6 contemporary books with tall main characters



During this time of year, whether it is overly comfortable family members or seasonal depression, people use body mass and shape (more than usual) to measure success. others (or of themselves). Even in “positive” sentences and comments, there is an underlying tinge of fatphobia and bodily negativity.

To combat that negative extra help while on vacation, we’ve compiled a list of books that feature tall and fat characters themselves. While we love adventure stories, SFF, and more, the big main characters in fiction are rare unless you wander into the realms of romance and / or coming of age (YA) stories. It’s probably no coincidence that women and women (whose bodies are more scrutinized) dominate these markets in terms of acclaim and book sales.

Despite the brevity and confidence of saying “fat”, the body size range is so vast in this list that “plus size” seemed like a better inclusion of all. Also, these books are set in different places and cultures, where one person’s thinness is another’s fat, so we’ll keep the word “plus size” rather neutral, unless the author says opposite.

Much like the range of sizes and people depicted, there is a range of their relationship to their bodies, which means that some are already confident with themselves, while others have work to do in addition to the main plot.

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert (Image: Avon Books.)

(Image: Avon Books.)

This bucket list romance follows chronically ill Chloe Brown tackling new experiences (to ‘get a life’) that aren’t often found in her highly structured / organized life, especially number six, ‘do something. of badness “. If she has any hope of completing this list, she needs a backup, so she enlists the help of Redford “Red” Morgan, handyman by day and artist by night.

Fans of HAE (Happily Ever After) or Talia Hibbert novels should also check out the other two books in the “The Brown Sisters” trilogy.

Crystal Maldanado's Fat Chance Charlie Vega (Image: Holiday House.)

(Image: Holiday home.)

This YA romance follows artistic and ambitious brunette girl Charlie Vega in the all-white suburb of Connecticut. Charlie’s mom always tries to make her more ‘palatable’ (white) by constantly suggesting that she straighten her hair and stay out of the sun, as well as leave not-so-subtle weight loss shakes in her bedroom. . At school, Charlie starts talking to his adorable classmate Brian, and he accepts every part of her.

Things look perfect until she finds out that Brian asked her best friend, Amelia (who is both athletic and popular), first. This information sends Charlie into a spiral, wondering if her weight made her a second choice.

If you think this cover is gorgeous, check out her 2022 novel. No filter and other lies.

Dietland by Sarai Walker (Image: Mariner Books.)

(Image: Mariner Books.)

Counting the days until she can afford the weight loss surgery that she says will change her life, Plum Kettle goes off to her day job answering fan mail for a teen magazine. . Everything changes quickly when a woman in bright clothing begins to follow her. Plum discovers a hidden organization of tall women who reject the rules of society.

Carried away by camaraderie and a sense of belonging, Plum dives deep into the rabbit hole. The increasingly violent tactics used by other women lead Plum to believe that she could be part of a terrorist organization.

AMC produced a one-season adaptation (now canceled), so there’s a bound edition of the novel, too.

I'll be Lyla Lee's (Image: Katherine Tegen Books.)

(Image: Katherine Tegen Books.)

In addition to rejecting the daily fatphobia of his family and peers, Sky Shin dreams of joining the world of K-Pop. When the opportunity to audition on an international television competition in search of future K-Pop stars, Skye seizes it. Even though she is used to American fatphobia and has defenses against it, nothing could have prepared her for the response of the world (including the K-Pop industry) to her body.

Skye juggles the unfathomable scrutiny with a desire to succeed in competition and not embarrass herself in front of a competitor she develops feelings for.

If this entertainment-themed YA romance sounds like an interesting one, keep an eye out for Lyla Lee’s. exit 2022 Flip the script, which plunges into K-dramas.

Heft by Liz Moore (Image: WW Norton & Company.)

(Image: WW Norton & Company.)

Weighing between 500 and 600 pounds, Arthur has not left his Brooklyn home for a decade due to the strain of walking. About an hour’s drive away in Yonkers, a poor boy from a wealthy school, Kel, dreams of becoming a professional baseball player. Through the connection of Kel’s mother and Arthur’s former student (20 years previously), Charlene, Kel, and Arthur develop a friendship and transform each other.

If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann (Image: Swoon Reads.)

(Image: Swoon Reads.)

Winnie is living her best life working at her Granny’s Diner in the small town of Misty Haven during the summer before college. There’s the hustle and bustle of restaurant life, but also, she left great tips, wears that cute 50s themed uniform, sees her grandmother, and is platonically dating her longtime girlfriend, Kara. . Her life is turned upside down when she’s dubbed Misty Haven’s Summer Queen’s Pairing Tradition. Paired with a Summer King, she is forced to be in the spotlight of Misty Haven and participate in many public events with unsolicited advice.

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