mehsi's review

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5.0

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

I just adore Nicole Byer (Nailed it is just amazing) and I love these books about body positivity. So I had to try out this book, and I can tell you I loved it and will be adding it to my collection when the book releases in May!

This book is about body positivity and then especially doing stuff in a bikini. Nicole can list around 199 things you can do in a bikini and encourages you to add some more. Some of the things include baking bacon (though she recommends not wearing a bikini for that :P), bench-pressing a baby, throwing bags of potatoes in the ocean, and more. I had such a big laugh at this one.
She even includes a guide on finding a special bikini for two occasions and there are plenty of tips on how to overcome and be brave! I loved reading those tips. I am not fat or overweight, but I got enough body issues that I drive my hubby crazy, so I was happy with those tips. I hope I don’t offend someone, given that this book is about fat + bravery and I am in the OK weight range. But yeah, body issues are real. God, I wish I could just love my body.

hngoodlett's review

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funny lighthearted fast-paced

5.0

nordstina's review against another edition

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funny inspiring fast-paced

2.0

I fully admit that I went into this book expecting some different, so I cannot fault Nicole Byer for that. I expected a bit more of a comedic memoir/essay collection about her experiences as a fat woman. And while there was some of that, there was so much more that could be mined there. Much of this book are lists, pictures of her in bikinis in all sorts of places, and how to embrace one's body (and wear a bikini!). I just expected more writing and more personal items about her life, and less focused on bikini wearing in particular. She's funny, and I hope she writes a bit more of a traditional comedic essay collection in the future as I think I would really enjoy.

creepylurker's review

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3.0

I love Nicole Byer and if you love her too you’ll hear her voice in your head while reading which makes this book that much better. It’s a super quick read bc it’s mostly pictures of Nicole in bikini’s which is #verybrave.

shannanh's review

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4.0

I have never heard of this author, and almost didn't read it because I wasn't a big fan of the cover, but I do have to say I enjoyed the book. Nicole Byer is a plus size woman who happens to be a comedianne and has the self confidence to wear a bikini no matter what other people tend to feel about that and she has a lot of them. This was a quick, funny and body positive read.

I received a copy of this book via Edelweiss and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

kiersten620's review

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funny hopeful inspiring lighthearted fast-paced

4.0

jkwriting24's review

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funny inspiring lighthearted reflective fast-paced

4.75

kdeculus's review

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challenging funny hopeful inspiring lighthearted reflective fast-paced

5.0

An excellent palate cleanser after reading a very fat phobic book. Nicole is hilarious and I love her more now after reading her book than I did before. 

rgaiovnik's review

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5.0

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ⁣

#VERYFAT #VERYBRAVE was absolutely extraordinary. I already loved Nicole Byer but then she went out and wrote a book about wearing bikinis. There’s only a few chapters of text and the rest is filled with gorgeous pictures and funny quips about all the bad things that can happen in the world because a fat woman chose to expose some skin. My favorite- “A cute picture of me pretending to let a shark eat me, let’s get f***ing real: if I met a shark in the ocean, I would beat it to death first with my t** and then eat it raw while I floated on my back. #veryfat #verybrave” ⁣

After I recommend this to everyone I know, this lady might just get #brave and buy a bikini.

forrestalexander's review

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funny lighthearted

4.0