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About the Author
- File size : 6716 KB
- Publication date : June 4, 2019
- Print length : 348 pages
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Publisher : Swoon Reads (June 4, 2019)
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1250192676
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- ASIN : B07FM1FBGZ
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #660,658 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I really thought there was a lot of great details about how being overweight doesn't always mean someone isn't healthy. I had a doctor recently who actually gave me similar facts, about how some people are more genetically likely to get diabetes, but could be skinny, it just has to do with how the body deals with certain substances. I also didn't realize you could refuse to have your weight taken at the doctor's office! And then I liked Kara's one line about how she was fiscally conservative without the Republican agenda. While I don't completely agree with the "agenda" part, I know that really describes me, or is how I describe myself a lot of times with my own personal political leanings.
Her family was just really real too. I like how things ended with her grandma. Well, like might not be the right word, but I felt it was so realistic, and a perfect way to show that sometimes it is okay for that to be what happens, that you have to stand up for yourself. Winnie's self-confidence was great, something we see with a lot of characters these days, but I like that she knew how much it actually covered and how it actually worked for herself. A lot of her self reflection really caught me as exact thoughts and feelings I've had myself.
A great book, I can't wait to put it in my library, as well as recommend it to my students to read.
Winnie is (mostly) happy with her weight and stuck up for herself in this regard a lot. There was a lot of talk about fat not meaning someone wasn't fit, how hypocritical it was to try to get her on a diet when skinny people around her ate worse than her, how she dreaded going to the doctor, etc. There was also a lot of talk about how beautiful/cute she was, and, thanks to a costumer she was friendly with, she got to wear a lot of stunning outfits. I also liked that she liked to show off her legs.
Winnie is black, and racism isn't a main theme, though it did show up. I think books where racism is a main theme are important (and I'm currently reading On The Come Up as well), but it's nice to have variety when it comes to black (or brown or white or anyone else) main characters.
Winnie is queer. Now, somehow someone got their signals mixed up, and I was given the impression that I was going to be reading about an ace main character. Claire Kann's other book features one, but Winnie is not ace. She labels herself as queer, and I wouldn't want to ignore someone's label of themselves, but I personally found it difficult to know what to expect from her when reading reviews. So for people who are reading reviews wondering just what kind of queer she is, she's interested in both boys and girls sexually, and she starts the book in a queer platonic relationship with a girl and wants a polyamorous relationship with her and a guy by the end.
The pop culture references are on-point. Some are kept to descriptions, but there are surprisingly a lot of quotes. I think this may be my favorite use of pop culture references in a book, including all those sci-fi fandom ones (these included non-sci-fi, such as Legally Blond).
I like that she ends the book accepting that a relationship she has with someone is toxic and not trying to fix it anymore. It's unusual for YA (especially if it's not a romantic relationship a character's giving up to be in a different romantic relationship), and I thought it was a nice reality check for readers who are used to main characters figuring out the right thing to do or say to fix a problem relationship.
Winnie had a hard time sticking in a lane. While she was mostly fat-positive, she had these moments, mostly towards the beginning, where she'd be wishing she looked like other people, such as her skinny relatives. It made me worry that she was going to end up like Dumplin', a book hailed as being fat-positive where the MC puts down someone fatter than her and constantly doubting she could be loved because of her weight. Luckily, Winnie was mostly not like that (except when she doubts that Dallas could like her), but the appearance of it in the beginning made it hard to shift back to fat-positive, even if it was realistic for her to both stick up for her weight and wish she was naturally skinny.
Likewise, we were repeatedly told that Winnie's main mode is to make others happy and be a sweetheart, but she is angry and lashing out constantly through the book, and it's hard to believe that that's true. The book starts with her counting so that she doesn't get pissed at her cousin, and she's constantly doing that. Her parents would say, "This isn't the you we know," but it's the Winnie we know. She spends a lot of the book being mad or trying not to be mad, and for a while it feels like every conversation ends with her arguing with people. We see elements of the "if it makes you happy" persona, but the dichotomy seems incongruous.
There's kinda no plot, and certainly not the plot that's on the tin (ETA: I see that Amazon's description is much better than Goodreads, actually. The plot above can be trusted to at least show up in the book). The book's (Goodreads) description makes it sound like Winnie is entering a contest to save the diner, and the beginning also makes it seem like that's what the book will be about...and it's really not. The contest, which Winnie does not enter, is like 5 seconds of the book, and is mostly a thing that occasionally gets brought up to argue about, so infrequently that I'd usually have to remind myself what they were talking about when it was brought up. More important is that she ends up being the Misty Haven Queen, thus sparking the rivalry between Kara and Dallas. The book is really about Winnie's relationships with people, mostly focusing on Kara vs. Dallas, but also her relationship with Granny. Dallas is definitely not "the boy she loves to hate," so that's a description fail too. Anyway, "will the romance(s) work out?" isn't enough of a plot for me, especially when I've been promised a contest, so that was disappointing.
Winnie's parents tell her that Granny is so "my way or the highway" because of how hard her life was, but this is never elaborated on, and I wish we either got a little more into it or that it wasn't given an excuse at all.
I felt that Winnie being gluten-intolerant (which never plays into the plot at all, except, maybe, to prove both her love interests are being attentive to it) was just one square too far on the diversity bingo card Winnie was playing. Yes, I'm queer, and fat, and black, *and* I have a medical condition too...but it's just something to bring up, doesn't affect my life in the least.
I had a hard time seeing Winston as Winnie's younger brother. He acted older a lot.
It annoys me that it's never revealed who entered Winnie to become queen.
Overall, I spent a lot of time wondering where the plot was and wishing Winnie wasn't so full of contradictions, despite all the positives this book brings with it.
Recommended for fans of: YA contemporaries; fat queer black girls; polyamorous relationships; queer platonic relationships; really great love interests; toxic relationships that are given up; inconsistent main characters; plotless books; brilliant costumes for plus-size women; attack geese.