Body Image

Books About Body Image

Accidental Love  by Gary Soto, Y Fiction Soto
After unexpectedly falling in love with a "nerdy" boy, fourteen-year-old Marisa works to change her life by transferring to another school, altering some of her behavior, and losing weight.

Beastly  by Alex Flinn, Y Fiction Flinn
I am a beast. A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster. You think I'm talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It's no deformity, no disease. And I'll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell. Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I'll tell you. I'll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I'll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.

Big Fat Manifesto by Susan Vaught, Y Fiction Vaught
Overweight, self-assured, high school senior Jamie Carcaterra writes in the school newspaper about her own attitude to being fat, her boyfriend's bariatric surgery, and her struggles to be taken seriously in a very thin world.

Born Too Short : the Confessions of an Eighth-Grade Basket Case by Dan Elish, Y Fiction Elish
Thirteen-year-old Matt is so envious of his best friend Keith that he wishes things would go badly for him, and when Keith's fortune changes while at the same time Matt finds his first true girlfriend, Matt is overcome with guilt.

Dancing in Red Shoes Will Kill You  by Dorian Cirrone, Y Fiction Cirrone
When red pointe ballet shoes with threatening messages mysteriously pop up, teenage ballerina Kayla wonders if she's in danger. At the same time, she's trying to figure out how to make her un-ballerina-like proportions fit her dream of becoming a professional dancer.

Does My Head Look Big in This?  by Randa Abdel-Fattah, Y Fiction Abdel-Fattah
Year Eleven at an exclusive prep school in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, would be tough enough, but it is further complicated for Amal when she decides to wear the hijab, the Muslim head scarf, full-time as a badge of her faith--without losing her identity or sense of style.

Does This Book Make Me Look Fat? edited by Marissa Walsh, Y Fiction Walsh
14 of today's most popular and critically acclaimed YA authors weigh in on the topic of body image.How often do you find yourself looking in the mirror? And smiling at what your see? More likely, you're thinking what you see is: Fat, Ugly, Skinny, Round, Stacked or Flat, Bad or Good. From reality television to tabloid headlines, we're all surrounded by weight and discussions of weight. In this collection, a stellar lineup of YA writers sound off on body image, self-esteem, diets, eating disorders, boys, fashion magazines, and why trying on jeans is a bad experience for everyone. There are eight powerful short stories and six moving personal essays from authors whose works include two New York Times bestsellers, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and a Printz Honor, an appendix offers book, movie, and music recommendations. (And in case you're still wondering, No, this book does not make you look fat.)

Dough Boy by Peter Marino, Y Fiction Marino
Overweight 15-year-old Tristan, who lives happily with his divorced mother and her boyfriend Frank, suddenly finds that he must deal with intensified criticism about his weight and other aspects of his life, after Frank's popular but troubled, nutrition-obsessed daughter moves in.

The Earth My Butt and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler, Y Fiction Mackler
Feeling like she does not fit in with the other members of her family, who are all thin, brilliant, and good-looking, fifteen-year-old Virginia tries to deal with her self-image, her first physical relationship, and her disillusionment with some of the people closest to her.

Extreme Elvin by Chris Lynch, Y Fiction Lynch
Sequel: Slot Machine 
As he enters high school, fourteen-year-old Elvin continues to deal with his weight problem as he tries to find his place among his peers.

Face by Benjamin Zephaniah, Y Fiction Zephaniah
A teenage boy's face is disfigured in an automobile accident, and he must learn to deal with the changes in his life.

Flavor of the Week  by Tucker Shaw, Y Fiction Shaw
Cyril, an overweight boy who is good friends with Rose but wishes he could be more, helps his best friend Nick woo her with culinary masterpieces which Cyril himself secretly creates. Includes recipes from the story.

Gem X  by Nancy Singer, Y Fiction Singer
Sixteen-year-old Maxo Strang, the most perfect human ever made, suddenly discovers a "crack" in his face, which leads him to expose his community's dark underworld of secret scientific research and the city's corrupt supreme leader.

Girls, Under Pressure  by Jacqueline Wilson, Y Fiction Wilson
Ellie thinks she looks awful. Horrible. FAT. Her best friends are both drop-dead gorgeous and Ellie's sick of being the ugly duckling. So she goes on a diet. And she even starts to exercise, much to her friends' and her gym teacher's amazement. Ellie's hungry all the time, she works out every spare second, and she's turned into a grouchy meanie. But if her friends don't want to deal with the new and improved Ellie, that's their problem. It's better to be thin than happy. Isn't it?

How I Live Now  by Meg Rosoff
To get away from her pregnant stepmother in New York City, fifteen-year-old Daisy goes to England to stay with her aunt and cousins, with whom she instantly bonds, but soon war breaks out and rips apart the family while devastating the land.

If A Tree Falls at Lunch Period….by Gennifer Choldenko, Y Fiction Choldenko, Y Book on CD Choldenko
Kirsten and Walk, seventh-graders at an elite private school, alternate telling how race, wealth, weight, and other issues shape their relationships as they and other misfits stand up to a mean but influential classmate, even as they are uncovering a long-kept secret about themselves.

Keeping the Moon  by Sarah Dessen, Y Fiction Dessen
Fifteen-year-old Colie, a former fat girl, spends the summer working as a waitress in a beachside restaurant, staying with her overweight and eccentric Aunt Mira, and trying to explore her sense of self.

Life in the Fat Lane by Cherie Bennett, Y Fiction Bennett
Sixteen-year-old Lara, winner of beauty pageants and Homecoming Queen, is distressed and bewildered when she starts gaining weight and becomes a fat girl.

Looks   by Madeleine George, Y Fiction George
Two high school girls, one an anorexic poet and the other an obese loner, form an unlikely friendship.

North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley, Y Fiction Headley
Terra, a sensitive, artistic high school senior born with a facial port-wine stain, struggles with issues of inner and outer beauty with the help of her Goth classmate Jacob.

The Parallel Universe of Liars by Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson, Y Fiction Johnson
Surrounded by sexually unfaithful and physically beautiful adults, Robin, a fifteen-year-old fat girl, misses her best friend who has recently moved, gives in to an older neighbor's sexual advances, and doesn't recognize that a handsome black classmate likes her as she is.

Perfect by Natasha Friend, Y Fiction Friend
Following the death of her father, a thirteen-year-old uses bulimia as a way to avoid her mother's and ten-year-old sister's grief, as well as her own.

Pretty Face by Mary Hogan
When an overweight high school student from Santa Monica spends the summer in Italy, she learns to relish life and understand the true meaning of beauty.

Purge  by Sarah Darer Littman, Y Fiction Littman
When her parents check sixteen-year-old Janie into Golden Slopes to help her recover from her bulimia, she discovers that she must talk about things she has admitted to no one--not even herself.

Remembering Raquel by Vivian Vande Velde, Y Fiction Vande Velde
Various people recall aspects of the life of Raquel Falcone, an unpopular, overweight freshman at Quail Run High School, including classmates, her parents, and the driver who struck and killed her as she was walking home from an animated film festival.

Skin  by Adrienne Maria Vrettos, Y Fiction Vrettos
When his parents decide to separate, eighth-grader Donnie watches with horror as the physical condition of his sixteen-year old sister, Karen, deteriorates due to an eating disorder.

Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes  by Chris Crutcher, Y Fiction Crutcher
The daily class discussions about the nature of man, the existence of God, abortion, organized religion, suicide and other contemporary issues serve as a backdrop for a high-school senior's attempt to answer a friend's dramatic cry for help.

Target  by Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson, Y Fiction Johnson
After being brutally raped, Grady finally goes to a new high school where he meets an outgoing African American and several other students who try to help him deal with the horrible secret that is robbing him of his life.

Uglies  by Scott Westerfeld, Y Fiction Westerfeld, Y Book on CD Westefeld
In Tally's world, a 16th birthday brings an operation, transforming one from a repellent Ugly to an attractive Pretty. Turning Pretty is all Tally has ever wanted. Her friend Shay would rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally must make a terrible choice.

Vanishing  by Bruce Brooks, Y Fiction Brooks
Eleven-year-old Alice is unwilling to return to live with her alcoholic mother and her stern stepfather, so she refuses to eat to the point of slowly starving herself, in order to remain in the hospital.

When Zachary Beaver Came to Town by Kimberly Willis Holt, Y Fiction Holt, Y Books on CD Holt
During the summer of 1971 in a small Texas town, thirteen-year-old Toby and his best friend Cal meet the star of a sideshow act, 600-pound Zachary, the fattest boy in the world.

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