#VERYFAT #VERYBRAVE
Actress, comedian, and podcaster extraordinaire Nicole Byer’s guide to being a #brave, bikini-wearing badass.  If you’ve ever seen a fat person post a bikini shot on social media, you already know that they are #verybrave, because apparently existing in a fat body in public is #brave. I, Nicole Byer, wrote this book to 1. share my impressive bikini collection and my hot body with the world and 2. help other people feel #brave by embracing their body as it is. In this book, I share my journey to becoming #brave, give you my hot tips and tricks—on how to find the perfect bikini, how to find your own #bravery, and how to handle haters—and serve you over 100 bikini looks. 

#VERYFAT #VERYBRAVE Details

Title#VERYFAT #VERYBRAVE
Author
ReleaseJun 2nd, 2020
PublisherAndrews McMeel Publishing
ISBN-139781524850746
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Humor, Self Help, Feminism

#VERYFAT #VERYBRAVE Review

  • beachbum bookworm
    January 1, 1970
    This book was everything I love about Nicole Byer!! I love her on nailed it!! She is hilarious, fearless, sassy, and confident!!! My 2 issues with this book were 1. The format- I am hard pressed to call this is a book, as opposed to a bunch of media posts thrown together (which if branded that way...i would have been fine with). 2. It was a lot of repetition!!! For more book fun check out my blog @: http://beachbumbookworm.com/I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I This book was everything I love about Nicole Byer!! I love her on nailed it!! She is hilarious, fearless, sassy, and confident!!! My 2 issues with this book were 1. The format- I am hard pressed to call this is a book, as opposed to a bunch of media posts thrown together (which if branded that way...i would have been fine with). 2. It was a lot of repetition!!! For more book fun check out my blog @: http://beachbumbookworm.com/I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Netgalley, the authors Nicole Byer, and the publisher for this opportunity
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  • Ellen Gail
    January 1, 1970
    Because any time a fat woman posts a photo on Instagram, people always comment and say, "You’re so brave! How do you not want to kill yourself?! This is incredible!’" So my book is a very tongue-in-cheek, self-help guide on how you can be as brave as I am. It’s silly and it has a lot of pictures of me in a bikini. So if you don’t like that, you’re going to hate the book! - Nicole ByerA book that tells you right out of the gate / cover what it’s going to be, then fucking delivers. It never preten Because any time a fat woman posts a photo on Instagram, people always comment and say, "You’re so brave! How do you not want to kill yourself?! This is incredible!’" So my book is a very tongue-in-cheek, self-help guide on how you can be as brave as I am. It’s silly and it has a lot of pictures of me in a bikini. So if you don’t like that, you’re going to hate the book! - Nicole ByerA book that tells you right out of the gate / cover what it’s going to be, then fucking delivers. It never pretends to be anything beyond a collection of bikini pics, advice, and humor. But if you want to see Nicole Byer being #verybrave, its worth a read.Thanks to Edelweiss and Andrews McMeel Publishing for the review copy!
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  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    January 1, 1970
    If you want to see pictures of Nicole Byer in every bikini she owns, to emphasize that a bikini body is a body in a bikini, this is the book for you. She is tired of being called brave just for wearing clothes in public that show some skin, or for wearing a bathing suit that isn't a nun habit. There are little pieces of her life story in there, a lot of snark, more snark in the form of lists, and a lot of bright photos of a wide variety of bikinis. (Nicole is the host of Nailed It on Netflix, al If you want to see pictures of Nicole Byer in every bikini she owns, to emphasize that a bikini body is a body in a bikini, this is the book for you. She is tired of being called brave just for wearing clothes in public that show some skin, or for wearing a bathing suit that isn't a nun habit. There are little pieces of her life story in there, a lot of snark, more snark in the form of lists, and a lot of bright photos of a wide variety of bikinis. (Nicole is the host of Nailed It on Netflix, also had a guest spot on The Good Place, also is still doing improv with Upright Citizens Brigade. I had a copy early from the publisher through Edelweiss. It comes out June 2, just in time to get ready for swimsuit season.
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  • Briar's Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Nicole Byer is one of my favourite comedians and I can't get enough of her comedy! I was introduced to her through Nailed It! and ever since I've enjoyed following her career. When I saw this book pop up on NetGalley and Goodreads, it was a giant, enthusiastic YES YES YES YES YES YES and I requested it without hesitation.This book is sassy and honest, exactly how I like these kind of books! I was chuckling in the intro, and that was only two pages in, let alone when we got to the tips and the re Nicole Byer is one of my favourite comedians and I can't get enough of her comedy! I was introduced to her through Nailed It! and ever since I've enjoyed following her career. When I saw this book pop up on NetGalley and Goodreads, it was a giant, enthusiastic YES YES YES YES YES YES and I requested it without hesitation.This book is sassy and honest, exactly how I like these kind of books! I was chuckling in the intro, and that was only two pages in, let alone when we got to the tips and the rest of the book! For example, make sure you change in a change room is a funny comment, BUT I HAVE SEEN PEOPLE DO THAT IN PUBLIC SO OMG RELATABLE AND HIGHLY AMUSING. All caps, because I was snorting and chuckling along with this comment, remembering that odd time in a Burlington Coat Factory.Now, I do have to admit I'm biased. My entire life I was made fun of for my weight (even when I was at my healthiest as a highly competitive athlete or as just a kindergartener because you know... kids are mean), and I still am. I can relate to this book very well, and thus found it enjoyable to read about it in a comedic sense. Extra positives:1. Dinosaur Bikini = Awesome2. Imagining someone just eating a raw potato while wearing a bikini3. "Your worth isn't dictated by whether someone's attracted to you." SAY IT LOUDER FOR THOSE PEOPLE IN THE BACK, NICOLE!4. Lobster Bikini Top = Wild5. Burger and Fries One Piece = I want to find this. It's incredible.6. The body positivity in this is AWESOME. As another Millennial who worked on her body confidence for the last year, I can truly appreciate this honest and funny take. Nicole is my spirit animal!In summary, BUY THIS BOOK. I highly recommend it and I absolutely love it! It's fantabulous!Five out of five stars! Thank you to NetGalley and Andrew McMeels Publishing for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.
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  • Cassie-la
    January 1, 1970
    What I thought I was going to read: a Nicole Byer memoir.What I actually read: a guide to embracing and learning to love your body (#allbodiesarebeautiful) full of Nicole's trademark humor, a small smattering of anecdotal stories from her life, and tons of fun, amazing bikini photos.Tl;dr: it's nothing like what I anticipated and I'm not even a little mad.
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  • Christopher
    January 1, 1970
    When Nicole Byer first posted a photo of herself wearing a bikini on Instagram, she knew she was being #verybrave—mostly because that’s what everyone kept telling her. After all, according to the outside world, merely showing a little skin while fat is incredibly #brave. So now she’s written a book sharing her brave hints, tricks, and tips for embracing bodies and rocking a bikini, all while showing off her own impressive collection.Nicole Byer is one of the funniest comedians working today, so When Nicole Byer first posted a photo of herself wearing a bikini on Instagram, she knew she was being #verybrave—mostly because that’s what everyone kept telling her. After all, according to the outside world, merely showing a little skin while fat is incredibly #brave. So now she’s written a book sharing her brave hints, tricks, and tips for embracing bodies and rocking a bikini, all while showing off her own impressive collection.Nicole Byer is one of the funniest comedians working today, so it’s no surprise her first book is laugh-out-loud funny. Through brief batches of text, she offers a series of anecdotes and a lot of sass to explain how she came to accept her love of bikinis in a society that isn't always okay with body-type diversity. It's a body positive message with a bit of an edge: Byer stresses the importance of finding enjoyment, everyone else's opinions be damned—and she's totally unafraid to get loud and exuberant with her message.While these sections are compelling in their own right, the majority of the book is devoted to Byer's photoshoot with Kim Newmoney in a variety of bikinis across Los Angeles. In a way, she's putting her money where her mouth is. While it's one thing for Byer to stress the importance of loving your body, she gets out and proves she loves her through a series of fun, beautiful, and occasionally wacky pictures. Along the way, she shares some tips about how she pulls off such seemingly effortless looks, which are genuinely useful.Light on words, big on personality, #VERYFAT #VERYBRAVE is a much needed-welcomed voice on positivity.Note: I received a free ARC of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss.Review also posted at https://pluckedfromthestacks.wordpres...
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  • Devann
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalleyThis was so much fun! I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from this but I love body positivity and I love Nailed It! [and always think all of Nicole's outfits on there are so cute] so I figured I would give it a shot. The first part of the book is some humorous commentary on how to find a bikini that is 'right for your body' [hint: if you can put it on and you like it then it's right for you!] along with some stories about Nicole's feelings abo I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalleyThis was so much fun! I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from this but I love body positivity and I love Nailed It! [and always think all of Nicole's outfits on there are so cute] so I figured I would give it a shot. The first part of the book is some humorous commentary on how to find a bikini that is 'right for your body' [hint: if you can put it on and you like it then it's right for you!] along with some stories about Nicole's feelings about her body throughout her life, then most of the rest is pictures of her in tons and tons of bikinis with funny captions. I think it was a really cute and funny book and I'm jealous of all her awesome bikinis! I usually just wear bikini bottoms with a sports bra / crop top combo because I have not been able to find a bikini top that works for me since I passed a C cup, but I am showing my stomach so I am still #verybrave ;)
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  • Madara
    January 1, 1970
    A solid 3.5I remember binge watching Girl Code years ago and Nailed It on Netflix is my not so guilty pleasure. Nicole is loud, funny, #veryfat and #verybrave .I've never been supper comfortable in a bikini, but dammit, Nicole, now I want to buy a new bikini. Or 2.#VERYFAT #VERYBRAVE: The Fat Girl's Guide to Being #Brave and Not a Dejected, Melancholy, Down-in-the-Dumps Weeping Fat Girl in a Bikini is not a memoir. This is a book about learning to love your body and be ok about the jiggle, the e A solid 3.5I remember binge watching Girl Code years ago and Nailed It on Netflix is my not so guilty pleasure. Nicole is loud, funny, #veryfat and #verybrave .I've never been supper comfortable in a bikini, but dammit, Nicole, now I want to buy a new bikini. Or 2.#VERYFAT #VERYBRAVE: The Fat Girl's Guide to Being #Brave and Not a Dejected, Melancholy, Down-in-the-Dumps Weeping Fat Girl in a Bikini is not a memoir. This is a book about learning to love your body and be ok about the jiggle, the extra skin, the imperfections. Nicole is not glorifying being unhealthy and she is all for staying healthy and active. She gives advice on how to choose the perfect bikini, how to deal with hate and list all the cool things you can do while wearing a bikini.My only critique is that there's very little text and a lot of pictures.Review copy provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Becky Gaiovnik
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ⁣⁣#VERYFAT #VERYBRAVE was absolutely extraordinary. I already loved Nicole Byer but then she went out and wrote a book about wearing bikinis. There’s only a few chapters of text and the rest is filled with gorgeous pictures and funny quips about all the bad things that can happen in the world because a fat woman chose to expose some skin. My favorite- “A cute picture of me pretending to let a shark eat me, let’s get f***ing re I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ⁣⁣#VERYFAT #VERYBRAVE was absolutely extraordinary. I already loved Nicole Byer but then she went out and wrote a book about wearing bikinis. There’s only a few chapters of text and the rest is filled with gorgeous pictures and funny quips about all the bad things that can happen in the world because a fat woman chose to expose some skin. My favorite- “A cute picture of me pretending to let a shark eat me, let’s get f***ing real: if I met a shark in the ocean, I would beat it to death first with my t** and then eat it raw while I floated on my back. #veryfat #verybrave” ⁣⁣After I recommend this to everyone I know, this lady might just get #brave and buy a bikini.
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  • Mariah
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley.I need to start this by saying that I LOVE Nicole Byer. Half the reason I enjoy Nailed It! so much is because of Nicole, the other half of me just basks in chaos, but that is neither here nor there.I kind of freaked out when I heard of this book because it sounded like something I would enjoy and catered to a lot of my interests.Those interests being:- Being a fat poc- Enjoying expressing myself through clothes (we're considering bikinis 'clothes' for ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley.I need to start this by saying that I LOVE Nicole Byer. Half the reason I enjoy Nailed It! so much is because of Nicole, the other half of me just basks in chaos, but that is neither here nor there.I kind of freaked out when I heard of this book because it sounded like something I would enjoy and catered to a lot of my interests.Those interests being:- Being a fat poc- Enjoying expressing myself through clothes (we're considering bikinis 'clothes' for the sake of this review)- Enjoying freaking people out in yoga/pilates classes by being Fat & Flexible (& Strong - I tried finding a synonym for 'Strong' that started with F for the sake of alliteration but I could not, so here we are) - Enjoying booksEnough about the me though, let's talk about this book. Yes, it's mostly pictures of Nicole in a bikini, but honestly, what did you expect? But whatever small part of this is actual text is very enjoyable and definitely shines with Nicole's personality and charisma. I strongly related with a lot of her experiences and laughed way too loudly and snorted unattractively during several bits.This book is a breath of fresh air and can turn a bad day on it's head. It can also be a stepping stone to #Brave.I have not yet reached Nicole's level of #Brave, but I definitely feel like this brought me closer.Late last year I started wearing shorts and crop tops when taking my dogs out to the dog park, as well as tank tops, so you know, baby steps. Very fat baby steps. Spoiler alert: there's a picture of Nicole wearing a bikini and walking her dogs, so who knows? Maybe one day!
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  • San
    January 1, 1970
    I like Nicole's stand ups and I really curious when I saw this title on NetGalley.This book is exactly as Nicole - funny, hilarious and so positive. I love her #bravery and confidence and the way she shows how to learn to love your body.You can find in this book many funny and amazing photos. And Nicole rocks all of them!Thanks to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for providing a copy of the book in exchange for honest review.
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  • Mehsi
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.I just adore Nicole Byer (Nailed it is just amazing) and I love these books about body positivity. So I had to try out this book, and I can tell you I loved it and will be adding it to my collection when the book releases in May!This book is about body positivity and then especially doing stuff in a bikini. Nicole can list around 199 things you can do in a bikini and encourages you to add some more. Some of the things include ba I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.I just adore Nicole Byer (Nailed it is just amazing) and I love these books about body positivity. So I had to try out this book, and I can tell you I loved it and will be adding it to my collection when the book releases in May!This book is about body positivity and then especially doing stuff in a bikini. Nicole can list around 199 things you can do in a bikini and encourages you to add some more. Some of the things include baking bacon (though she recommends not wearing a bikini for that :P), bench-pressing a baby, throwing bags of potatoes in the ocean, and more. I had such a big laugh at this one.She even includes a guide on finding a special bikini for two occasions and there are plenty of tips on how to overcome and be brave! I loved reading those tips. I am not fat or overweight, but I got enough body issues that I drive my hubby crazy, so I was happy with those tips. I hope I don’t offend someone, given that this book is about fat + bravery and I am in the OK weight range. But yeah, body issues are real. God, I wish I could just love my body. 🙁She also shares her journey on how she became #brave and #fierce (as I would call her). And then there are questions and tricks. I loved all of it! Especially her specific responses to insults. I am glad I am not the only one responding in that kind of way to people. 😛And now we are at the photographs. There are A LOT of fun and great photographs of Nicole Byer trying out every and all bikini that she can. In many places. From public to private. Mix and matching, posing, and I loved how much fun she was having doing all this. Her bikinis are awesome! I had a laugh at the captions she put under the photographs (rip pig husband), though at some I was wondering if she was serious or not about what she said there.All in all, this was a terrific book and I love that Nicole Byer’s voice came out loud and clear while I was reading this. It was as if she was sitting next to me. I would recommend this book to all. Fans of Nicole Byer, people who need more #bravery #bodypositivity.Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/
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  • Javier
    January 1, 1970
    I only discovered Nicole Byer when "Nailed it!" came on Netflix a couple years ago and I instantly fell in love with her, so when this morning I saw on NG that she had a book coming out next May I inmediately grabbed it without even checking out what it was all about. #VeryFat VeryBrave is a photobook with tips and tricks to find the perfect bikini, how to handle haters, and overall to help other people to feel brave by embracing their body as it is. There are some funny quotes, some insight on I only discovered Nicole Byer when "Nailed it!" came on Netflix a couple years ago and I instantly fell in love with her, so when this morning I saw on NG that she had a book coming out next May I inmediately grabbed it without even checking out what it was all about. #VeryFat VeryBrave is a photobook with tips and tricks to find the perfect bikini, how to handle haters, and overall to help other people to feel brave by embracing their body as it is. There are some funny quotes, some insight on how she came to accept herself as she is throughout her childhood, teens and adult life and tons of pictures or "visual representations of bravery" where she wears a impressive collection of bikinis in public spaces. They were sooo good and funny, specially once you find out that all of them were taken in 6 days.I loved the message she's trying to get across on how to be more confident in yourself while being her usual funny self. But the most important thing I take out of this book is the next message, that I think we should always keep in our minds: "I've more or less just decided life is already really fucking hard and I don't want to spend it hating what I see in the mirror".Thanks to Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Steph Carr
    January 1, 1970
    The writing is hilarious and entertaining. I'd rate this higher if there was more of it, but a hefty chunk is bikini pictures. The captions are amusing, but I'd rather it have more meat to the actual book. Side note... how bizarre is it that I know exactly where the Kansas strip club she mentions is? Lol
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Nicole Byers is the BOMB!! This book is amazing. I am so glad that Ms. Byers has allowed us into her life. Every picture was a work of art and what a lovely model. Photogenic to the omg degree. When I look upon Nicole Byers, I do see brave. What i do not see is fat. She is beautiful, gregarious, vivacious, and fearless, or should I say she has less fear. And those stealy comebacks are priceless. What a breath of fresh air from a lovely and humorous lady. Thank you!Thank you to NetGalley, the pub Nicole Byers is the BOMB!! This book is amazing. I am so glad that Ms. Byers has allowed us into her life. Every picture was a work of art and what a lovely model. Photogenic to the omg degree. When I look upon Nicole Byers, I do see brave. What i do not see is fat. She is beautiful, gregarious, vivacious, and fearless, or should I say she has less fear. And those stealy comebacks are priceless. What a breath of fresh air from a lovely and humorous lady. Thank you!Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher, and Nicole Byers for this ARC in return for an honest review
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  • Shae
    January 1, 1970
    Publisher Synopsis:The actress, comedian, and podcaster extraordinaire’s guide to being a #brave, bikini-wearing badass.If you’ve ever seen a fat person post a bikini shot on social media, you already know that they are #verybrave, because apparently existing in a fat body in public is #brave. I, Nicole Byer, wrote this book to 1. share my impressive bikini collection and my hot body with the world and 2. help other people feel #brave by embracing their body as it is. In this book, I share my jo Publisher Synopsis:The actress, comedian, and podcaster extraordinaire’s guide to being a #brave, bikini-wearing badass.If you’ve ever seen a fat person post a bikini shot on social media, you already know that they are #verybrave, because apparently existing in a fat body in public is #brave. I, Nicole Byer, wrote this book to 1. share my impressive bikini collection and my hot body with the world and 2. help other people feel #brave by embracing their body as it is. In this book, I share my journey to becoming #brave, give you my hot tips and tricks—on how to find the perfect bikini, how to find your own #bravery, and how to handle haters—and serve you over 100 bikini looks.Review:Disclaimer: I use the word fat in this review as Nicole does in her book. It is not a bad word and is not intended to be replaced with words such as curvy or plus-size because Nicole admits she is fat. I am also fat, but I am also plus size and curvy, and use those terms interchangably and whenever each is suitable. But I am still fat.It’s a shame a book has to be published about fat women being positive in their own bodies, AND with the disclaimer that the author isn’t encouraging readers to live an unhealthy life. It’s 2020, How haven’t we reached a point where everybody is thinking like Nicole Byer already?What I love about this book (apart from EVERYTHING) is that on top of hilarious and outragous tangents of life stories is a message that every fat person who wants to wear bikinis (I originally wrote “woman” but then decided if a fat man wants to wear a bikini who the hell am I to judge him?) needs to know. And that message is that we are beautiful. YOU are beautiful! YES, YOU READING THIS! You are beautiful! Every body is a bikini body. I’ve said this before and i’ll say it until the day I die.Nicole had me laughing my big fat belly off with every story she told and every tangent that she took me on. It’s written in a way that comes across exactly as she sounds, so it’s great to put a voice to the words. I have to reiterate that Nicole’s idiosyncrasies are present throughout each story and anecdote and I can not get enough of them. I had no idea that upon the completion of reading this book would I be much the wiser about what the appropriate tip amount is at strip clubs or drag shows.I’m completed okay to admit that my review is biased on the reasons that I’m fat and a huge Nicole Byer fan (is being fat a bias for this review? probably not, but the skinny folk probably think so) but at the end of the day this book is using personal stories and real life experiences (even from behind the scenes) to send a message that should already be instilled in the brain of all of us.So for that, 5 stars.My sincerest thanks to Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for a copy of this book in exchange for my review.
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  • Dorothy Young
    January 1, 1970
    this book is so funny and perfect. as a longtime fan of nicole from her podcasts, standup, and loosely exactly nicole, i think this book is NOT just for those of us already enamored of her humor and personality. as a fat woman i actually both laughed and felt very touched by the self help elements. the pictures are all beautifully shot and i love seeing all the fun swimsuit options! it makes me want to order bikinis and wear them around my house—just like nicole! this is a great coffee table boo this book is so funny and perfect. as a longtime fan of nicole from her podcasts, standup, and loosely exactly nicole, i think this book is NOT just for those of us already enamored of her humor and personality. as a fat woman i actually both laughed and felt very touched by the self help elements. the pictures are all beautifully shot and i love seeing all the fun swimsuit options! it makes me want to order bikinis and wear them around my house—just like nicole! this is a great coffee table book; i literally leave it out so i can flip through it and giggle.
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  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    I loooooove Nicole Byer and am a follower of the extensive Nicole Byer podcast universe (Why Won't You Date Me?, Drag Her, Best Friends, Newcomers, 90 Day Bae). I have seen her perform stand-up. So I might not be in the best position to be objective about this book of photos and inspiration, but I thought it was funny and vibrant and fun to read.
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  • The Library Belle
    January 1, 1970
    It was a Sunday night, I'd been in lockdown for over two months, I'd just read a string of intense thrillers and I was looking for a book that would just make me happy. #VERYFAT #VERYBRAVE by Nicole Byer was perfect. Between the beautiful color photos of Byer's impressive bikini collection and her captions and anecdotes that made me laugh out loud, this book put me in a better mood. It's positive without being precious and addresses the cruelty that makes the #veryfat have to be #verybrave simpl It was a Sunday night, I'd been in lockdown for over two months, I'd just read a string of intense thrillers and I was looking for a book that would just make me happy. #VERYFAT #VERYBRAVE by Nicole Byer was perfect. Between the beautiful color photos of Byer's impressive bikini collection and her captions and anecdotes that made me laugh out loud, this book put me in a better mood. It's positive without being precious and addresses the cruelty that makes the #veryfat have to be #verybrave simply to go about their daily activities without being preachy. No matter where you are on the #fat and #brave continuums, this book has something you'll enjoy. If you're looking for a pick-me-up, pick it up.
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  • Dana
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Net Galley and Andrews McMell Publishing for an advanced copy of this book. Greatly appreciated!!The cover of this book immediately caught my eye. I love Nicole Byer (host of Nailed It! and numerous entertaining podcasts), and I had no idea she wrote a book! What can’t she do!? Looking at the cover there was a straight up goddess staring back at me. I’ve been between a size 12 and 22 over the last few years and I have never shied away from wearing a two-piece bathing suit, but I unders Thank you Net Galley and Andrews McMell Publishing for an advanced copy of this book. Greatly appreciated!!The cover of this book immediately caught my eye. I love Nicole Byer (host of Nailed It! and numerous entertaining podcasts), and I had no idea she wrote a book! What can’t she do!? Looking at the cover there was a straight up goddess staring back at me. I’ve been between a size 12 and 22 over the last few years and I have never shied away from wearing a two-piece bathing suit, but I understood why people do. The title cracked me up because I have been on the receiving end of quite a few good-for-yous, the almost equivalent of calling a fat girl “brave” with that unnecessary extra bounce of “I support you! See?” It made me feel like we’re sharing a private joke about how ridiculous people sound when they’re…trying to praise your fat body? I don’t know, but it felt special to me.In this book Byer shares her struggles with self-love, body positivity, and “chub rub.” She encourages you to find an exercise that you love, that brings you joy and helps to make you understand and appreciate your body more. Wearing a bikini and exercising are for your enjoyment, no one else’s. Byer provides a comprehensive and hilarious list of Activities You Can Do In a Bikini ranging from the mundane (golf, text your aunt) to the absurd (Get a commercial driver’s license) and includes a reference to one of the most underrated comedies of the past twenty five years, Eddie, starring Whoopi Goldberg as a limo driver who wins a contest to become head coach of the New York Knicks. Byer’s point is that you can do anything while wearing a bikini, her goal is to normalize it. One of the biggest takeaways for me is Byer wants you to describe her as fat. Not chubby, plus size, or heavy. FAT. She wants people to acknowledge her right to exist in this world as she is while encouraging others to realize that about themselves. Fat people have just as much right to take up space as anyone else. So, why wait until you lose five or fifty pounds to wear that bathing suit that caught your eye? If Byer’s prose doesn’t sway you, then the photos should. Byer shows off a significant number of her colorful, patterned 100+ bikinis each accompanied by a tongue in cheek caption to draw attention to the absurdity of criticizing a fat woman in a bikini. For example, she’s dressed as Lil’ Kim in the cover photo and refers to herself as BIG KIM in the caption. She uses some form of #brave in every caption and calls out tropes and slapstick scenarios that have been used to describe fat people in the past.I loved this book. Byer spends more time coaching the reader into self-love than she does sharing her story. Her photos do not come off as self-indulgent, rather they provide the reader with a show and tell about appreciating their bodies, and themselves, where they are at in the moment.
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  • Amber Slagle
    January 1, 1970
    I love Nicole Byer on "Nailed It!" So I couldn't wait to read this book. I was thinking this book was going to be a little more like an autobiography and would go into more of her life. However, this book is literally her in many different bikinis and explaining to everyone on how they should be #brave and own it. I have to say, she looks great in her bikinis because she is totally confident and comfortable in her own skin. She does mention at the beginning of the book that she doesn't condone t I love Nicole Byer on "Nailed It!" So I couldn't wait to read this book. I was thinking this book was going to be a little more like an autobiography and would go into more of her life. However, this book is literally her in many different bikinis and explaining to everyone on how they should be #brave and own it. I have to say, she looks great in her bikinis because she is totally confident and comfortable in her own skin. She does mention at the beginning of the book that she doesn't condone this unhealthy lifestyle, but you have to work with what you got. This book will definitely help anyone with body image issues and since summer is coming soon, I'm hoping this will help me get ready for swimsuit weather. Thanks Netgalley and the publisher for my eARC in exchange for my honest review!
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I contributed this review to Really Into ThisCheck out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.comHappy Reading, friends!Special thanks to Andrews McMeel Publishing for providing our copy in exchange for an honest & fair review.If you're a fan of Nicole Byer, you will enjoy this book. Now, what I mean to say is if you know Nicole from things OTHER than Nailed It! Nicole is open, honest, authentic & truly - Nicole. There are lots of photos of her modeling bikinis and plenty of advice to tell I contributed this review to Really Into ThisCheck out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.comHappy Reading, friends!Special thanks to Andrews McMeel Publishing for providing our copy in exchange for an honest & fair review.If you're a fan of Nicole Byer, you will enjoy this book. Now, what I mean to say is if you know Nicole from things OTHER than Nailed It! Nicole is open, honest, authentic & truly - Nicole. There are lots of photos of her modeling bikinis and plenty of advice to tell haters to gently go F themselves. This title is also a better look into Nicole's life, her philosophies & what motivates her. I love her podcast, her shows & I'm a true fan. Also, I think they should turn this book and her quotes into a calendar.
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  • Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed for Wit and Sin Nicole Byer is the main reason I watch Netflix’s Nailed It! and I love her sense of humor, so of course I jumped on the opportunity to review this book. #VERYFAT #VERYBRAVE is funny, honest, and #brave all rolled together with over one hundred photos of Ms. Byer rockin’ different bikinis.Any fat person knows that showing even a little bit of skin on the internet makes you either #brave or subject to relentless trolling (or both). Ms. Byer gives the middle finger t Reviewed for Wit and Sin Nicole Byer is the main reason I watch Netflix’s Nailed It! and I love her sense of humor, so of course I jumped on the opportunity to review this book. #VERYFAT #VERYBRAVE is funny, honest, and #brave all rolled together with over one hundred photos of Ms. Byer rockin’ different bikinis.Any fat person knows that showing even a little bit of skin on the internet makes you either #brave or subject to relentless trolling (or both). Ms. Byer gives the middle finger to haters in this book and shares her journey to being #brave and embracing her love of bikinis. I loved Ms. Byer’s snark, sass, and refreshing honesty when it comes to finding the courage to love yourself, live your life how you want to, and deal with the haters who feel the need to comment on your body. I may not be ready to be #brave like Ms. Byer, but I definitely finished this book with a better mindset.Most of the book consists of photos and they are gorgeously done. Ms. Byer doesn’t just look great in the photos; Kim Newmoney captures her spirit as well. All in all, #VERYFAT #VERYBRAVE is a funny and emotionally honest book that encourages people to be #brave and screw the haters.FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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  • Josh
    January 1, 1970
    So I just joined Netgalley and was excited to see that 1) Nicole Byer has a book coming out and 2) said book was available to me for reading. I got to know Nicole Byer through Nailed It on Netflix. The tone of this book (#VeryFat #VeryBrave) is written is Ms. Byer’s signature humor and sarcasm. Although this may not translate well for those who have never seen her on tv, I found the book funny and, at times, heartfelt and thought provoking. There were moments I, literally, laughed out loud. But So I just joined Netgalley and was excited to see that 1) Nicole Byer has a book coming out and 2) said book was available to me for reading. I got to know Nicole Byer through Nailed It on Netflix. The tone of this book (#VeryFat #VeryBrave) is written is Ms. Byer’s signature humor and sarcasm. Although this may not translate well for those who have never seen her on tv, I found the book funny and, at times, heartfelt and thought provoking. There were moments I, literally, laughed out loud. But just when I thought the sarcasm might detract from the perfect opportunity to open people’s minds, Ms. Byers would hit with some beautiful insights. Although, from the description of the book, I anticipated some pictures; I wasn’t prepared for THAT many pictures and so few words. I would’ve appreciated more stories from her life and experiences. But speaking of the pictures, they are STUNNING! Nicole Byers is a beautiful woman, inside and out!
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  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    #veryfat #verybrave is an in your face collection of tips, tricks and love to help you be the #bravest, most confident you in a bikini that you can be. While there isn't a whole lot of text throughout the book, what is there is exactly what Byer claims to have written. There are a lot of lists in here from what you can do and eat in a bikini, to what to say for getting fat-shamed in a bikini. There are a lot of beautiful high quality colored pictures of Byer rocking numerous bikinis and rocking #veryfat #verybrave is an in your face collection of tips, tricks and love to help you be the #bravest, most confident you in a bikini that you can be. While there isn't a whole lot of text throughout the book, what is there is exactly what Byer claims to have written. There are a lot of lists in here from what you can do and eat in a bikini, to what to say for getting fat-shamed in a bikini. There are a lot of beautiful high quality colored pictures of Byer rocking numerous bikinis and rocking body positivity. Due to there not being all that much text in this book, you could easily get through it in an hour or so. I personally think this would be a great coffee table book to pick up whenever you have a few minutes and need to absorb some body positivity. I wanted to read this book because I'm a big fan of Nicole Byer. I absolutely love her fun and engaging personality. I am so happy to say that I was not disappointed, Nicole's humor and fun side are shown on every page.
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  • Tanya
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Netgally and the author for the gifted copy, all thoughts are completely my own.This book is chalked full of bikini pics and swear words lol. The writing is very unapologetic. Some responses come off extremely defensive but then again the statements said are extremely rude. If you want to look at a bunch of cute bikinis on someone who unapologetically loves their body (you go girl!) then this book is for you.
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  • Moira
    January 1, 1970
    Do you ever read the book and can clearly hear the authors exact voice in your head? I could hear Nicole Byer’s voice coming through loud and clear like I was sitting next to her on the Nailed It stage. Queen Nicole is the friend we all want and need. She’s got the confidence we all aspire to have. She was honest and heartfelt all while making me Laugh and cheer. It is light on text but rich in images. There are some great tips and amazing words of advice found on the pages of this book. ARC pro Do you ever read the book and can clearly hear the authors exact voice in your head? I could hear Nicole Byer’s voice coming through loud and clear like I was sitting next to her on the Nailed It stage. Queen Nicole is the friend we all want and need. She’s got the confidence we all aspire to have. She was honest and heartfelt all while making me Laugh and cheer. It is light on text but rich in images. There are some great tips and amazing words of advice found on the pages of this book. ARC provided by #NetGalley in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.
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  • Katie P.
    January 1, 1970
    This and more reviews -> Book Bustle#VERYFAT #VERYBRAVE: The Fat Girl's Guide to Being #Brave and Not a Dejected , Melancholy, Down-in-the-Dumps Weeping Fat Girl in a Bikini is a brand new humorous memoir from Nicole Byer. I have been a fan of Nicole since seeing her on Nailed It! And listening to numerous podcast appearances. She is a great writer and comedian, I was so excited when I was approved for this book! More than anything, this title made me laugh and inspired me to have more confidenc This and more reviews -> Book Bustle#VERYFAT #VERYBRAVE: The Fat Girl's Guide to Being #Brave and Not a Dejected , Melancholy, Down-in-the-Dumps Weeping Fat Girl in a Bikini is a brand new humorous memoir from Nicole Byer. I have been a fan of Nicole since seeing her on Nailed It! And listening to numerous podcast appearances. She is a great writer and comedian, I was so excited when I was approved for this book! More than anything, this title made me laugh and inspired me to have more confidence, not only when wearing a bathing suit, but in my everyday life. The focus of this book is gaining confidence, facing your fears, and wearing that bikini. As a fat girl myself, I have struggled with body confidence and body positivity for so long. Nicole is already a great comedy writer and this book made me love her even more. From the instructions on how to buy a bikini to the foods to eat while wearing a bikini to advice on being #brave to strip club visits to reactions when someone decides to comment on your body. This book is amazing and inspiring!Here’s a line I particularly loved:"But maybe I wouldn't have to be #brave if we stopped defining people's bodies as anything other than just bodies."This is the message, body positivity can be achieved without comparing your body to someone else's. It's your body and shouldn't be defined as something other than just a body. It's your right to live in the body you have. Also, Nicole repeatedly refers to herself as a "li'l water baby" and I couldn’t not stop laughing. Every time it popped up, I cackled and repeated the words out loud. It's just fantastic.Final Thoughts: As Nicole repeatedly points out, a bikini body is just a body with a bikini on it. The pictures are marvelous and sprinkled throughout the book, until the end when there is a barrage of gorgeous pictures of Nicole's bikini's. When I grow up, I want to have her attitude and her confidence. Indeed, I think this book has given me the tools to get there. It's funny, it's well written, and my gosh was it a joy to read. It was truly a li'l treat for me!I received a galley copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Ashley Rowe Palafox
    January 1, 1970
    Nicole Byer is a fucking treasure, these beautiful photos are a joy, and her words are hilarious and life-affirming at once. My only qualm with this book is how many times she says something like “you can change your body if you want to.” Please do not buy into the idea that people “should” change their bodies “if they want to” (or even that most people successfully can). Just put on your hot dog swimsuit and enjoy the body you have.
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  • Courtney
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVE Nicole Byer, so I was really excited that she wrote a book. However, the ratio of writing to photos is really disproportionate, and it wasn't what I was looking for out of a book by a comedian (funny stories/essays). While there were some really good pieces of writing, it was so minimal (I would've LOVED more elaboration on a lot of the things she talked about), and I hope she does write another book that is more "traditional' and is more writing based than picture based. If you are looki I LOVE Nicole Byer, so I was really excited that she wrote a book. However, the ratio of writing to photos is really disproportionate, and it wasn't what I was looking for out of a book by a comedian (funny stories/essays). While there were some really good pieces of writing, it was so minimal (I would've LOVED more elaboration on a lot of the things she talked about), and I hope she does write another book that is more "traditional' and is more writing based than picture based. If you are looking for what the book is (a majority of photos and call to action to be #brave), you will enjoy it. If you're looking more for something more heavy on prose, this isn't the book for you. I do feel bad for not liking this more because I really do love Nicole Byer; I just like my books to be more book-y.Thanks to NetGalley/the publisher for an ARC!
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