Memoirs chronicle a person’s truth and never more so than in this detailed book about what it is like to be plus-size in the United States. Vulnerable, honest, and wholehearted Mekdela has written a very realistic look at the way our society shames the overweight. Every bit of the book is absolute truth. I applaud the eloquence and research done to produce this book.
The truly sad thing about the book is that as spot-on as it is, the writer is not really very overweight. At a size 14, the truth of the matter is that she is pretty average for women in the US. In the US the average dress size is now 16. What a horrible statement that this country is so consumed by the idea of being thin that it shames the average size woman. Mekdela covers every aspect of being plus-sized, including, race, economic status, immigrant, etc. If you have ever struggled with body image or held any shame over your physical being this book will bring you validation and a true sense of community. My wish would be for people who have never experienced issues of domination and oppression to read this book and grow their hearts.