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Why Body Positivity in the Young Adult Genre is So Vital

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Representation and body positivity matters, and author Maggie Ann Martin is definitely on the same page. Martin is the author of To Be Honest (Swoon Reads), a young adult novel out this month about body image, family dynamics, and diet culture. Here, Martin shares with our partner Bookish why she felt this book was an important one to write, and why representation matters so much–particularly in YA. Growing up, I did not see myself in YA book characters. Or, when I did, they were the quirky, funny supporting character that cheered on the main character from the sidelines. Many of the storylines that had been told from a fat main character point of view focused solely on their quest to become thin and “desirable.” As a young…

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Women Rock! 6 Fictional Heroines Who Look Like Real Women

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It’s Women’s History Month and we are looking forward to all the events and books that celebrate the impact that women have on the world. In addition to bringing you the latest pop culture news and reviews where women are the focus, this month, we are also going to share with you some of the best BookTrib articles of the past that celebrate women and diversity.  Today, we feature this piece from June 17th, 2015 about fictional heroines that actually look like real women.    Fictional Heroines Who Look Like Real Women There is often an assumption while reading that the main characters are going to be thin. Unless otherwise stated, the reader is expected to picture a woman with slim…

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Mighty Girls: 3 Young Adult Heroines to Cheer For

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Ask any teen girl—being an adolescent blows. Your body is changing, your world is changing, your friends are changing and adult independence is banging on your door. It’s hard enough when you fit in with the people around you, but coming of age with unique challenges is really tough. This week Katie Orphan, manager of Los Angeles’ The Last Bookstore, recommends three terrific Young Adult novels about mighty girls who conquer the world on their own terms. The Last Bookstore began in a small loft and has swelled to their current 20,000 sq. ft. space and yes, the name is an intentional message; independent bookstores continue to struggle against big chains and e-books. But The Last Bookstore is flourishing with…

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Novel Concept Episode 3: Julie Murphy

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On this third episode of Novel Concept, host Rachel Carter chats with Julie Murphy, the young adult author of Side Effects May Vary, and Dumplin’, (Balzer + Bray; September 15, 2015). The topic this week is plus-size heroines: Rachel and Julie discuss what it’s like to see themselves in the books they read and how Dumplin’ is giving readers everywhere a plus-size heroine they can root for.

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Inspiring fictional heroines who look like real women

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There is often an assumption while reading that the main characters are going to be thin. Unless otherwise stated, the reader is expected to picture a woman with slim legs, a man with a muscular frame. There might even be a chance that the female character will be “curvy”—which usually boils down to a large chest attached to a small waist. But when you don’t grow up as a size 2, you’re left to wonder why you can’t find any characters who reflect what you see in the mirror. Not everyone is naturally thin, just like not everyone is Caucasian or of Western European descent. So when we talk about needing diverse books, we’re not just talking about representing other…

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