Summary: To Be Honest
Savannah aka Savvy is a fat teen with a mom who, post-divorce has just completed a weight-loss centered reality TV show. While Sav is a smart, confident girl, her mom constantly needles her about her weight, under the guise of concern for her health. Sav has also just met her best friend’s cousin, George, and the two soon begin a friendship that leads to romance.
I loved so many things about this book, but what I loved best of all is the focus on the negative impact of diet culture. Savannah’s mother is a prime example of what can happen when people focus too much on losing weight, or view weight loss as the most important form of self-improvement. Although sometimes insecure about her body (who isn’t?), Savannah’s confidence and acceptance will be helpful to other teens and adults.
Also, Sav’s friendship with Grace is the kind of female friendship that needs to be modeled more in young adult literature. In To Be Honest, Savannah and her sister, Ashley also have an admirable relationship–loving and showing up for each other in good and rough times. Of course, I cannot ignore the adorable love story between George and Savvy. I loved watching them become friends, support each other, and start a romance.
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Overall: To Be Honest
To Be Honest is a powerful fat-positive story featuring a strong sisterhood bond, solid female friendships, and a sweet romance. If you’re looking for a young-adult novel featuring an anti-diet-culture message and/or a teen navigating their parents’ divorce, To Be Honest may just be the pick for you. The audiobook is also excellent–would recommend.
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Have you read this book or anything by Maggie Ann Martin? What did you think? What are your favorite fat-positive books? I’d love to know!
I have been eyeing this book and somehow missed all posts about it, but definitely back on my radar, thanks to you!
Afoma Umesi says
Ooh I hope you get your hands on it—I loved it! Thanks for reading, Lara 🙂