It’s not my body that’s holding me back. I think it’s more of a problem that people tell me my body should hold me back.’
Meet Emily Daly, a stylish, cute, intelligent and hilarious seventeen-year-old about to start her last year at school. Emily is also fat. She likes herself and her body. When she meets Joe at a house party, he instantly becomes The Crush of Her Life. Everything changes. At first he seems perfect. But as they spend more time together, doubts start to creep in.
With her mum trying new fad diets every week, and increasing pressure to change, Emily faces a constant battle to stay strong, be her true self and not change for anyone.
A warm, funny inspiring debut YA novel from Bethany Rutter: influencer, editor and a fierce UK voice in the debate around body positivity.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review but this did not affect my opinion at all.
I actually somehow had never heard of this book until I saw some book bloggers that I follow on twitter raving about it and as soon as I saw what it was about, I knew that I needed to read it. When my copy arrived in the mail, I immediatley picked it up and I ended up reading most of the book in 24 hours.
I love books about body positivity. I love how we are getting more YA novels about body positivity. One of my favourite books that I’ve read recently is There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon which is all about a plus size athlete. However, No Big Deal does body positivity in a completely different way that I adored.
The first thing that hit me about this book was how realistic it felt for a UKYA. I love reading UKYA because I can relate to them so much more. Seeing the characters going through university applications, coursework and struggling to decide what universities they wanted to go through made the book even more real to me. I also adored the friendships between all of the girls in this book. They were all so supportive of each other which I loved seeing. The only thing I wish was developed a bit more was her friendship with Camilla as I feel like it sort of disappeared slightly as the book progressed.
Obviously, one of the main things in this book is the message of body positivity and the struggles of being plus size as well. I loved how we saw a variety of differing views in a way. Emily is very confident in her own body which was so refreshing to see but it was also great to see her mum really struggle with her own weight as it shows that not everyone is confident and some people may really struggle with it. I really loved the way that the author contrasted the two and their opinions, especially with their conversation towards the end as I felt like it was more realisitic. I am not as confident as Emily or as insecure as her mum, instead I am a mixture of both so seeing them both was really insightful.
Overall, I adored this book. I think it’s so important and refreshing. I don’t want to give any spoilers but I loved the way that this book put a spin on romance and love that I think many teenagers will appreciate. With wonderful characters, well developed relationships and a great message, this is a book that I definitely think people need to read when it comes out in August.