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The Not So Subtle Art of Being a Fat Girl - Tess Holliday

The Not So Subtle Art of Being a Fat Girl


Published: 24th August 2017
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Plus-size supermodel Tess Holliday’s passionate plea for modern women, whoever and wherever they are, to be comfortable in their own skin

Mum. Feminist. Size 26. Supermodel. Loud. Proud. Body activist. Beautiful. Business woman. Homemaker. Cat owner. Funny. Outspoken. Wife. Daughter. Lover. Fighter. Survivor.

Tess Holliday is many things and perfect is not one of them. But she loves her imperfections, after all they’ve formed the woman she is today… Tess’s number one rule in life is to love yourself – no matter who you are, what your faults may be, where you come from, or what dress size you wear! It’s this discovery that has helped her through everything from being absued and bullied about her weight, to raising a kid alone and fending off social media trolls.

Now, here in this amusingly candid account, the woman at the forefront of the body positive movement who has been credited with transforming the fashion industry, explains why you should be happy to make mistakes but learn from them, love your imperfections and be comfortable in your own skin – no matter how much you have!


Uninspiring, amateur, choppy, waste of money


I would describe it concisely as amateur and choppy. I am no literary expert, but even so, I found little to enjoy in The Subtle Art. It is quite clear that for either the author or ghost writer this book was an amateur work. The overall format of the book is very choppy because she switches between biography and self-help and throws in cliché tips (of which some are terrible advice and should not be followed by anyone – stay in school please, and also, do not eat your feelings. If you're able, please get therapy for trauma and eating disorders. You're not alone and there are people who can help you) and jokes. It did not make for smooth or enjoyable reading. The writing is equally inconsistent. There are a few genuine moments of captivating storytelling, but between those moments are strange stretches of prose that have more blah than content. It reminds me of a college essay where the writer has nothing to say but has to meet a minimum word requirement. There was one page about getting her hair colored that was probably the worst writing I've ever laid eyes on. There was another bit about tornado sirens that I can't believe wasn't thrown on the editing floor. She doesn't quote much, but when she does, they are missed opportunities to add flavor and interest. The quotes are very bland. As for the content, it tries very hard to be inspirational, but falls flat. It feels as if the author picked out every bad thing and bad person in her life and made a chapter about it. Stringing together a list of life's sorrows does not an inspirational story make. As sad and traumatic as many of the events are, they alone don't equate to inspiring writing. I was expecting the author to overcome adversity with hard work and perseverance, beating the odds with tenacious effort and cleverness, but there was none of that. The content pattern was trauma, luck, trauma, luck with no clear layout of what efforts were put in to get the author where she is today besides relying on others f



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ISBN: 9781760407544
ISBN-10: 1760407542
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Published: 24th August 2017
Publisher: Bonnier Publishing Australia
Country of Publication: AU