Hi everyone! It’s me again with another Sapphic Recommendations! If you haven’t already you can check out my other Sapphic Recs posts here! Today’s post centres around fat rep – something, as a fat person, I’ve desperately been searching for in books my whole life, and something that is slowly but surely becoming more widespread! I hope this inspires you to pick up one of these books!
Learning Curves by Ceillie Simkiss has already appeared in two other F/F Recommendations posts, so if you haven’t picked it up already, get on it ASAP! Learning Curves follows Elena Mendez who is extremely career-focused and doesn’t have time for love. Then, one day she lends her notes to Cora McLaughlin, and her world is turned upside down! This novella is pure fluff! We see them dancing in the snow and helping each other study in the library! It’s pretty much every sapphic’s dream university romance! Plus, if you’re looking for even more there’s a Christmas sequel, Wrapped Up In You! (It is worth noting that, for this one, there is some fatphobic language used to describe the mc).
Next up is some of the best, own-voices fat rep I’ve read – Melt My Heart by Bethany Rutter! I have a full review up of this one already, so go check it out! This follows Lily Rose, who’s always felt overshadowed by her gorgeous twin sister Daisy. One day she meets the gorgeous Cal and there’s instantly a connection, but he’s also Daisy’s Summer crush. With university looming on the horizon, Lily is trying to make the most of her Summer, but she’s becoming increasingly preoccupied with what’s happening when her best friend Cassie is alone with Cal’s best friend, Jack. Melt My Heart is the perfect Summer read! It has a gorgeous small seaside town backdrop and such sweet characters (I even loved Cal!). The romance is super slowburn but so worth it – I may have cried a little! It deals with fatphobia, including little microagressions that people who aren’t fat might not even think of, and is honestly just such a great read!
If you’re looking for a short and sweet read, I really recommend Knit One, Girl Two by Shira Glassman! If you love the pun that is the title then you’ll love all the great puns throughout this novella too! The novella follows Clara, an indie yarn dyer who is looking for new colour combinations for her ‘sock club’ subscription! Whilst out looking for inspiration, she comes across the art of Danielle Solomon and the two strike up a friendship that quickly blossoms into love! This novella is so adorable! It has really lovely Jewish rep (the food in this book sounds amazing!) and Danielle is fat and proud of it! The main characters love fanfiction and Danielle makes fanart of the characters of a tv show they both love, so if that sounds up your street, definitely give it a go!
A graphic novel I loved recently is Bingo Love by Tee Franklin, Jen St.Onge and Joy San! The book starts in 1963 with a chance encounter between our two main characters, Hazel and Mari, at bingo! The two quickly become friends and Hazel becomes completely infatuated with Mari. The two form a relationship but are split apart after Mari’s family finds out. Years later the two have both married men and have both children and grandchildren, when they have another surprise meeting at bingo! They discover that the feelings they once had for each other are still very real. This graphic novel is so cute! Seeing two women of colour in love and finding happiness in their lives is so beautiful, and this book definitely had me in tears a couple of times!
Get It Right is Skye Kilaen’s newest queer novella and has some of my absolute favourite fat sapphic rep in it – I have a full review of this one on my blog if you want to know my full thoughts on it! Get It Right follows newly-on-parole Finn who is desperately trying to find a job but sadly to no avail. While collecting her prescription medication she (quite literally) stumbles upon Vivi, a nurse that she worked beside while in jail. Back then there was definitely a spark between them, but one day Vivi disappeared without saying goodbye, but could this chance meeting bring a new start for them?
Yes, I know it’s the middle of Winter when I’m posting this, but we could all use a bit of Summer sunshine right now, what with the sun setting at 3.30 in the afternoon every day! The Summer of Jordi Pérez follows Abby, who runs her own plus-size fashion blog and ends up getting a prestigious Summer internship at her favourite local boutique. There, she meets another intern, Jordi, who loves photography, and who is competing against Abby for a paid position at the boutique, but Abby is slowly falling for her. Meanwhile, she also somehow befriends Jax, a lacrosse-playing himbo who needs help with his project of finding the best burger in LA . This is definitely going to be some Summer! I love himbo/lesbian friendship dynamics, it’s literally one of my favourite tropes, so I can’t wait to pick this one up, and I’ve heard that the fat rep in it is really great too!
Next up is another super cute and fluffy novella, Soft on Soft! Soft on Soft follows June, an Instagram-famous makeup artist who is much less than popular in real life, and spends most of her time with her cats. June decides that she wants more from life, and so decides to act on her crush on model/actress Selena, but is she willing to go out of her comfort zone to find love? I’ve heard amazing things about this book and that there is no homophobia or fatphobia involved in the plot at all, which I’m so happy to see! This sounds like such a cute, fluffy comfort read that I can’t wait to dive into!
Finally, I have a book that I read earlier this year and absolutely loved, and which is now also out in graphic novel form! Juliet Takes a Breath follows Juliet, who manages to cinch an internship with her favourite feminist author, Harlowe Brisbane. However, just before she is set to leave for the internship, Juliet decides to come out to her family, and it doesn’t exactly go well. Plus, her girlfriend is decidedly ignoring her texts and calls. So, Juliet takes this as an opportunity to take a step back and discover more about herself and her identity, and learns what it means to come out. I have a whole review on this one where you can check out my thoughts, but overall I loved this book, and I loved the graphic novel even more! The discussions on belonging and community made me cry and it is such an important book all round!
If you have any recommendations for me I’d love to hear them (especially fantasy or sci-fi ones!) but for now, I hope this post encourages you to pick up some sapphic books featuring fat main characters!