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Kelly DeVos Fat Girl on a Plane is an important look into society s erception of body image In it we meet Cookie a fat teen fashion designer with a assion to create clothing that all body types can wear and be comfortable in There are two interesting timelines in the story and I was amazed at how fluidly DeVos was able to bring her reader into the then and the now as Cookie starts her weight loss journey But will she be happy when she successfully loses the weight Or does she just need to look deep within to discover true happiness Cookie is torn between deep feelings she has suppressed for her best friend Tommy and the desire to go to New York and work under the tutelage of iconic fashion designer Gareth Miller When her dreams start becoming reality living in New York and designing a Velvet Ropes (Club Undercover plus size fashion line Cookie starts to wonder if this is really what she wants Add into the mix a romance with Gareth a horrible nemesis who I loved to loathe in Kennesar Thanks to TLC Book Tours and Harleuin Teen for this free review copyCookie s story was such a raw and honest one depicting a journey that so so so many young women experience every day What really touched me the most was that it wasn t a straight up fat is beautiful I love my body story the ENTIRE time I love reading that too but I fully understand just how hard that is to achieve Readers get to experience Cookie s journey toward acceptance and witness her struggle to maintain the eating and exercise regimen reuired to maintain weight lossand YES I Freud and His Followers promise she learns to EAT again This journey combined with some FABULOUSlus size fashion design make this an intensely readable story I could go on and on and ON about how complex this issue is but it s an intensely Pjesme personal one for everyone and deVos shares a uniue view into one teen s fictional journey The author s note is a must read I m really behind onutting reviews up here but this article came across my twitter feed and it made me want to crosspost so skipping ahead for this oneBlog link this review is 3500 words long I did not like this book and worse than that I thought this was a very harmful book and this will not be a ositive review If that bothers you move on now I am also utting a major trigger warning if you have any kind of sensitivity about fatmisia or dieting because this review has to talk about those a lot as that s all the book is about Fair warning I will also not hesitate to delete comments I find offensive Please click over to my blog ost if you would like to see some of the 20 citations I have in this reviewAlso this review will not be my usual formatting as I have too much to talk about I will also be uoting the eARC uite a bit so you know all material subject to change etc Let s do this Just to get this out of the way the author is fat and this is ownvoices It just seems the author and I have very different views on fatness and dietingI think my first clue I was going to be irked at this book was actually a line in the author s note before the book even started when it says I don t know if I will decide to lose weight in the future but if I do my efforts will be wellness focused I object to the idea that intentional weight loss ie dieting is healthy Did you know that intentional weight loss increases the risk of mortality in fat eople with type 2 diabetes Did you know that intentional weight loss is considered so unhealthy for children and adolescents that the American Acedemy of Pediactrics explicitly tells arents and doctors not to do talk negatively about weight I wholely and sincerely disagree with this framing of intentional weight loss as a measure of health or as something that will make you healthierMy second was the second line of the book is actually wrong The first and second lines of the book are No You can t just buy two seats in advance This is talking about airline seats specifically and goes on to blame global terrorism This is wrong and has been for robably the last decade In fact many airlines specifically reuire it Now bear in mind that the erson whose blog I m linking to in two of those links is
at least sixty ounds heavier than cookie i least sixty Nacht pounds heavier than Cookie I t know their exact weight but it s over 400ounds it s kind of in the blog name and Cookie is specifically stated as being 330 to 337 ounds I have a majorly hard time believing that someone who is as self conscious about their weight as Cookie is didn t bother to google Flying while fat Which is also the title of a short six minute documentary you should watch So I have serious disbelief in general that she had no clue that this was something that happened when half her character is talking about fatmisia and then to say something I know isn t true in the second line of the book That s not a good startWhere do I even go from here I guess let s talk about the storytelling a bit This is told in two storylines ast and resent The ast is denoted by FAT number days until NutriNation at first and later FAT Day number on NutriNation and the The Collaborative Habit: Life Lessons for Working Together present is denoted by SKINNY Day number of NutriNation with theast slowly catching up to the Curse of Rocky Colavito present but still leaving about a year s gap between them First of all the fact that both theast and the resent are told in first erson resent tense is a little weird I dunno that s just a weird stylistic choice that I wasn t into Second wow that s kind of obnoxious The very first thing you read in each chapter is about her weightI m going to try and knock out my other complaints before getting into the meat of the weight stuff so let s skip to the romances in this are obnoxious and I didn t like either of them First of all let s talk about the fashion designer Gareth she gets in a relationship in He hates fat eople She doesn t care about that because she s thin now and he s hot He would *not have looked at her twice when she was fat literally they were *have looked at her twice when she was fat literally they were to meet when she was fat and it didn t happen basically because she was fat and the book s buttmonkey but you know he s hot so who cares if he s an awful ersonNow ignoring all that he s in at least his mid thirties and she s nineteen He literally says I suck at romance and you re an inexperienced nineteen year old So why are you sleeping with her dude She s literally idolized him for years He is on a first name basis with the Dean of her dream school that she couldn t afford to go to and everyone suggests that he ay her tuition and acts like it s a given he will because they re sleeping together His company hired her so he s her boss and could also ruin her future career That s totally not an imbalance of The Kennel Club's Illustrated Breed Standards: The Official Guide to Registered Breeds power that makes the consent situation sticky at all is it He calls himself Uncle Gary jokingly when she s upset at oneoint and I was so grossed outOn the other hand you have Tommy Her best friend who she s had a crush on forever He is Sons of Brahma perfectly fine witheople bullying her about her weight and thinks that she should just get over it and not take it so seriously At one oint he says stuff about how eople have tried diets and they don t work and some eople are happy the way they are and then almost immediately goes My mom s doing NutriNation You could try that Like wow Sure you re great but try this diet that will surely workWhen they talk about his feelings it s really gross He goes on about howhe did everything and mentions taking her to school dances spent hours with her grandmothers was there for her and waited and waited And honestly what the frig Does he think that she should have liked him because he was her friend Not to mention he blames her for not knowing she liked him but he never uses his bi. FatHigh school senior Cookie Vonn’s ost graduation dreams include getting out of Phoenix attending Parsons and becoming the next great fashion designer But in the world of fashion being fat is a cardinal sin It doesn’t help that she’s constantly compared to her supermodel mother and named after a dessert Thanks to her job at a fashion blog Cookie scores a trip to New York to itch her ortfolio and appeal for a scholarship but her Tocqueville plans areut on st. ,
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G boy words to say he likes her It s so entitled and gross and it reflects a lot of the misogyny in the bookThere is a heavy reliance on mean girls for conflict which makes the conflict feels incredibly shallow A thin girl was mean to me because I m fat is a very shallow take on fat oppression At one oint Cookie seeks out a geek guy to make her blog because she s not capable of Googling how to make a wordpress seriously and he says a girl who he asked out and rejected him will be on a barstool next to me begging for my hone number in five years and Cookie basically agrees with him It s really not coolThere are no ueer eople in this A book focused on the fashion industry has no ueer Martha, du nervst!: Von einem anderen Umgang mit Demenz people Not a one I also noticed a grand total of one POC in a book set almost entirely in New York Argentina and Arizona Cause you know thoselaces are super white It is also uite amisic with gross comments about just friends and weird things about being a virgin forever being treated like being a leper There s also a lot of ableism I ll get into the healthism later but there s ableism even aside from that Disabled eople just don t exist in this bookAnd I suppose it s time to talk about the weight loss arc The author s note says this isn t a Cinderella weight loss story but yeah it kinda is It s the Fantasy of Being Thin Every single good thing that happens to her happens because she s thin She got the NutriWater sponsorship of her blog solely because she ran into an important erson from the company at the airport literally she dropped her water all over the floor and he s impressed by her inspirational weight loss Gareth wouldn t have dated her when she was fat which frankly I think is a small mercy but certainly helped her get further aheadMeanwhile everything bad that happens to her happens because she is fat or because she was fat She Zeugen aus der Todeszone pretty much loses her friendship with Tommy because she wouldn tut up with being bullied for her weight and he somehow thought that was all her fault and even at the end they basically agree to disagree so they can stay friends People are constantly making weight related comments around her seriously no one is just talking about their taxes in ublic Every single bad thing that could happen to a fat erson ever happens to Cookie while she s fat because of course it does She has to buy a second seat on an airplane a mean girl bullies her about her weight and then turns out to work at her job no one ever likes her romantically because she s fat she gets sent to fat camp and on and onThere is not a bad thing that happens to her that isn t because she s fat and there is basically not a good thing that happens to her that isn t because she s thin It is exhausting to readHere s a list of things that the book says fat The Transformation of Intergovernmental Satellite Organisations: Policy and Legal Perspectives people can t do haveeople be romantically interested in them be asked to school dances by said romantically interested The Marine's E-Mail Order Bride people get married hike up a hill walk a mile run five miles exercise for reasons that aren t based in revenge wear miniskirts wear clothing that isn t flattering wear clothing that doesn tull off something of a magic act and make them look thin and this one really makes me angryThis book implies that fat Dervishes and Islam in Bosnia: Sufi Dimensions to the Formation of Bosnian Muslim Society people can t be victims of sexual assault or harassment To uote a scene where a very creepy dude is oggling herSituations like this have been one of the hardest things about losing weight My body changed and suddenly I became alayer in this game where Sugar in the Social Life of Medieval Islam people are trying to get sex or approval or whatever from each otherI m going tooint out this creepy dude is her stepfather Might be a shocker Cookie but fat A New Kind of Public: Community, Solidarity, and Political Economy in New Deal Cinema, 1935-1948 people aren t immune from abuse I d alsooint out that fat Henri Matisse: Drawing with Scissors people havelenty of consensual sex but wow the implication there that fat Hexe people can t be harassed is really freaking grossThe dietrogram that magically works when nothing else including the nine thousand USD for the length Christmas break fat camp that she s sent to twice works is basically Weight Watchers by another name I m going to uote Ragen Chastain here because she says it wonderfullyOne study showed that Eumenes of Cardia: A Greek Among Macedonians participants lost around about 10ounds in six months and kept off half of that for two years Karen Miller Kovach chief scientific officer of Weight Watchers International at the time said It s nice to see this validation of what we ve been doing So we re in agreement that Weight Watchers doesn t work yes This is also The Battle of Borodino: Napoleon Against Kutuzov part of the reason why they are bleeding money leading to things like serial yo yo dieter Oprah needing to buy them co opting the language of size acceptance and releasing special lightbulbs because having sex as a faterson is just something you shouldn t do with the lights on and offering their Religion in the Ancient Greek City program to teens for free because why not get the children on the diet culture wagon as early asossibleMind you Cookie thinks there s less support for losing weight than there is for uitting smoking I guess Cookie didn t know there s a 65 billion diet industry She also mentions medicaton for uitting smoking but acts like that doesn t exist for losing weight I guess the anal leakage wasn t glamorous enough to write about and to be
fair it doesn t work but there s a 615 million dollar industry of those tooTheit doesn t work but there s a 615 million dollar industry of those tooThe of the matter is long term intentional weight loss doesn t work If it did why would there be such a big industry trying to sell it to you You could just do it and be done if it was easy Diets don t work It doesn t matter if you call it a lifestyle change or healthy eating or anything There is little to no evidence that anyone knows how to make fat The Polemical Works of Al Al- Abar people thinermanently Fifty years of weight loss research says this The book however argues that A Companion to Vittoria Colonna people who drop weight faster than twoounds a week don t usually keep it off and sometimes eople with thyroid conditions might lateau several sizes below what they started at but they won t gain weight when they stop dieting or anything see PiperSo this book acting like it s as easy to lose weight as going on Weight Watchers for a year really makes me angry I also think it really enforces a ton of stereotypes about fat La Partera: Story of a Midwife people like that they eat than thineople because god forbid someone with a larger body NEED to eat that they re only fat because they overeat that every fat erson emotionally eats which is not handled with any kind of depth it s just handled through determination and notWeight Watchers that no fat erson is hysically fit that fat eople binge that fat eople must be made to look thinner by their clothing or it s not flattering fck flattering There s also so much healthism It s only okay to be fat if you re healthy A sugary drink is a diabetic nightmare of a drink *and don t eat too much of this food because you ll have a heart *don t eat too much of this food because you ll have a heart at fortyOkay I m going to try and get off this track before I stress out But I will say Cookie s obsession with food and calories once she starts is incredibly triggering And if you read a character who had always been thin with this you would be saying wow that s disordered eating At one oint she counts the croutons in the salad because she s only allowed to eat five She talks about eating food that isn t low fatlow calorie as falling off the wagon She runs five miles every morning but doesn t eat breakfast She talks about food like This Deleuzian Century: Art, Activism, Life peanut butter cups only in terms of how long it ll take to run them off on the treadmill Hey newsflasheople aren t Bunsen burners you can t just say how long someone s body uses energy for She hasn t eaten Doritos in two years and is Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, Volume 27 proud of this because it means she s being good food morality atlay She talks about not wasting. Andby when she’s declared too fat to fly Forced to turn to her BFF for cash Cookie buys a second seat on the lane She arrives in the city to find that she’s been replaced by the boss’s daughter a girl who’s everything she’s not ultrathin and superrich Bowing to society’s ressure she vows to lose weight get out of the friend zone with her crush and ut her life on track Skinny Cookie expected sunshine and rainbows but nothing about her new life. Calories on alcohol multiple timesShe uses the hrase and I uote There s a hunger stronger than the desire for food The desire for revenge This is ridiculously close to the ro anorexia uote Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels Because her revenge is losing weightShe won t eat 15 almonds instead of 12 because that s three oints instead of two When she s dieting she s hungry every second of every single day She eats the same lunch either cubed cheese almonds and fruit or Lean Cuisine spring rolls with fruit and for dinner she eats Lean Cuisine dinners and steamed vegetables Sidenote I wouldn t have been surprised to find this book was sponsored by Lean Cuisine At one oint one of her weight loss companions gives her the advice of stick with the spring rolls even if she has to choke them downBecause that sounds so much healthier than eating a wide variety of food you enjoy and that makes you feel good but doing so in a fat body These are disordered eating atterns and the idea of them being normalized like this is horrific Seriously the summary does not discuss how graphic the dieting talk is and it s really triggeringLet s talk her blog and fashionI detest the idea of a lus size fashion blog being run by a thin erson I would Frںuhzeit Des Ostslaventums personally unfollow alus size fashion blog run by a Forbidden Knowledge person who was dieting because I do not support diet culture but alus size fashion blog run by someone who s a size six You are speaking over fat Whose Life Is It Anyway?: Living through your 20s on your own terms people instead of boosting their voices Cookie isractically a Thin Savior of fat The Rumsfeld Way: The Leadership Wisdom of a Battle-Hardened Maverick people nobly battling for their right to flattering clothing It feels incredibly hypocritical And if thatlus size fashion blog was sponsdered by a diet water company WOW would I bail That is redatoryThat also represents something that annoyed me about the book It acted like Cookie was the only fat erson to ever want to make fat size clothing I m not big fans of either of them but you re not gonna mention Tess Holliday or Ashley Graham You don t mention Beth Ditto You re going to talk about Project Runway constantly but you don t talk about Ashley Nell Tipton who won season season 14 with a collection of Option Writing Strategies for Extraordinary Returns plus size clothes that weren t remotely flattering but were gorgeous and amazing Or if you don t want to talk about actual fateople how about Christian Sirano who won Season Four in 2008 and makes amazing lus sized clothing That last link is a youtube videoIt seems incredibly disrespectful to write a book about lus size fashion and ignore all the eople who are doing amazing things that field Cookie is not the saviour of fat clothes She is a nineteen year old girl who doesn t seem to have any respect for the amazing eople who Genocide of One paved the way for her successesSummary Let s wrap this thing up because I verobably lost you all by now with my rantingNow I think there will be arguments that says well the book shows that weight loss doesn t solve everything and she decides to stop dieting at the end and sure that happens for like one Nintendo Wii Flash Game Creator's Guide: Design, Develop, and Share Your Games Online page But there are three hundred otherages that do the exact opposite This is not the fat representation that I want This is not body Star Wars - Jabba the Hutt - The Art of the Deal positive There are tiny tiny attempts at well maybe being fat is okay but it is so lost in the flood of diet culture and fat hatred that it s incredibly underwhelmingI think if you gave this book to someone who believed there was something wrong with their body it would only reinforce that It certainly didn t make me feel good about my body It in fact made me not want to exercisedo the yoga I do regularly because I wouldroving the book right And I like yoga I think it could trigger an eating disorder episode in The Real Estate Entrepreneur: Everything You Need to Know to Grow Your Own Brokerage people I think in general it just sends a terrible message but for anyone with any kind of sensitivity to dieting or not the best relationship with food this could be incredibly harmfulI do not recommend this book and next time I m going to trust my instincts because when I first read the summary of this I knew it was going to be like this and I wasn t going to read it Buteople I thought I could trust said it was
Good So I Decided Toso I decided to it a shot I regret that Half a star solely because the writing didn t always make me want to claw my eyes out and Piper was okay as a characterOther notes I can t include these
On Goodreads Because This Reviewgoodreads because this review too long for the character limit with them There are a fair few though if you op over to my blog I fell in love with this book from the rologue where the author explains this is not a Cinderella story of getting thin but that the first chapter was based on a true experience of how she was treated on a flight based on weight Which really strikes home in a visceral wayBut I digress Kelly DeVos has SUCH a great writing voice Cookie is fun upbeat sardonic at times and such a great narrator Told in dual timelines this book examines her journey as a blogger and budding fashion designer her experiences with others in the industry and also how she is treated differently at various New Cutting Edge Elementary Students' Book points in her life because of her weight Tommy I fell in love with from the very first time he appeared onage and alternated between wanting to slap at times and hug for being so real and incredibly imperfect You can t help but cheer for him and Cookie s friendship as it goes through those turbulent growing up times and appreciate Cookie s strength as she insists on who she is and who she will be valued as LOVED this one Please excuse typosname misspellings Entered on screen reader It starts with a Meditation Express: Stress Relief in 60 Seconds Flat plane seat Cookie Vonn is a senior in high school and already starting to live out her dream of working in the fashion industry Through an internship at a local fashion blog she has the opportunity to fly across country to NYC to interview famous designer Garreth Miller on his latest collection But her big moment gets derailed when the airline forces to buy a second seat because Cookie Vonn is over 300ounds She fits in one seat just fine but it s a judgement call you see After scrambling to find money she doesn t have for the extra seat she doesn t need and being utterly ublicly humiliated by the rocess she is rewarded by being replaced last second by the boss s daughter and shut out of fashion weekCookie decides that if she loses weight she ll finally have the things in life she wants She ll finally be accepted by the world of fashion and her best friend Tommy will realize they are than friends She ll be successful and happy And she does lose 200lbs Instead of just getting an interview with Garreth Miller she is hired to design a collection for him and becomes his girlfriend It s all working out for thin and beautiful Cookie But it turns out happiness is complicated than she imaginedThis book is about so much than a young woman s transformation from fat to skinny Those are the actual terms the author uses to label her chapters I think I would have chosen differently especially because Cookie would never *boil down her life that way large ortions *down her life that way Large ortions this story are about Cookie dealing with her neglectful and deeply flawed deeply selfish Communicating With Animals : The Spiritual Connection Between People and Animals parents I really liked Cookie as a character The character I don t like is Cookie s grandmother Her grandmother is supposed to be the voice of reason to balance out Cookie s brashersonality but I m not sure I agree with her advice You should dump friends who side with your bully You don t have to go to the funeral of the nasty step dad who hit on you Cookie is right grandma is wrong I don t think the author is sending a good message in these respectsOverall I enjoyed this book I aspire to be like Cookie VonnI was lucky enough to win this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Is turning out like she Robot Programming planned When the fashion designer of the moment offers her what she’s always wanted an opportunity to live and study in New York she finds herself in a world full ofeople interested in utting women down than dressing them up Her designs make waves but her real dream of creating great clothes for eople of all sizes seems to grow distant by the day Will she realize that she’s always had the Our Fake Relationship power to make her own dreams come tr.