Every Body Shines: Sixteen Stories about Living Fabulously Fat by Jennifer Yen, Catherine Adel West, Rebecca Sky, Monique Gray Smith, Alex Gino, Amanda Lovelace, Cassandra Newbould, Nafiza Azad, Linda Camacho, Hillary Monahan, Chris Baron, Claire Kann, Kelly deVos, Francina Simone, Sheena Boekweg

416 pages first pub 2021 (editions)

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An intersectional, feminist YA anthology from some of today's most exciting voices across a span of genres, all celebrating body diversity and fat acceptance through short stories. Fat girls and boys and nonbinary teens are: friends who lift ea...

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Community Reviews Summary of 73 reviews


emotional 76%
hopeful 70%
funny 58%
inspiring 47%
reflective 47%
adventurous 41%
lighthearted 35%
challenging 23%
sad 23%
mysterious 11%
dark 5%
informative 5%
tense 5%


fast 47%
medium 31%
slow 21%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 58% | Character: 29% | N/A: 11%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 68% | Yes: 31%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 50% | It's complicated: 43% | No: 6%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 89% | It's complicated: 10%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 46% | It's complicated: 33% | No: 13% | N/A: 6%

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