By Laura Dockrill
Pub date: 8th March 2018
Publisher: Hot Key Books
I read a lot. Probably not as much as I’d want to but a lot nonetheless. However, I do not write reviews of all the books I read. Probably like most book bloggers. Big Bones, though… deserve a mention here because it’s just like a sunny day in the middle of winter.
Written by renowned author Laura Dockrill, the story revolves around Bluebelle, aka BB, aka Big Bones – a sixteen-year-old girl encouraged to tackle her weight even though she’s perfectly happy, thank you, and getting on with her life and in love with food. Then a tragedy in the family forces BB to find a new relationship with her body and herself…
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Big Bones is the first YA novel that I have read in 2018 and I am glad I requested a digital copy from NetGalley. It was a lovely reading experience because Dockrill really knows how to write and the story was hilarious.
BB is awesome, her experiences brought back memories from when I was a teenager myself and her way of looking at life was refreshing. This is a story about body confidence and getting to accept who we really are – both physically and mentally.
It’s an easy read, very well written, funny, raw and honest. The book is intended to be Bluebelle’s food diary but in it, she also writes about her family, her thoughts and feelings, her aspirations, feminism and body positivity. To be honest, I’ve never read something like this before – this is not a book about a toxic relationship with food, in fact, it’s quite the opposite and it’s empowering.
The story was believable and I think it was only once or twice where I found myself doubting the plot. The characters were warm and seeing the heroine being so happy in her own skin was inspirational.
It’s a story about food, friends, boys and family but above all is a story about trying to be healthy, taking care of oneself and finding balance. I loved the development of BB’s attitude and genuinely enjoyed every page. All in all, this book is a success and I hope everyone gets the chance to read it.
Big Bones out on 8th March and you can get your copy here.
I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review