Thursday, August 20, 2020

Body Talk by Kelly Jensen - OPTIONAL

Body Talk: 37 Voices Explore Our Radical Anatomy by Kelly Jensen, 256 pages. Algonquin Young Readers (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill), 2020. $17.

Language: R (44 swears, 5 “f”); Mature Content: PG13; Violence: PG13



While all of us have bodies, not all bodies are the same. Most of us have several similarities, but the media often focuses on our differences and what makes us imperfect. Each of the voices sharing their story here admits their imperfections as assigned by the media thrown into our faces, and each of them choose to dismiss that view and love themselves instead.

This book has two main purposes that I could see. First, the writers are fighting stereotypes of ableism, sexism, racism, and sizeism by informing readers of their realities. Secondly, the writers address fears and issues that not everyone experiences but use their differences to reach out to all readers, saying that, no matter how you fall short of the image of the media, you are amazing. The mature content rating is for mention of alcohol, sexual assault, oral sex, digital sex, and vaginal sex; discussion of masturbation and sexual organs; and drawn illustrations of nude men and women. The violence rating is for mention of child abuse, self harm, and eating disorders.

Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen

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