Woman Crush Wednesday: Author Edition #womancrushwednesday Mona Awad

I don’t know if this is already a thing. If it’s not it should be, so I’m doing it.

Every week on Wednesday, I’ll pick a different female author to showcase. Feel free to make recommendations in the comments.

If you’re an author, and want to be featured, send me a query through my Review Policy page. Just start your query with Woman Crush Wednesday so I know what’s what.


Without further ado, my first #womancrushwednesday pick: Mona Awad.

mona awad 13 ways of looking at a fat girl

Her debut novel, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, was published February 23, 2016.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Growing up in the suburban hell of Misery Saga (a.k.a. Mississauga), Lizzie has never liked the way she looks—even though her best friend Mel says she’s the pretty one. She starts dating guys online, but she’s afraid to send pictures, even when her skinny friend China does her makeup: she knows no one would want her if they could really see her. So she starts to lose. With punishing drive, she counts almonds consumed, miles logged, pounds dropped. She fights her way into coveted dresses. She grows up and gets thin, navigating double-edged validation from her mother, her friends, her husband, her reflection in the mirror. But no matter how much she loses, will she ever see herself as anything other than a fat girl?

Awad started out writing articles for the Montreal-based “Maisonneuve Magazine”, where she wrote under the pen name, Veronica Tartley. Her personal brand of satire/wit is so me, and the themes she deals with in this first novel —  body image, sex, friendship — well, those are so utterly important.

I personally have struggled with my weight and feeling comfortable in my own body. I fully support all of the magnificent ladies out there repping body positivity. If you haven’t heard of this movement, I urge you to check out #honormycurves #effyourbeautystandards #styleatanysize #bodypositive and so many more on Twitter, Instagram, and the blogosphere. Mona Awad’s novel is so timely in this sense — it’s sort of riding the coattails of the body positive movement, but making body positive content available in a different medium. I LOVE that so much!

Thanks for being a voice for women and a voice women need, Mona Awad. Looking forward to more of your wonderful stories!

LA Times posted this Q&A with Awad today.

Follow Mona Awad on Twitter @monaawadauthor.

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