Book Review: Big Bones – Laura Dockrill

2 stars

Title: Big Bones
Author: Laura Dockrill
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Genre: YA contemporary


The latest teen novel from the sparkling Laura Dockrill, introducing Bluebelle, and her moving, hilarious take on food, body image and how we look after ourselves and others

A heart-warming teen story from the unique voice of Laura Dockrill, about Bluebelle, aka BB, aka Big Bones – a sixteen-year-old girl encouraged to tackle her weight even though she’s perfectly happy, thank you, and getting on with her life and in love with food. Then a tragedy in the family forces BB to find a new relationship with her body and herself. Moving, memorable and hilarious.


My feelings for this book have been clearly seperated into two different emotions. The first half of the book was worth 2 stars. It only talked about food and was very superficial. I often asked myself what the point of this book was because it was like reading about any completely normal 16 year old. Really, talking about food is only interesting for so long and 200 Pages is definitely way too long (unless you’re writing a cookbook). The summary also says this is a very funny read but I would call it lighthearted at most, funny is really stretching it. The second half of the book was much better it was worth 3 or even 3.5 stars. The story got way more interesting and finally I could read about things other than food. But 50% worth of 2 stars is just too much to give this book a 3 star rating.

This book is about a “fat” (she uses that word to describe herself and that’s the only reason I’m using this insulting term) girl who is completely happy with how she looks. And I have to applaud that because body positivity is a very positive and powerful thing to write about in a YA book. That’s obviously the part of the book that I like the most. It’s also the reason that I would love to give this book more stars. But a good message isn’t enough for me to make it a good book. Because the only thing that happens is that she decides at one point to love herself more and to start going to the gym. Not to get skinny, but to be healthy and strong. It’s a perfect message but just not enough of a story. It’s jut sad that everything that’s in the summary of this book is everything that happens in the book. There is nothing more to the story besides from a tiny love story.

Bluebelle was a bit too over the top for me. She annoyed me because she really didn’t think twice about making life changing decisions and overall really didn’t use her brain that much. Maybe I’m being a bit harsh, but I really don’t know any other way to describer her. I did like most of the other characters. They were all very different and this book didn’t contain too much stereotypes. I just think I was looking for something with more depth and if you are looking for depth, this is certainly not the book for you.


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