May 29, 2015

Fat Girl Walking by Brittany Gibbons aka Brittany Herself Review

Told through a series of larger-than-life snapshots, a hilarious memoir in essays about love, sex, marriage, motherhood, bikinis, and loving your body, no matter what size you are from the acclaimed blogger and body image advocate.

Brittany Gibbons has been a plus size her whole life. But instead of hiding herself in the shadows of thinner women, Brittany became a wildly popular blogger and national spokesmodel--known for stripping on stage at TedX and standing in Times Square in a bikini on national television, and making skinny people everywhere uncomfortable.

Talking honestly about size and body image on her popular blog,, she has ignited a national conversation. Now in her first book, she shares hilarious and painfully true stories about her life as a weird overweight girl growing up in rural Ohio, struggling with dating and relationships, giving the middle finger to dieting, finding love with a man smaller than her, accidentally having three kids, and figuring out the secret to loving her curves and becoming a nationally recognized body image advocate. And there's sex, lots of it!

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.

So I have never purposely sat down and read an autobiography, but found out about Brittany Herself (aka Brittany Gibbons) from another blogger and was instantly a fan. So when I heard about her book Fat Girl Walking, I knew that I must read it straight away.
There is not really that much I can tell you about the story, without giving huge chunks of the story line away, but this is what I can say, it’s basically Brittany's life from. We follow along as she tells us about how her Dad's brain injury affected not only his life, but the whole families. We follow Brittany's college and family life, her up and downs, painful struggles and acceptance of herself.
I cannot get over just how brave and quite honestly amazing women I have found Brittany Gibbons to be. I'm astounded by the way she has overcome obstacles, the same ones I struggle with every day. I love the way that she is totally honest about her flaws and image struggles. But best of all I love the way she stripped down to her underwear at the TED Conference.
So I have to say that I love her style of writing, it’s fun and witty and the names of the chapters had me laughing so hard my hubby though I was having a seizure. The whole book it honestly like Brittany is sitting in front of me, telling me stories from her life.
I have to say that Fat Girl Walking is a MUST READ! And one the defiantly earns 10 out of 10, but be prepared! You are not going to want to put it down.

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