The Big Reveal (Hardcover)

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This book deserves far more than my allotted text for this review - I could spend several pages, probably, talking about all the ways that this book is so gosh-dang good. Addie is a fat dancer, and proud of it - not letting her peers or anybody else allow her to feel shame or inferiority because of her body. She has a group of truly excellent friends, who throughout the book are self-affirming, endlessly supportive for each other, and outright hilarious - I wish I'd had anything close to these friends when I was in high school - scratch that, I wish I had these friends *now.* Together, they hatch a plan to financially support Addie's potential post-graduation job with a dance company in Milan that involves an underground burlesque show, and through it, Addie discovers the self-affirming and body-positive power of burlesque, which she and her friends had previously cast aside as creative stripping. But she also has, and does, stand up to misogyny, slut-shaming, and fatphobia from her peers and superiors, and Larsen is truly excellent at illustrating exactly how internalized bigotry can hurt you even when you think you love who you are, just because we live in a world where anything that isn't the default is constantly assumed to be aberrant. The best YA I've read all year!!

— From Akil

This book deserves far more than my allotted text for this review - I could spend several pages, probably, talking about all the ways that this book is so gosh-dang good. Addie is a fat dancer, and proud of it - not letting her peers or anybody else allow her to feel shame or inferiority because of her body. She has a group of truly excellent friends, who throughout the book are self-affirming, endlessly supportive for each other, and outright hilarious - I wish I'd had anything close to these friends when I was in high school - scratch that, I wish I had these friends *now.* Together, they hatch a plan to financially support Addie's potential post-graduation job with a dance company in Milan that involves an underground burlesque show, and through it, Addie discovers the self-affirming and body-positive power of burlesque, which she and her friends had previously cast aside as creative stripping. But she also has, and does, stand up to misogyny, slut-shaming, and fatphobia from her peers and superiors, and Larsen is truly excellent at illustrating exactly how internalized bigotry can hurt you even when you think you love who you are, just because we live in a world where anything that isn't the default is constantly assumed to be aberrant. The best YA I've read all year!!

— From Akil's Top 10 of 2021!

Description


Addie is a talented dancer, a true-blue friend, and a fat, fierce, and driven young woman. When she's accepted into the prestigious dance company of her dreams, she thinks nothing can bring her down—until she realizes she doesn't have enough money to go. Refusing to give up, Addie and her friends decide to put on a top-secret, invitation-only burlesque show to raise funds. But word soon gets out, and the slut- and body-shaming begin. Has Addie been resisting the patriarchy, or playing right into its hands?

The Big Reveal asks hard-hitting feminist questions while reveling in some of life's greatest joys: chasing your passions, falling in love, and embracing yourself exactly as you are.

About the Author


Jen Larsen is the critically acclaimed author of multiple books, including the young adult novel Future Perfect. She lives in Vancouver, Canada, with her wife.

Praise For…


"Though bigotry against fat people batters against Addie’s self-confidence (from the gross boys who neg her to her mother’s well-meaning but abusive obsession with diets), her determination to love herself and claim her fatness are empowering. There’s no hidden message of avoiding food, no incidental weight loss paralleling Addie’s growth, just the conviction of one girl and her excellent friends that they are awesome and powerful and sexy. Unabashedly, determinedly positive, with truly comical banter and the heroic climax of a teen movie." —Kirkus Reviews

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Addie is a compelling narrator, witty and dramatic and bold. . .There’s a definite Julie Murphy energy to the story, so her fans will appreciate Addie’s vitality: “I want it all. I want to wrap my arms around it and jump up and down. I want to see what’s next.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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With a broad cast of characters, including one who's suggested to be demisexual, Larsen depicts the diverse world of dance and creative expression in Addie’s friends and their adventures. . .A natural recommendation for fans of Jennifer Mathieu’s Moxie looking for a story about body positivity and a better understanding of the burlesque world." —Booklist



Product Details
ISBN: 9781250252173
ISBN-10: 1250252172
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication Date: December 7th, 2021
Pages: 304
Language: English