#BodyAcceptance: YA Novels That Taught Us To Love Ourselves
It's no secret that many girls face a constant onslaught of criticism about how they should look. If she's not too heavy, she's too skinny. She needs to wear makeup, or she's wearing too much. It's about time we fought back! Join the #BodyAcceptance movement and read these 6 body positive novels that express how important it is to love yourself just the way you are.
1. OCD, The Dude, and Me by Lauren Roedy Vaughn
"I don't see the me that you see. I wish for just a little bit I could climb into you and then you could climb into me and then we could tell each other what we saw there."
Danielle is more than just a little out there. When the school psychologist makes her take a class to improve her social skills, she meets a boy with a few quirks of his own. But can they love each other before they learn to love themselves?
2. Artichoke's Heart by Suzanna Supplee
"When you look at a person's eyes or her smile, you can't tell how much she weighs."
It's difficult for plus-sized Rosemary to stay under the radar, especially since her mother's beauty salon is the town epicenter for gossip. When Rosemary sets off on a year-long quest to get fit, a journey full of humor as well as brutal lessons is in store.
3. My Big Nose and Other Natural Disasters by Sydney Salter
"I had to admit that eight hours of sleep a night for a year had done nothing for my beauty – if anything it had made my brain simply more alert and aware that I lacked beauty or any other distinguishing features, skills, or appealing qualities."
The summer before her senior year, Jory gets a job delivering wedding cakes, determined to save up enough money for a nose job. But Jory's plans don't go as intended in this hilarious novel about first love and accepting your flaws.
4. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
"I am beginning to measure myself in strength, not pounds. Sometimes in smiles."
Lia and her best friend's competition to be the skinniest is a deadly game with terrible consequences. Lia's spiral to rock bottom turns into a struggle for recovery from a disease that makes looking in the mirror a burden.
5. The Duff by Kody Keplinger
"Every girl feels unattractive sometimes. Why had it taken me so long to figure that out? Why had I been stressing over that dumb word for so long when it was so simple? I should be proud to be the Duff. Proud to have great friends who, in their minds, were my Duffs."
Knowing you're not as attractive as your friends is one thing, but hearing it come out of a cute boy's mouth is another entirely. Join Bianca as she discovers just what it means to be the Designated Ugly Fat Friend.
6. 45 Pounds (More or Less) by K.A. Barson
"…some pretty amazing people make room for me, watch out for me, and love me. Sometimes, even when I don't know it. Make it so I fit. No matter what."
Ann is sick of obsessing about numbers: her weight and size. So when she's chosen as a bridesmaid for her Aunt's wedding, Ann decides to lose 45 pounds (more or less) in 10 weeks. Should be easy—right?
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