Acknowledging that I’m probably dreadfully late to the party, I’d like to recommend Misadventures of a Curvy Girl by Sierra Simone. I found the heroine, Ireland, to be relatable and realistic in so many ways. She’s a legitimate plus size gal who is working on being body positive, but is really having to struggle with those stupid voices in your head, the ones that tell you you aren’t worthy because of your weight or wonder why anyone would possibly be interested in you. I’ve had these thoughts.
“But I of all people know it doesn’t matter how smart I am, or how talented. When you’re fat, all of those qualities are erased. All that exists to represent you as a three-dimensional and nuanced human is your fatness, and your fatness is translated in a kind of visual shorthand for all sorts of moral failings. Laziness. Gluttony. Uncleanliness. An unholy lack of self-control and self-discipline. The very sight of you is almost like an affront; your existence is almost offensive.”
I know that sounds terribly depressing, but it really isn’t. It’s really a mfm instalove romance that is FILLED with scorching hot sex scenes, and two gorgeous hunks who want nothing more than to make our girl happy.
It wouldn’t be a romance without drama, so of course there’s a vet with PTSD, a natural disaster that destroys a town, and then someone does something stupid and reads an online comment section. Mass chaos and calamity ensues.
Over the course of the book, Ireland works through her baggage and comes to realize that being body positive doesn’t mean your never heard on yourself. It means your living life to the fullest and doing what makes you happy, regardless of size.
That’s easier said than done, but definitely with the effort.