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

aeblack's review against another edition

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emotional inspiring reflective slow-paced

3.0

vtlism's review against another edition

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funny inspiring reflective sad medium-paced

3.5

Decent memoir, she's a good storyteller AND has stories I actually want to hear. 

laurenlethbridge's review against another edition

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challenging inspiring reflective medium-paced

3.0

tazisbooked's review against another edition

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emotional informative lighthearted medium-paced
I don’t rate memoirs bcus they are such personal pieces of literature… but this was very millennial 

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brooketreads's review against another edition

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challenging emotional sad tense medium-paced
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I felt Leah’s situation with her dad was really relatable for me. Though my dad had multiple other wives, never any other kids though. Yeah, dad who’s barely there and when he was there it wasn’t great. This was a bit of a tough read at times. Leah shares a lot of tough things like domestic violence and mental health. I loved that she went to counseling. I wish Leah would have split with her husband much sooner. Their relationship was already so toxic at that point and to add in the cheating was just ughhh. They both deserved better.

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juniper_reads_things's review against another edition

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informative inspiring lighthearted fast-paced

4.0

Leah Vernon had me hooked on her story for at least 75% of the book. I lost interest in the latter half, because I felt like the author had run out of steam. 

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annetjeberg'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.

mnboyer's review

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3.0

PopSugar 2021 reading challenge #17

Typically, social media influences do not have a lot to say (sorry, not sorry). Leah Vernon, however, has a very interesting angle that I found compelling. She's a larger woman (self-described as fat), black, and Muslim -- all things that made me quite interested in her story. I was drawn in when she discussed the various instances of domestic violence within her home (both witnessing abuse endured by her mother, then having her own issues with her husband) and thought these moments were perhaps the most humanizing throughout the book.

There are other areas where I was less-connected to the author's retelling. I feel as if certain areas could have been narrowed down a little more, others fleshed out better. The style is good: you can definitely get a sense of this author's voice. However, there are moments when the voice distracts from the topic at hand. Overall, a decent book and I'm glad I read it.

carleedb's review against another edition

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5.0

Amazingly done.

socorrobaptista's review against another edition

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4.0

Uma narrativa corajosa de alguém que busca se aceitar mesmo diante de uma sociedade machista, racista, gordofóbica e islamofóbica. Inspiradora por sua coragem e ousadia.