Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on May 26 2015
Genres: feminism, humor
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Plum Kettle spends her days pretending to be someone else, answering reader questions under the name of editor of teen mag. She is biding her time until her weight-loss surgery and then her real life can begin.
Then Plum meets a group of women who make her second guess her ideas about beauty and what her ideal body is.
Did I mention the feminist terrorist group? Because that is also a thing.
This book aches to be talked about. The combination of Plum lack of self-confidence and her feelings of being less that worthy because of her weight AND the feminist terrorist group putting the fear back in the laps of the people who treat women as merely sex objects meant to be used and tossed away makes you sit down and think about two different aspects of this issue: The day to day feelings of inadequacy that all women deal with and the ‘she was asking for it’ rape culture prevalent today.
It is meant to be polarizing. It is meant to be disturbing. It is meant to make you think.
Plum Kettle does her best not to be noticed, because when you’re fat, to be noticed is to be judged. Or mocked. Or worse. With her job answering fan mail for a popular teen girls’ magazine, she is biding her time until her weight-loss surgery. Only then can her true life as a thin person finally begin.
Then, when a mysterious woman starts following her, Plum finds herself falling down a rabbit hole and into an underground community of women who live life on their own terms. There Plum agrees to a series of challenges that force her to deal with her past, her doubts, and the real costs of becoming “beautiful.” At the same time, a dangerous guerrilla group called “Jennifer” begins to terrorize a world that mistreats women, and as Plum grapples with her personal struggles, she becomes entangled in a sinister plot. The consequences are explosive.