It’s true! I need a girl gang made of science nerds!
Major props to Destiny Murtagh from The Plus Side and her own Youtube channel for her endless praise for this body positive book that every big girl needs.
You’re probably like what on earth are you talking about?
I’m talking about:
Mammoth by Jill Baguchinsky
The summer before her junior year, paleontology geek Natalie Page lands a coveted internship at an Ice Age dig site near Austin. Natalie, who’s also a plus-size fashion blogger, depends on the retro style she developed to shield herself from her former bullies, but vintage dresses and perfect lipstick aren’t compatible with prospecting for fossils in the Texas heat. But nothing is going to dampen Natalie’s spirit — she’s exactly where she wants to be, and she gets to work with her hero, a rock-star paleontologist who hosts the most popular paleo podcast in the world. And then there’s Chase the intern, who’s seriously cute, and Cody, a local boy who’d be even cuter if he were less of a grouch.
It’s a summer that promises to be about more than just mammoths.
Until it isn’t.
When Natalie’s hero turns out to be anything but, and steals the credit for one of her accomplishments, Nat has to unearth the confidence she needs to stand out in a field dominated by dudes. To do this, she’ll have to let her true self shine, even if that means defying all the rules for the sake of a major discovery.
This book is GOLD.
Natalie Page is a girl who can definitely do both. She’s a plus-size fashion blogger with the heart of a science nerd. Her blog Fossilista is dedicated to both loves of her life, fashion and paleontology.
Natalie has just received the news, she’s been waiting for. She has the opportunity to work as an intern on an Ice Age dig site hosted by her paleo hero.
Nat is a true example of what a plus size MC is. She has her good days where her confidence is rock solid and she’s rocking her pin up lipstick. She also has the days where her confidence is shaken but she still rocks her red lipstick. It’s like she uses it as her armor. As a plus size girl myself, I had relate to her need to look like she’s completely fine when she’s really not. I had a lot of those days in 2017 after I suffered a severe ankle injury. That’s another story for another day but I am up and walking around again.
Nat rocks her lipstick like a shield until her internship. Retro dresses and vintage suede flats aren’t exactly compatible for life in the Texas heat. I loved being able to see Natalie’s adjustment to her own skin without her armor. It is the ups and downs that she experiences along her own to self love that makes her so relatable.
As a plus-size woman myself, I experience those same ups and downs in my self confidence.
So seriously thank you Jill for writing a real plus-size MC that experiences true plus-size issues!
And another thanks to Destiny for introducing me to Natalie 🙂
To my fellow Plus-size women….you are BEAUTIFUL, you are POWERFUL, and you are PERFECT.
Don’t let anyone else tell you differently.
Check out Destiny on youtube, twitter and instagram where she shares her own journey to loving herself.