Dietland - Sarai Walker
I don't think I've ever read a character quite like Plum before, certainly no one that spoke to me in the way she did. As a fat woman, even though I never went through the dieting hell that Plum puts herself through, I definitely went through the shame of having a body that (society tells us) doesn't deserve the space it takes, that I do not deserve the space I take up in this world. Plum goes on a journey that I am on, myself, and she inspires me to keep going. But what's brilliant about this book, without going into spoilery specifics, is how the author relates the shame thrust upon Plum for her body to the shame all women experience who aren't "perfect" in their "fuckability" and further to the shame of the women who are high in "fuckability" and how they're judged merely for how much men want them and nothing else. At first the two storylines don't seem to mesh well (Plum's story and the arc of Jennifer) and can feel a bit clunky thrust together in the same book, but the more I think about them, the more how I see how well they relate, how they intertwine and I think it was brilliant for the way the author pulled these two threads together. I can already tell this is a book that's going to stick with me for a long, long time.