Fat Girl Walking: Sex, Food, Love and Being Comfortable in Your Skin... Every Inch of It by Brittany Gibbons
Rating: 4 Stars
Description: Brittany Gibbons from the blog Brittany Herself shares snapshots of her life including living with a father who suffered a traumatic brain injury, surviving high school, dropping out of college, pushing through anxiety, becoming a wife and mother and most of all learning to love herself in her own skin.
Why I Picked This Book: I've enjoyed her blog - Brittany Herself - for a couple of years and couldn't pass on the book.
I feel like a comparison to Jenny Lawson (aka The Bloggess) is inevitable. Both she and Brittany are bloggers with a pretty off the wall sense of humor, both have had their struggles with anxiety and depression, and both have husbands who ground them. However, they have distinctly different voices and focuses (and Lawson talks about taxidermy a lot more).
There's a lot of talk about this book being "hilarious" and "laugh out loud funny" and I'm not sure I agree. There's a lot more here than just funny. There's learning to deal with parents who aren't in ideal situations, desperately trying to find a place to fit in in high school, finding the right guy and being terrified you'll lose him, and trying to balance to two very different self images of being a wife and a mom. Mostly it's Brittany finding her voice and taking the readers along for the ride. Brittany is funny. I loved her sarcastic comments and appreciation for irony but most of all I really loved her honesty.
The really good thing about this book is I think it's easy to relate too. The message is a good one regardless of your weight, marriage status or number of children. And Brittany delivers it in a way that is honest and with just the right amount of humor.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Yes definitely! I'll continue following her blog and if this book comes out in audio with Brittany doing the reading I'll be picking it up as well.
Would I Recommend this Book?: Yes. I think anyone who has looked in the mirror and been less than thrilled with what was looking back would enjoy this one.