Bethany Rutter’s debut novel was a heartwarming and stand-out story about body positivity, friendship and first love.
No Big Deal tells the story of Emily, a fat girl who loves her body – even when the world refuses too. This book was fun and easy to read, at the same time as telling an important and meaningful story, and I loved it!
One of my favourite things about this book was the main character, Emily. She’s so enigmatic and she felt very relatable. She’s such a fabulous girl with an awesome, real personality. I really liked that though a central theme to the story is that Emily is very positive about her body, she still felt insecure about love and school, and other teenage stuff.
Her character arc was awesome and told the important story of loving yourself first and foremost. Society definitely needs to hear her voice!
The message this book sends is definitely an inspiring one, that I think a lot of people need to hear. It’s empowering and important.
‘It’s not my body that’s holding me back. I think it’s more of a problem that people tell me my body should hold me back.’
Another aspect of this book I really enjoyed was the relationship between the characters – the friendships, and the different dynamics between Emily and her friends, and between her and the love interest.
I liked that this books had moments that made me sit and think, and others that made me laugh out loud, with the perfect balance of “important” and “fun” that contemporary books often need!
The main issue I had with this book was its predictability – maybe it’s just me, but I could see the story arc from beginning to end. It’s still a good arc, but it felt very simple and generic for any book about love and self-acceptance. This didn’t take away from how much I loved the characters though, so I still thoroughly enjoyed this book.
I would definitely recommend No Big Deal, no matter your size, to fans of contemporary and books that send an important message to society, but are still fun and playful. Bethany’s debut was a great read that definitely needs to shared!