For decades, teen girls have devoured books like "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" in which angsty heroines navigate periods and puberty
. While body-image issues were occasionally covered (often in the form of "Why don't I have breasts?" or "When did my breasts get so big?"), few books for teens truly explored puberty from a plus-size perspective. Until recently, that is.
Since the beginning of last year, publishers have released at least two dozen novels targeted at plus-size teens
One of the books, "Food, Girls and Other Things I Can't Have
," actually centers on an overweight male character who joins the football team. Another, "All About Vee
," tells the story of a 217-pound aspiring actress who moves to Hollywood and ends up with the hunk without losing weight or losing sight of herself.Read on to find out why some people have a problem with the genre
(For the record, though, the girl on the cover of "All About Vee" looks like she had most of her 217 pounds Photoshopped out. Just sayin'.) Heroines Happy the Way They Are
Unlike many chick flicks
, where the lovable, but ungainly heroine is transformed into a hottie in a prom gown, most of these books with big-boned narrators
don't end with a dramatic makeover or significant weight loss.
One of the big objections to these books and the fat-acceptance movement
is that it supposedly encourages people to follow an unhealthy lifestyle, rather than losing the extra pounds. Some doctors worry that "big is beautiful" mantras undermine the need to maintain a healthy weight (the debate has even reached the White House
). Happy Ending
Sure, some might voice similar concerns about "big is beautiful" books. But frankly, anyone who's survived middle and high school knows that it ain't pretty. And anything (within reason) that helps teens cope with the roller coaster of emotions is a good thing in our book.
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