Michelle Elman – Am I Ugly?

I’ve been following Michelle on Instagram for quite a while (if you’re not following her, check her out, her feed is brill), and when I saw her book was reduced on Kindle, I had to buy it.

I love what Michelle has to say about body positivity and looking after your own mental health, and although I didn’t really know what the book was about, I knew it would be a good read.

I was completely shocked by the book, I had no idea all the things that the author has been through in her life. It would be easy for anyone who has gone through those things to feel sorry for themselves, but Michelle writes with such clarity and emotion that it felt like I was being taken along in her life story as she wrote it.

Attending a super competitive (and not at all nurturing school), Michelle would already be able to say she’d had a difficult upbringing, but if you then combine that with 15 surgeries and the complications that come with that, she’s nothing short of an inspiration.

Despite the myriad things that Michelle went through in her childhood, she writes with a humour and a warmth that shone from the pages of the book, and with her suffering of PTSD, this cannot have been easy to write.

Michelle rose to internet fame when a picture of her in a bikini went viral on the internet. Showing proudly her scars, she’s the definition of body confidence, and I an inspired by her daily. I’d recommend this book to anyone!

My rating: 5/5Average rating: 4.27
240 pages. Published in: 2018
Read in E-bookon 1st-3rd October 2019

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