Soft on Soft: #FatGirlsInLove Kindle Edition
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Honestly, the fat girls in love book we need and deserve! Both MCs are fat queer girls of colour! (middle eastern pansexual MC + a fat black demisexual LI to be exact!) From the moment Em started talking about this book I was intrigued and so glad to finally start it.
This book delivers on all the squishy, adorable moments that make your heart soar. I’m not even exaggerating here. Little moments like when June’s doing Selena’s makeup or when June came to Selena’s get together and they have some alone time before Selena’s friends arrive and when they went out on that date!
This book is so full of feel good moments, and it’s low on angst. So fluffyyyy. It’s really two fat girls getting to know each other, navigating their respective crushes on each other, dating and seeing them fall for each other ^_^ There are a lot of quiet moments between the two and it really added to the sweetness of the book.
And their text exchanges are adorable. Every single one of them made me smile.
At no time was any aspect of the plot about losing weight. Selena does mention how nice it was to be able to borrow June’s clothes. This line really stuck with me:
“No, no. I’m just—it’s nice. To be able to borrow someone’s clothes without worrying about the fit.” She thumbed the t-shirt almost lovingly.
And June does showcase a bit of self-consciousness but their weight is never portrayed in a negative way and really as we get June’s POV for all the chapters, except Prologue and Epilogue which belong to Selena, seeing Selena through June’s eyes was just lovely.
We also do get to see June dealing with her anxiety. Aspects of which were so relatable to me. Let me tell you meeting anyone’s friends and going to a party where you only know one person can be really nerve wrecking but I loved how Selena’s friends just embraced June. Also when they agree to be girlfriends and Selena asks if she can go public about it. June admits it’s something she’s anxious about and Selena didn’t press the issue.
The love and care that went into writing this entire book is so very clear to me.
Also, June and Selena don’t exist in a vacuum. We get secondary characters who are queer and people of colour too! June's bestie, Shelby uses they/them pronouns and I want them to get a book! :) Also June's mom is bi! More queer parents in books please!
And the cats! June’s cats, Lemon and Mint get some page time too and I loved how they felt like characters in their own right.
And Annnnnd the Epilogue was so perfect and sweet. Having it be in Selena's POV was awesome and omg the final closing sentence. *squeals*
Also, keep going after The End cuz there's a bonus scene with June and Selena :)
If you want a fluffy, feel good romance book with two fat girls of colour then heyyyyyyy this is just for you
The title and blurb promise more fluff than one person can possibly handle, and woo boy, does Em Ali deliver! June and Selena are so sweet together–first in their mutual pining and friendship, and then as they progress to friends and romantic partners. They’re so gentle with each other and understanding about the other’s needs. I particularly enjoyed the way Selena was so understanding of June’s anxiety and tried very hard to be calm and comforting, doing whatever she can to ease said anxiety.
Another thing that I loved about their relationship was the slow pace that they decided to take! There’s no right speed to move at when you’re in a romantic and/or sexual relationship–just what’s most comfortable for those involved–and I really liked that both June and Selena were content to move slowly. They hold hands, touch and kiss each other, but it’s not a stepping stone to s*x.
Also, I loved how Ali incorporated a few different mediums in the text! There’s the general narration and dialogue, but they also include FaceTime, instagram messages, and text messages between Selena and June, as well as a few times with June’s friend Shelby. I love books set in the contemporary age that utilize different communication mediums between their characters! It’s such a great way to show how modern technology plays a role in their lives and relationships.
In this book, too, the prologue and epilogue are from Selena’s point of view, while the twelve chapters in between are all from June’s. Generally, I like to get the points of view of all involved in the pairing when I’m reading, but I think that this setup really worked well for the story being told! It was fun to get some insight into Selena at the beginning and end, and then read through June for the rest.
There’s not very much in the way of conflict throughout the book, except for some anxiety on June’s part about them being a couple publicly, but Selena is so understanding and it’s all wrapped up very nicely without there being an angst or a breakup of some kind. And by the end, they’re both even happier, even if June does occasionally still experience some anxiety about being so much in the public.
All in all, this book was very soothing and lovely to read, and I definitely recommend!
I loved all the positive and lovely descriptions of Selena and June’s fat bodies, especially their confidence. June has anxiety and has a panic attack on-page but for the most part this is a very soft, domestic read.