Big Boned (Hardcover)

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I have come across some truly great Wattpad books this year but this one might be my new favorite. It touches on body positivity, neurodivergence, and the strong love between family. Artist Lori is not thrilled to be a new student at image-conscious Bay Water High. She struggles with her mom's constant diet/makeover obsessions and misses being appreciated for art and not appearance. She's also under the stress of being the main caregiver to her younger brother, who has autism and attends a special school nearby. Her rage reaches a breaking point, and she finds a new, secret way of expressing herself that ends up being even more controversial than being overweight at a school full of pretty people. I felt so many feelings for this book and Lori's journey and I want anyone who feels overlooked to read it and know they are beautiful - inside and out.

— From Andi

Description


Can she be herself in a one-size-fits-all world?

Lori Palmer is the new girl at Bay Water High, where students prize glossy hair, “beach” bodies, and thigh gaps above all else, which is so not her. She misses her old school, where her artistic talent was more important to her peers than a chia smoothie recipe ever was.

Uncomfortable in her own size-sixteen skin, Lori decides to survive senior year as best she can by blending into the background while she melts in the summer heat. But her plans go completely awry when she discovers popular jock Jake volunteering at her brother Zac’s school. When her brother befriends Jake’s sister, Lori is suddenly thrust into Jake’s unfamiliar world of water polo, parties, and stargazing.

As she grows closer to Jake, and her relationship with her mother starts to deteriorate, Lori’s old anxieties resurface and she throws herself into her art. It’s a wildly new direction for Lori, and through it she realizes that finding her voice might get her into a world of trouble, but standing up for what she believes in is as important as standing up for herself.

About the Author


Jo Watson is the award-winning author of contemporary romances for both adults and teens, including The Destination Love series and her YA debut Big Boned, a Publisher’s Marketplace Buzz Book. A graduate of the arts and media school AFDA, Jo earned an honors degree in Live Performance and worked as a script writer, director, and producer before deciding to publish her stories on Wattpad, which catapulted her now full-time career as an author. To date, her stories have accumulated more than 50 million reads on the platform and she has become an international bestselling sensation, having sold over half-a-million books worldwide, and partnering with major publishers to bring her stories to bookshelves everywhere. She lives with her husband and son in South Africa.
Jo Watson is the award-winning author of contemporary romances for both adults and teens, including The Destination Love series and her YA debut Big Boned, a Publisher’s Marketplace Buzz Book. A graduate of the arts and media school AFDA, Jo earned an honors degree in Live Performance and worked as a script writer, director, and producer before deciding to publish her stories on Wattpad, which catapulted her now full-time career as an author. To date, her stories have accumulated more than 50 million reads on the platform and she has become an international bestselling sensation, having sold over half-a-million books worldwide, and partnering with major publishers to bring her stories to bookshelves everywhere. She lives with her husband and son in South Africa.

Praise For…


" . . . [a] powerful book for all teens"
—School Library Journal


"Big Boned is an optimistic novel whose warm cast subverts convention, and whose heroine learns to take risks."
—Foreword



Product Details
ISBN: 9781989365298
ISBN-10: 1989365299
Publisher: Wattpad Books
Publication Date: September 21st, 2021
Pages: 392
Language: English