Naomi has continued her good work reading all the shortlisted titles for the Giller Prize. Earlier this week she reviewed Mona Awad’s 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, a book she describes as almost crushing her with hopelessness for all those people who are slaves to dieting and to the gym.
I believe in healthy living, but that is not what it should look like. This book is a plea to change the way we see and represent women; a plea to let women be themselves and to feel good about it.
Naomi says the author has succeeded in putting “us inside the head of a woman with poor body image”:
Elizabeth is so preoccupied with the way she looks that there is no room in her head for anything or anyone else, leading to dire consequences in her daily life and relationships.
And while Naomi has some small issues with the book, she says:
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it because of all the important and insightful things it has to say about body image in our culture and how crippling it can be.
To read Naomi’s review in full, please visit her blog.