review: body positive power | where has this book been my entire life?

body positive powerTitle: Body Positive Power
Author: Megan Jayne Crabbe
Published in 2017 by Vermilion
Genre: nonfiction
Rating: ★★★★★ – a new favorite

We’ve been convinced that happiness is something that only comes once we hit that goal weight, get those washboard abs, shrink ourselves down and change every part of ourselves. We believe that our bodies are the problem, but the truth is that our bodies are not the problem. How we’ve been taught to see them is the problem… it’s time for us all to stop believing the lies, and take our power back.

With her inimitable flair, whip-smart wit and kickass attitude, Megan argues for a new way of seeing ourselves, and a world where every body is celebrated. Where there is no such thing as a ‘bikini body diet’ and 97% of women don’t hate the way they look. 

A powerful call to arms as much as it is inspirational and practical, this book is the life-changing answer you’ve been looking for.

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At the start of the year, I was having a rough time with my body image. I didn’t feel happy in my body, didn’t feel beautiful, and felt like I needed to hide. I don’t know what sparked the sudden increase in body image issues, but it was having a severe effect on my mood and life. I felt down so often, and didn’t want to go out. One of my bestest friends recommended me this book, and I decided to give it a try. It’s not like I had much to lose, right? I listened to the audiobook of Body Positive Power, and I can’t even properly portray how much Megan helped me. I know I’ll buy a physical copy of the book someday, so I can read it again and mark the parts most helpful to me.

I’ve been following Megan on instagram for a long time, and she has helped transform my feed into a positive space, rather than one based on guilt and envy. I knew she had written a book, and had added it to my to-read list ages ago, but for some reason never picked it up. I’m glad Inge reminded me of its existence, and urged me to read it.

Ever since reading this book, I’ve been doing so much better. I’ve started to love my body once again, even though I still have days where my confidence takes a dive. I’ve started to buy more colorful clothing again, clothes I’ve always wanted to wear instead of those I felt like I should. I’m smiling again, going out with friends more, and doing things I’ve been putting off for ages.

I can’t thank this book enough. While not everything in it applied to me, obviously, I still found every sentence Megan write helpful. No matter what your situation is, or how you feel about your body, I think you could gain something from this reading experience. 

If you’re worried about some of Megan’s experiences triggering you, especially with regards to eating disorders, you should know that she included content warnings throughout the book. If a particular passage that could be triggering to some comes up, she includes a warning first, and states where you can start reading again if you need to skip it.


I think everyone should read this book. Just saying. No matter how you feel about your body, you could gain something from Body Positive Power

7 thoughts on “review: body positive power | where has this book been my entire life?

  1. Gosh, I definitely think I need to read this book and if you felt it was powerful, then I trust your judgement. Fingers crossed my library will be able to get a hold of a copy!

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