The (Other) F Word

The (Other) F Word

The first young adult collection of art, poetry, and prose celebrating fat acceptance

Chubby. Curvy. Fluffy. Plus-size. Thick. Fat. The time has come for fat people to tell their own stories. The (Other) F Word combines the voices of Renée Watson, Julie Murphy, Jes Baker, Samantha Irby, Bruce Sturgell, and more in a relatable, immediate guide about fat acceptance. This dazzling collection of art, poetry, essays, and fashion tips is meant for people of all sizes who desire to be seen and heard in a culture consumed by a narrow definition of beauty. By combining the talents of renowned fat YA and middle-grade authors, as well as fat influencers and creators, The (Other) F Word offers teen readers and activists of all ages a tool for navigating our world with confidence and courage.


★ “This outstanding anthology of essays, illustrations, poems, and letters assembled and edited by librarian and writer Manfredi is a celebration of every body and presents a revolutionary message about fat acceptance and self-love.” — Publishers Weekly Starred Review

★ “A provocative and enlightening collection of personal essays, prose, poetry and artwork…Essay titles and contributor bios are almost as empowering as the pieces themselves.” — Shelf Awareness Starred Review

“Fat adults will wish they’d had this book growing up, and fat teens will finally feel seen. Frank and fabulous.” — Kirkus Reviews

“This powerful anthology creates an important discourse celebrating body diversity, leaving readers feeling inspired to seek their own form of self-acceptance. Recommended purchase for all libraries, especially for those seeking engaging essays promoting body positivity for teens.” — School Library Journal


Author Visits

I have done high school visits and have over a decade of experience working directly with all ages and have a special interest in working with teens. I would love to talk with your teen group or class about fat acceptance and body kindness. I can do all kinds of presentations, including virtual, and am happy to work with you on what might fit for your group. Reach out to discuss what we can make work.