My Ideal Boyfriend Is a Croissant by Laura Dockrill – This honest, laugh-out-loud novel brimming with body positivity, bite-sized nuggets of feminism, and commentary on eating will have readers rooting for sixteen-year-old BB as she navigates her world while maintaining her plucky zest for life even in the most trying of times.
It’s a food diary. I have to tell the truth. That’s the point.
Sixteen-year-old Bluebelle, also known as BB or Big Bones, lives her life unapologetically. She loves life! She loves food!
When BB has a worse-than-usual asthma attack, her mom insists she go to the doctor. There, she is told that she is overweight (no surprise) and prediabetic (big surprise) and must lose weight, move more, and keep a food diary. To get out of this immediate health crisis, she agrees to make an effort.
Then a tragedy occurs in the family, and things get seriously complicated. Suddenly, losing weight and moving more are the least of her worries. As for the food diary, though, BB doesn’t just document what she’s eating, she documents what she’s feeling–and she has a lot to say!
A CLIP Carnegie Medal Children’s Book Award Nominee
Publisher: Delacorte Press (July 16, 2019)
Genre: Young Adult
About the author: Laura Dockrill is an author, illustrator and performance poet whose wonderfully inventive and vibrant approach to life is reflected in the rich and vividly imagined worlds she creates. Laura grew up in Brixton and attended the Brit School and still lives in London. She has always had a vivacious spark, finding creativity in words – from poetry to novels and scripts to song lyrics.
She is author of CILIP Carnegie Medal nominated YA novel Lorali and its sequel Aurabel, as well as the Darcy Burdock series for younger readers, which was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in 2014. Other books include Echoes, a collection of poems and short stories and a number of adult poetry collections. Her debut children’s poetry collection, My Mum’s Growing Down, was published in August 2017 by Faber & Faber.
Children’s books are at the heart of her work. She curated The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl exhibition at the Southbank Centre and loves to visit schools and festivals and meet young readers who are as spirited as her. Laura has appeared on Blue Peter and CBeebies and is a frequent poet performer at festivals including Glastonbury, Hay, Edinburgh, London Literary Festival and Latitud.
Review of My Ideal Boyfriend
My Ideal Boyfriend Is a Croissant is a young adult novel that is sure to make you stop and think. A story with a food theme about a girl named Bluebelle, aka Big Bones, who loves food. After her mother drags her to an appointment with a nurse, she is encouraged to keep a food diary. Bluebelle is a body confident 16 -year-old who is close to her sister. She feels like she knows exactly what she wants to do in life. Her sister is the complete opposite. She can eat whatever she wants and not gain an ounce. When a family tragedy strikes, it makes Bluebelle stop and take a closer look at her relationship with food. Soon she starts to take care of health and her addiction to food.
Dockrill has written a heartfelt emotional story that is sure to send you on a roller coaster of emotions as you read the struggles that Bluebelle faces each day. She sheds a light on how damaging and painful the diet culture is to anyone who is overweight. She stresses just how important it is to take care of yourself and how much fun it is to be alive living life to the fullest. My Ideal Boyfriend Is a Croissant is a beautifully written story with a powerful message perfect for young adult readers. ** I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.**