Body Perspective

Body image. Something that we all deal with at some point in our lives and it can be dealt with in varying ways. But what it comes down to is how you look at it, which is explored in Mona Awad’s 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl.

Elizabeth has been conscious of her weight all her life and has seen it as something that defines who she is as a person, just as much as her name does and with each bodily variation of herself, her name alters to fit that new image. Evolving from a heavier adolescent to an overweight young adult to a strictly-regimented, skeletal adult, Elizabeth struggles to find happiness with herself and those around her.

Brutally honest and emotionally raw, the narrative was interesting in how it presents the concept of body image and acceptance. Composing a narrative of vignette story fragments pieced together to provide a more comprehensive view of Elizabeth, Beth, Liz, etc throughout her life and transformations. There were some consistency issues I found throughout the text that drew me out from the story, such as saying that her mother has a particular type of dog but then referring to it as a cat throughout the rest of the novel.

Overall, I’d give it a 3 out of 5 stars.


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