Review: #VERYFAT #VERYBRAVE by Nicole Byer

#VERYFAT #VERYBRAVE:  The Fat Girl’s Guide to Being #Brave and Not a Dejected , Melancholy, Down-in-the-Dumps Weeping Fat Girl in a  Bikini is a brand new humorous memoir from Nicole Byer.  I have been a fan of Nicole since seeing her on Nailed It! And listening to numerous podcast appearances.  She is a great writer and comedian, I was so excited when I was approved for this book! 

More than anything, this title made me laugh and inspired me to have more confidence, not only when wearing a bathing suit, but in my everyday life.  The focus of this book is gaining confidence, facing your fears, and wearing that bikini.  As a fat girl myself, I have struggled with body confidence and body positivity for so long.  Nicole is already a great comedy writer and this book made me love her even more.  From the instructions on how to buy a bikini to the foods to eat while wearing a bikini to advice on being #brave to strip club visits to reactions when someone decides to comment on your body.  This book is amazing and inspiring!

Here’s a line I particularly loved:

But maybe I wouldn’t have to be #brave if we stopped defining people’s bodies as anything other than just bodies.

This is the message, body positivity can be achieved without comparing your body to someone else’s.  It’s your body and shouldn’t be defined as something other than just a body.  It’s your right to live in the body you have. 

Also, Nicole repeatedly refers to herself as a “li’l water baby” and I couldn’t not stop laughing.  Every time it popped up, I cackled and repeated the words out loud.  It’s just fantastic.

Final Thoughts:  As Nicole repeatedly points out, a bikini body is just a body with a bikini on it.  The pictures are marvelous and sprinkled throughout the book, until the end when there is a barrage of gorgeous pictures of Nicole’s bikini’s.  When I  grow up, I want to have her attitude and her confidence.  Indeed, I think this book has given me the tools to get there.  It’s funny, it’s well written, and my gosh was it a joy to read.  It was truly a li’l treat for me!

#VERYFAT #VERYBRAVE is out today! Grab a copy from one of the fine retailer’s below and follow Nicole Byer on social media for more funny stuff!


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