I’ve been asked to take part in this exciting campaign for Brittany Gibbons’ new memoir, Fat Girl Walking. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, as well as the opportunity to offer a giveaway of one copy of the book. Read on for more information!
“Fat Girl Walking isn’t a diet book. It isn’t one of those former fat people memoirs about how someone battled, and won, in the fight against fat. Brittany doesn’t lose all the weight and reveal the happy, skinny girl that’s been hiding inside her. Instead, she reminds us that being chubby doesn’t mean you’ll end up alone, unhappy, or the subject of a cable medical show. What’s important is learning to love your shape. With her infectious humor and soul-baring honesty, Fat Girl Walking reveals a life full of the same heartbreak, joy, oddity, awkwardness, and wonder as anyone else’s. Just with better snacks.”
I am so impressed with this memoir! At first I didn’t think I would be able to connect with Brittany (the author) that much, but her incredible message is so universally important that I couldn’t help but relate to it. This book is about accepting, embracing, and loving your body the way it is as much as it’s about her own life. It hits a perfect balance between telling a life story and giving valuable advice without soundly like a preachy lecture. This memoir isn’t only for people struggling with weight or body issues- personally, I think that everyone woman could benefit from reading this book!
I absolutely adore the way this book is written. Brittany’s writing style is bursting with personality, and it feels as though she is having a conversation with you. It’s hilarious, honest, and authentic while still being professional, a balance which is often challenging to achieve. She seems to leave very few personal details out, building a high level of trust with the reader from the very beginning. I admire and respect her for sharing as much as she does, especially in today’s world where more and more people strive to display a false appearance of perfection. She could have easily just glossed over the more unpleasant parts of her life and gone straight to giving advice, but instead she took the difficult and uncertain route. I think it’s safe to say that the risk definitely paid off!
My favorite parts of this memoir are when she discusses her childhood and growing up. Since I’m a teenager, these were the parts that I could connect with the most because I have lived through my own version of them. I had no idea how unpleasant and traumatic her childhood was, and it was so eye-opening and inspiring to read about her journey from a troubled teen to successful wife, mother, and businesswoman. As well as facing the everyday struggle of being a plus-size woman in a world geared towards the thin, Brittany had to deal with periods of depression and the difficulties of growing up with limited familial support. I’m amazed at the progress Brittany has made throughout her life, and I think it’s an important lesson to us all that it doesn’t matter where we come from- it’s where we are determined to go that counts.
Overall, I had a fantastic time reading Fat Girl Walking. It’s incredibly inspiring and it delivers really important messages about body image, mental health, relationships, and life in general. I truly think that nearly every woman could relate to this memoir in some way, making this a definite must-read!
My Rating: :0) :0) :0) :0) 4 out of 5 smileys
Would I recommend it to a friend?: Yes!
And guess what??? It’s giveaway time! 5 copies of this book are being given away, so be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway by clicking the link below!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this book review and giveaway combo! It’s different from what I’ve done in the past, but I had a ton of fun putting it together. Let me know what you think in the comments section below!