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Unashamed: Musings of a Fat, Black Muslim by Leah Vernon

teeclecticreads's review against another edition

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Truthfully I didn’t know who Leah Vernon was before this, but I’m glad I took a chance and decided to find out. This was such a beautiful body of work that encompassed the joys and many downs of her identities and intersectionality. I love that despite recounting painful stories, she still found a way to bring humour and positivity. I’m very happy that she decided to share her story with the world.

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4.5

mnqmariah's review against another edition

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5.0

From the moment I opened her book and, page by page, experiencing Leah's life, I was engaged with the unfolding events and how she overcame so many adversities. Such a great read! Thankful, I picked up this book and learned more about a woman of color who is also a Muslim in the US.

menachris87's review against another edition

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5.0

anneke_b's review against another edition

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5.0

So I had no clue who Leah Vernon was. Yes, I had a vague recollection of seeing her somewhere, but I cannot say I am part of her fans. Fashion isn't really my thing, and though I appreciate what she does, I cannot say that I understand this artistic avenue as much as I understand writing.

And, masha Allah, she can write. I was intrigued, I had all the feels. This book is outstanding in the way that it showcases a Muslim life and experience that is more common than we often want to admit. Without holding back she shares all the good AND the bad, and the difficulties she had to overcome to become who she is today: an influencer. And by God, she deserves it all.

shannanh's review against another edition

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4.0

An honest memoir of one young woman's journey through life. An interesting and thought provoking read.

sarah984's review against another edition

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reflective slow-paced

2.0

I bought this because the blurb talked about body positivity, but the book is actually just a kind of shallow person saying mean things about other women and blaming everyone else for her own shortcomings. It was brave to publish something so vulnerable but it might have been good to do a bit more work in therapy first.

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alexisparade's review against another edition

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2.0

Halfway through this I finally googled the author and realized I was reading a social media influencer book

lilbusinessboy's review against another edition

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fast-paced

3.0

brandylyons's review against another edition

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5.0

This was brilliant and heartbreaking and thoughtful and engaging. It wasn't always an easy read, but so worth it.