like look nice. Fashion is something that I don't usually read about, so I learned a lot about that subject!

Some things that were problematic for me were the fact that our main character, Cookie, was not a likable character. I was waiting throughout the whole story for her character arc. It did shift, but I didn't feel like it was executed well as the very last page was the turning point. I also felt like the author had...

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THIS BOOK. wow. My very first impressions of this book were so negative and I had no idea how the end of my reading experience would leave me but i'm glad I got to the end because... I think this book tells an extremely unique story, one that could potentially help a lot of people.

The thing that immediately threw me off from the start is that this is a book (one of very few in trad publishing) that has fat representation. And I did not end up seeing myself in the main character, Cookie Vonn. That was the initial sting and that's what made me have this knee-jerk rejection to a story that I don't relate to. It's completely NOT valid to...

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My thoughts on Kelly DeVos' Fat Girl on a Plane are complicated at best. I went into this book really wanting to love it; for a long time, I avoided reading anything that had a fat protagonist, because I didn't want to face the same things that I deal with every day of my life in a fictional book. Over the last year or so, that's changed, and I've started picking up more books with fat characters. I've started demanding better fat representation in comics. I've started following more fat influencers on social media and being more vocal about my own experiences as a fat person in my writing and on social media.

So I really wanted to love Fat Girl on a Plane...

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While I very much thank the publisher for the approval on this title, it was unfortunately not a good fit for me. I did, however, add it to Goodreads, so that others may see it and find it more in line with their tastes.
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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Books about plus sized girls appeal to me. I am a plus sized girl, and I like to read a story and relate. I can relate to having to ask for a seat belt extender on a plane, which in case you're wondering is one of the most embarrassing things I've ever had to do.
Cookie is a great character. She's relatable: she's plus sized, she's angry, and she pushes people away. Basically she's me.
I really enjoyed this book. I raced through it, and I was scared of how it would end, but it did not disappoint in the end. That being said, I had a hatred for almost every single character. The...

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I was really excited to read this book because it was a book that didn’t have a cute skinny quirky girl as the main character. Instead we get this cute fat girl named cookie.

This book is told in two different timelines which I thought might get a little confusing but it was really well done. The first timeline is told when she is still fat while the second one is told when she is skinny. This book did a really good job at showing how easy it is to lose track of what you really want. How you think one thing will be the answer to all your problems when in reality it’s not what you really needed. The journey we see Cookie go on was really amazing. The amount of character growth she went...

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Cookie has grown up in the fashion industry. Her mother is a model and she wants to design clothes. However, Cookie has grown up as a fat girl, which makes her the pariah of fashion. She has devoted herself to creating plus size clothes and going to the best fashion colleges. Even though Cookie seems confident, her perception of her body image create many challenges. She has fallen in love with her best friend, who has fallen for Cookie’s arch enemy. Cookie decides to change her weight to make herself more acceptable and better able to succeed. Flash forward several years, where Cookie is a skinny up-and-coming fashion designer, working with one of her fashion icons. She has a romantic...

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PROS:
The author states in her Author’s Note that the premise of this book was based after one of her own real-life experiences, so definitely a true #OwnVoices experience. The emotions felt raw and real, almost like I was reading the diary of a close friend. Sometimes even the pages from my own diary. Not everything was perfect, but when it was relateable…damn. It was RELATEABLE.
Cookie’s a fashion designer. A good one. And it seriously shows in the writing. I admit, even though I like fashion, I know very little in the way of designers and the name of specific stitches and the like, so at times I was a little lost when she was describing different garments. But even so, it really helped...

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My original review can be seen on my Goodreads.

This book is the perfect mix of body positivity, feminism, bold characters, and an honest look at the fashion industry. I didn't even know I needed all of that, but it delivered in a mere three hundred pages. Kelly deVos' debut novel sparkles and liberates all at once.

I came for the body positivity and I left with even more empowerment. I think women of all sizes will find so much truth in Cookie's story, but plus size women in particular will identify. I myself am a small size but I recognize the horrors of the fashion industry with women of a larger size. I have many friends and some family who would not fit into most of...

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One of my most-anticipated YA reads for the summer! This is a great read for the summer and I loved this story, its characters, and the writing! Highly recommend this to lovers of YA fiction!
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I just couldn't get into this. The side-by-side storylines, one of Cookie fat and one of Cookie skinny, was confusing to me and I was having a hard time keeping things straight. That's not really my main issue though. I just *could not* get around Cookie's personality/attitude. She's seriously a bad person. Bossy, pushy, and none of these in a good way. Plus, she's got this weird relationship with the designer, who's like 15 years her senior. She's simultaneously stating how parts of him are so handsome but she's intentionally making him uncomfortable and telling us how he's such an asshole. That's so incredibly confusing and emotionally manipulative!
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This book was a delightful, empowering gem.
Reading Cookie’s journey was honestly one of the most relatable stories I’ve ever read. It felt like deVos took every body conscious thought I’ve ever had about myself and wrote it down to be relevant and inspiring.
When I found out that the book was written in two “timelines”, I wasn’t sure how the author would pull it off, but I regret my earlier reservations, because deVos delivered it flawlessly.
I definitely recommend you start off by reading the author note at the beginning of the book, but it was touching and moved me to tears, and really gets you in the mind set to read Cookie’s story.
Thank you Kelly deVos for writing such a beautiful...

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Note: After sitting on this awhile I decided to change my rating to 3 stars. I do think the relationship with her boss is very problematic. I also have mixed feelings about the way that dieting was portrayed. I have been seeing some people say that this book is quite triggering, so be warned there is a lot of detailed talk of dieting. She follows a program that is essentially Weight Watchers which I'm pretty familiar with.

This is a book that started out really strong, was kind of disappointing partway through, and then somewhat redeemed itself at the end. I landed at 4 stars, but I have somewhat conflicted feelings about this book. The concept is fantastic. Fat Girl on a Plane...

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So, at 30%, I just can't go on with this book. It needs to go to the time-out corner where it can't bother anybody else. The MC, Cookie Vonn, is at times TSTL, WAY too Annoying to live, snobbish, rude, vain, detestable, and hypocritical, all while being the Mary Sue of her own novel. No effing thank you. The only good thing about her characterisation is that she's horrible no matter how much she weighs - way to be consistent!

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I’m sorry. You are too fat to fly today. You need to purchase an extra seat, and unfortunately, there are no other seats available. Granted, you could not purchase this seat in advance and are at the mercy of the gate counter. Public humiliation times a million, anyone?! Plus, if you don’t get on, you have to explain to your job why you missed the most talked about fashion show this year. Then imagine getting on the plane, after begging your best friend for cash to buy a suddenly open seat, and having to hold a reserved sign next you. People stop and ask for your second seat. To make matters worse, the flight oversells. Now one of your skinny, beautiful, and viciously mean classmates wants...

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Being plus sized myself, I'm a bit embarrassed to say that I haven't yet read any of the other body positive YAs out there. Contemporary isn't my usual genre of choice, so I'll use that as my excuse. That being said, I'll have to pick up more of them because Fat Girl on a Plane by Kelly DeVos was a fantastic read for me!

Cookie Vonn's story is told from two perspectives, Fat and Skinny. We follow cookie through her life journey, not only with weight loss but following her dream of becoming a fashion designer. From the fat perspective, we are shown the struggles of being overweight in our current culture. We follow Cookie though her senior year of high school...

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I read an ARC of this. It was fun to read overall, but I have really mixed feelings in retrospect.

What works:
The fact that the narrative alternates between before/during and after Cookie's weight loss.
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I loved this so much! The story was charming and delightful, the writing was great, and overall it was just lovely.
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This is going to be a truly difficult review to write for me. Lately, I have needed this genre just to remind myself that I am wonderful just the way I am and had I read the synopsis for this book a little closer, I would have found that it wasn't written the way I expected. One thing that bothered me was the two different timelines and how they were labeled. I took some getting used to, but I managed after a while.

Please don't get me wrong -this was a wonderful book but not, perhaps, for the truly heavy woman (or man) who really loves themselves as they are. Most books of this genre do have to deal with the love/hate relationship of the fat body...it is not something easily...

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