If you don’t like profanity or photographs of ladies wearing bikinis, don’t read #VeryFat #VeryBrave. Nicole Byer’s book has a target audience, and it’s not you.
#VeryFat #VeryBrave is a funny, vulgar book about valuing yourself over societal beauty standards. Maybe two-thirds of the book is photographs of Byer modeling her bikini collection in various parts of Los Angeles. She captions each photograph with a worst-case scenario. For example, a picture of her lounging in the Pacific surf is captioned: “My God, the #bravery here is stunning. A bikini with flames on it? What if someone thought I was a speedboat owned by Guy Fieri and rode me right in the ocean? What if a whale saw me and tried to wife me up? #veryfat #very brave”
Behind the cursing, the sarcasm, the list of 100+ activities you can do while wearing a bikini (#159: drink a milkshake. #160: ask the boys to leave the yard), Byer poses a serious question: if not now, when? This is your life. Don’t wait until you look like a Sports Illustrated model; put a bikini on your body and get in the water.