My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I loved this book from beginning to end. I wish I’d had it to read as a teenager because Bluebelle would have been my absolute hero.
Big Bones is written in the form of a diary, written by Bluebelle (who also goes by BB) after her nurse tells her she needs to lose weight. But this isn’t a depressing diet and punishment book. This is a true celebration of food, body positivity, confidence and family. Bluebelle navigates her summer trying to work out what to do with the rest of her life whilst she juggles her friends, her adorable sister Dove, the on and off marriage of her parents, her part-time job and a mammoth crush on her co-worker.
It was so refreshing to read a book where the main character is an overweight teenage girl totally at ease within her own skin. I loved Bluebelle’s sassy attitude towards the adults in her life who think they know what she wants better than she does.
Possibly my favourite part of this book were the mouth watering descriptions of food. I can tell that Laura Dockrill is someone who really appreciates good food. Every single thing Bluebelle ate in this book made me hungry. Do not try and read this book without snacks at hand.
This book was fun to read from beginning to end, I cared deeply about every character and I loved feeling like part of Bluebelle’s family for a short while. I would recommend this book to anyone who has been a teenager concerned about their body (so probably most people!). Bluebelle’s confidence is infectious and inspiring.