Books to Help Teens Have a Healthy Body Image

No matter your shape or size, insecurities about how you look get amplified during the teen years. That's when reading about how compelling teen characters -- and how real-life teens -- cope with the pressure to look good or live up to stereotypes of physical perfection can help. The books we've selected tackle this issue from all sorts of angles, from the price of beauty to combating gender expectations. For more compelling teen reads, check out our Books for Teens and Coming-of-Age Books.

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The Belles Book Poster Image
Richly imagined dark fantasy explores the price of beauty.
By Dhonielle Clayton
(2018)
(2018)
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Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance Book Poster Image
Uplifting memoir of teen Olympic medalist, ex-foster kid.
By Simone Biles, Michelle Burford
(2017)
(2016)
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Starfish Book Poster Image
Biracial teen learns to love herself in heartbreaking novel.
By Akemi Dawn Bowman
(2018)
(2017)
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Dumplin' Book Poster Image
Smart, funny, plus-size coming-of-age story.
By Julie Murphy
(2015)
(2015)
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Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story Book Poster Image
Gay teen's coming out becomes a musical in fun, campy novel.
By David Levithan
(2015)
(2015)
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Holding Up the Universe Book Poster Image
Insightful, inspiring romance full of surprises.
By Jennifer Niven
(2016)
(2016)
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Only Ever Yours Book Poster Image
Disturbing, riveting dystopian novel skewers beauty values.
By Louise O'Neill
(2015)
(2015)
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The Upside of Unrequited Book Poster Image
A sweet and funny story about finally finding first love.
By Becky Albertalli
(2017)
(2017)
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