[EPUB] (Fat Girl on a Plane)
Kelly deVos ï 6 summaryKelly DeVos Fat Girl on a Plane is an important look into society s perception of body image In it we meet Cookie a fat teen fashion designer with a passion 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 eader 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 What Do Grown-ups Do All Day? reality living in New York and designing a plus size fashion line Cookie starts to wonder if this iseally what she wants Add into the mix a omance with Gareth a horrible nemesis who I loved to loathe in Kennes parents that clearly have no interest in parenting and a spunky loving grandma and this book is sure to be a well loved story Body image issues family omance friendship and fashion Herrin der Schmuggler round out this book to make it a greatead for anyone who has ever felt they want to Hope and Glory reach their dreams but are uncertain of their potential Thanks to TLC Book Tours and Harleuin Teen for this freeeview copyCookie s story was such a aw and honest one depicting a journey that so so so many young women experience every day What eally 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 Hysterie 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 exerciseegimen Der Flügel des Engels : Autobiogr., Selbstzeugnisse, Briefe an Jack Kerouac reuired to maintain weight lossand YES I promise she learns to EAT again This journey combined with some FABULOUS plus size fashion design make this an intenselyeadable story I could go on and on and ON about how complex this issue is but it s an intensely personal one for everyone and deVos shares a uniue view into one teen s fictional journey The author s note is a must ead I m eally behind on putting eviews 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 eview 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 positive Love and Its Place in Nature: A Philosophical Interpretation of Freudian Psychoanalysis review If that bothers you move on now I am also putting a major trigger warning if you have any kind of sensitivity about fatmisia or dieting because thiseview 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 post if you would like to see some of the 20 citations I have in this Special Agent Francesca reviewAlso thiseview 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 isk of mortality in fat people 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 parents 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 blameThis is talking about airline seats specifically and goes on to blame terrorism This is wrong and has #BEEN FOR PROBABLY THE LAST DECADE #for probably the last decade fact many airlines specifically euire it Now bear in mind that the person whose blog I m linking to #In Two Of Those Links Is At Least Sixty Pounds #two of those links is at least sixty pounds than Cookie I don t know their exact weight but it s over 400 pounds it s kind of in the blog name and Cookie is specifically stated as being 330 to 337 pounds 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 past and present The past is denoted by FAT number days until NutriNation at first and later FAT Day number on NutriNation and the present is denoted by SKINNY Day number of NutriNation with the past slowly catching up to the present but still leaving about a year s gap between them First of all the fact that both the past and the present are told in first person present 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 Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie 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 theomances 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 Mein wildes Geheimnis 03 relationship in He hates fat people 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 supposed 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 personNow ignoring all that he s in at least his mid thirties and she s nineteen He literally says I suck atomance and you e 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 pay her tuition and acts like it s a given he will because they e sleeping together His company hired her so he s her boss and could also uin her future career That s totally not an imbalance of power that makes the consent situation sticky at all is it He calls himself Uncle Gary jokingly when she s upset at one point 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 perfectly fine with people bullying her about her weight and thinks that she should just get over it and not take it so seriously At one point he says stuff about how people have tried diets and they don t work and some people are happy the way they are and then almost immediately goes My mom s doing NutriNation You could try that Like wow Sure you e great but try this diet that will surely workWhen they talk about his feelings it s eally gross He goes on about howhe did everything and mentions taking her to school dances spent hours with her grandmothers was ther. FatHigh school senior Cookie Vonn’s post 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 pitch her portfolio and appeal for a scholarship but her plans are put on st. .
E 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 big boy words to say he likes her It s so entitled and gross and it eflects a lot of the misogyny in the bookThere is a heavy A London Home in the 1890s 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 point 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 andejected him will be on a barstool next to me begging for my phone number in five years and Cookie basically agrees with him It s eally not coolThere are no ueer people in this A book focused on the fashion industry has no ueer 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 those places 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 people 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 an into an important person 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 pretty much loses her friendship with Tommy because she wouldn t put 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 Biopower: Foucault and Beyond related comments around her seriously no one is just talking about their taxes in public Every single bad thing that could happen to a fat person 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 heromantically 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 Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds readHere s a list of things that the book says fat people can t do have people beomantically interested in them be asked to school dances by said Is That Even a Country, Sir! romantically interested people get married hike up a hill walk a mileun five miles exercise for うそつきリリィ 3 [Usotsuki Lily 3] reasons that aren t based inevenge wear miniskirts wear clothing that isn t flattering wear clothing that doesn t pull off something of a magic act and make them look thin and this one The Prince really makes me angryThis book implies that fat 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 a player in this game where people are trying to get sex or approval or whatever from each otherI m going to point out this creepy dude is her stepfather Might be a shocker Cookie but fat people aren t immune from abuse I d also point out that fat people have plenty of consensual sex but wow the implication there that fat people can t be harassed iseally freaking grossThe diet program that magically works when nothing else including the nine thousand USD for the length Christmas Fat Camp She fat camp that she 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 participants lost around about 10 pounds 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 A Bold Carnivore: An Alphabet of Predators re in agreement that Weight Watchers doesn t work yes This is also part of theeason 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 eleasing special lightbulbs because having sex as a fat person is just something you shouldn t do with the lights on and offering their program to teens for free because why not get the children on the diet culture wagon as early as possibleMind 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 tooThe fact 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 people thin permanently Fifty years of weight loss esearch says this The book however argues that people who drop weight faster than two pounds a week don t usually keep it off and sometimes people with thyroid conditions might plateau 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 Lifting really makes me angry I also think iteally enforces a ton of stereotypes about fat people like that they eat than thin people because god forbid someone #with a larger body need to eat that #a larger body NEED to eat that e only fat because they overeat that every fat person emotionally eats which is not handled with any kind of depth it s just handled through determination and notWeight Watchers that no fat person is physically fit that fat people binge that fat people 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 e 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 attack 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 ead a character who had always been thin with this you would be saying wow that s disordered eating At one point 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 uns five miles every morning but doesn t eat breakfast She talks about food like peanut butter cups only in terms of how long it ll take to A Life In School: What The Teacher Learned run them off on the treadmill Hey newsflash people aren t Bunsen burners you can t just say how long someone s body uses energy for She hasn t eaten Doritos in two year. Andby when she’s declared too fat to fly Forced to turn to her BFF for cash Cookie buys a second seat on the plane She arrives in the city to find that she’s beeneplaced by the boss’s daughter a girl who’s everything she’s not ultrathin and superrich Bowing to society’s pressure she vows to lose weight get out of the friend zone with her crush and put her life on track Skinny Cookie expected sunshine and ainbows but nothing about her new life. S and is proud of this because it means she s being good food morality at play She talks about not wasting calories on alcohol multiple timesShe uses the phrase and I uote There s a hunger stronger than the desire for food The desire for The House That Had Enough revenge This isidiculously close to the pro anorexia uote Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels Because her The Devil's Snake Curve: A Fan's Notes From Left Field revenge is losing weightShe won t eat 15 almonds instead of 12 because that s three points 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 springolls 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 point one of her weight loss companions gives her the advice of stick with the spring olls 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 patterns 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 eally triggeringLet s talk her blog and fashionI detest the idea of a plus size fashion blog being Pimpinella Meerprinzessin 1: Ankunft im Muschelschloss (German Edition) run by a thin person I would personally unfollow a plus size fashion blogun by a person who was dieting because I do not support diet culture but a plus size fashion blog Das kurze Leben der Sophie Scholl run by someone who s a size six You are speaking over fat people instead of boosting their voices Cookie is practically a Thin Savior of fat people nobly battling for theiright to flattering clothing It feels incredibly hypocritical And if that plus size fashion blog was sponsdered by a diet water company WOW would I bail That is predatoryThat also Défendre Jacob represents something that annoyed me about the book It acted like Cookie was the only fat person to ever want to make fat size clothing I m not big fans of either of them but youe not gonna mention Tess Holliday or Ashley Graham You don t mention Beth Ditto You Darfur's Sorrow: A History of Destruction and Genocide 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 plus size clothes that weren temotely flattering but were gorgeous and amazing Or if you don t want to talk about actual fat people how about Christian Sirano who won Season Four in 2008 and makes amazing plus sized clothing That last link is a youtube videoIt seems incredibly disrespectful to write a book about plus size fashion and ignore all the people 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 Black Gold in North Dakota respect for the amazing people who paved the way for her successesSummary Let s wrap this thing up because I ve probably lost you all by now with myantingNow 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 page But there are three hundred other pages that do the exact opposite This is not the fat epresentation that I want This is not body 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 einforce 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 Nestle Toll House Recipe Collection regularly because I would proving the bookight And I like yoga I think it could trigger an eating disorder episode in 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 elationship with food this could be incredibly harmfulI do not ecommend this book and next time I m going to trust my instincts because when I first ead the summary of this I knew it was going to be like this and I wasn t going to ead it But people I thought I could trust said read it But people I thought I could trust said was good so I decided to give it a shot #I REGRET THAT HALF A STAR #regret that Half a star 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 Officer, Surgeon…Gentleman! review is too long for the character limit with them There are a fair few though if you pop over to my blog I fell in love with this book from the prologue 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 Whicheally 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 points in her life because of her weight Tommy I fell in love with from the very first time he appeared on page and alternated between wanting to slap at times and hug for being so Barefoot through Mauretania 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 screeneader It starts with a 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 300 pounds 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 publicly humiliated by the process she is Dude, You're a Fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in High School rewarded by beingeplaced 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 Eldest 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 portions of this story are about Cookie dealing with her neglectful and deeply flawed deeply selfish parents Ieally liked Cookie as a character The character I don t like is Cookie s grandmother Her grandmother is supposed to be the voice of eason to balance out Cookie s brash personality 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 ight grandma is wrong I don t think the author is sending a good message in these espectsOverall 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 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 of people interested in putting women down than dressing them up Her designs make waves but her eal dream of creating great clothes for people of all sizes seems to grow distant by the day Will she ealize that she’s always had the power to make her own dreams come tr. ,