Chubby. Curvy. Fluffy. Plus-size. Thick. Fat. The time has come for fat people to tell their own stories. The (Other) F Word combines personal essays, prose, poetry, fashion tips, and art to create a relatable and attractive guide about body image and body positivity. This YA crossover anthology is meant for people of all sizes who desire to be seen and heard in a culture consumed by a narrow definition of beauty. By combining the talents of renowned fat YA and middle-grade authors, as well as fat influencers and creators, The (Other) F Word offers teen readers and activists of all ages a guide for navigating our world with confidence and courage.
From the first few pages, I knew that I was going to love this book. In fact, if you loved the friendship between “Thelma and Louise” you will love this story of friendship just as much if not more. The introduction of Winona Olsen and Lucille Pryce in the storyline gives the opportunity to feel for these girls and their horrible home life from the start. Their story is full of trauma as they meet outside a police station one night; a growing friendship between two girls in a bad situation.
Lucille seems to be drowning due to her needy mother; not-to-mention, her brother who does drug deals off the living room sofa. She works as a waitress and can’t shake the feeling that there has to be more to life than this.
Winona seems to be starving for life as she struggles with an eating disorder and an outwardly perfect father that abuses her behind closed doors only to hide her bruises so no one can see them but her.
Together, along with the stolen car, they decide they must break away from their daily lives now instead of waiting for their upcoming graduation from high school. As Winona learns that her mother, whom she thought was dead, is alive and living in Las Vegas they come up with a plan to break away from the doldrums of everyday life.
The plan…. to steal a convertible, cash, and hit the road. They end up on a cross-country road trip that leads them into illegal gambling, a drug-dealing scam, and a feigned kidnapping with their friendship only grew stronger.
The friendship between Wynona and Lucille keeps the story grounded while other elements grew more and more outlandish throughout the story. “Hello Girls,” is a celebration of two young women’s autonomy seemingly taken by men and fueled by rage, is a fast-paced read full of nonstop action. I loved this book and if you like a book focused on friendship and wild, yet unpredictable adventures this is the book for you.
NOTE: I received an advanced copy of this book from YA Books Central. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.