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The Body Is Not an Apology

By Barbara Saunders, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Ambitious exploration of the power of self-love.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

A life-changing book that is essential for modern teens - especially those navigating the current social media landscape

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The techniques that make Taylor's poetry intriguing don't all translate well to prose in The Body Is Not an Apology. The poem consists of a series of metaphors for broken or devalued things that the body is not. Here, this multitude of metaphors isn't as effective. For example, body-shame is both "a fog" and "an assassination." Trying to reframe thoughts about your body is both "trying on a new coat" and "free diving despite feeling fear."

In addition, the book's primary point of view is "we." While that's meant to be inclusive, it often feels presumptuous, imprecise, or both. Sometimes the "we" encompasses discrete groups of people, including both people who say things like "I don't see color" and people of color who feel erased by that language. And at other times, Taylor writes "we" when seemingly describing a personal experience of her own or a specific belief or experience that readers may or may not share. Still, the book's exercises and inquiries are interesting and can be useful for starting conversations about self-love and the acceptance of others.

Book Details

  • Author: Sonya Renee Taylor
  • Genre: Body Awareness
  • Topics: Activism
  • Book type: Non-Fiction
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler
  • Publication date: July 17, 2020
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 18
  • Number of pages: 137
  • Available on: Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: September 25, 2020

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