Every Body Shines: Sixteen Stories about Living Fabulously Fat by Jennifer Yen, Catherine Adel West, Rebecca Sky, Monique Gray Smith, Alex Gino, Amanda Lovelace, Cassandra Newbould, Nafiza Azad, Linda Camacho, Hillary Monahan, Chris Baron, Claire Kann, Kelly deVos, Francina Simone, Sheena Boekweg

416 pages first pub 2021 (editions)

fiction short stories young adult adventurous lighthearted medium-paced


An intersectional, feminist YA anthology from some of today's most exciting voices across a span of genres, all celebrating body diversity and fat acceptance through short stories. Fat girls and boys and nonbinary teens are: friends who lift ea...

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emotional 73%
hopeful 68%
funny 52%
inspiring 52%
reflective 42%
adventurous 36%
lighthearted 36%
challenging 21%
sad 21%
dark 10%
mysterious 10%
informative 5%
tense 5%


fast 52%
medium 28%
slow 19%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 63% | Character: 26% | N/A: 10%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 72% | Yes: 27%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 55% | It's complicated: 38% | No: 5%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 90% | It's complicated: 9%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 47% | It's complicated: 29% | No: 17% | N/A: 5%

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