The Other F Word is a stunning anthology. It is it hopeful, introspective, and intellectual.
Chubby. Curvy. Fluffy. Plus-size. Thick. Fat. The time has come for fat people to tell their own stories. The (Other) F Word combines personal essays, prose, poetry, fashion tips, and art to create a relatable and attractive guide about body image and body positivity. This YA crossover anthology is meant for people of all sizes who desire to be seen and heard in a culture consumed by a narrow definition of beauty. By combining the talents of renowned fat YA and middle-grade authors, as well as fat influencers and creators, The (Other) F Word offers teen readers and activists of all ages a guide for navigating our world with confidence and courage.
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
The Other F Word is one of those anthologies that demands to be gifted. After the first story, I knew I had to buy some copies and give it to some of my closest friends. It has it all. A diverse list of creators that examine intersectionality and fatness. Moments where they talk about the fatphobia. But it’s also a love letter to your body. That’s where this anthology really sets itself apart – is how the essays feel like they’re talking straight to you. Holding your hand, wiping your tears, and lifting you up.
There’s something for everyone. Intellectual discussions of fate characters in the media, like in horror films, the language of transition and fatness, and about writing the representation we need. A lot of anthologies speak to you through an author you love, and while that’s why I started reading, it’s not why I kept reading. Varying perspectives, forms of writing, and stories, The Other F Word is brilliant.