Review: Princesses Don’t Get Fat by Aya Ling

Princesses Don’t Get Fat by Aya Ling
Release Date: January 5, 2013
Publisher: Amazon Digital
Pages: 136
Source: won in a Library Thing contest

A fairy tale romance with a plus-sized heroine and plenty of dessert.

Princess Valeria of Amaranta is fat, but she doesn’t care. All she wants to do is to eat and lead an idle life. When it becomes apparent she cannot get a husband, her mother decides to send her to the Royal Riviera Academy of Fighting Arts. For a chubby princess who has never picked up a sword, life at the Academy is torture. Worst of all, the food is terrible.

Valeria decides to improve Rivieran cuisine by sneaking into the palace kitchens and offering her expertise, never expecting the crown prince would take interest in her kitchen excursions. As they spend more time together, the princess must decide whether she should become thin or stay in the kitchens with her beloved desserts and remain fat.


Review:  Do what makes you happy. To be happy you have to have the strength to love who you are. Be comfortable in your own body.

I think that this is a good story for young girls that are having issues with their body…their weight…self-esteem and everything else that they deal with daily in a world where we are told that we have to be size 0.

Princess Valeria deals with these issues daily because her mother lets her no that no prince will want a fat wife. Valeria loves food and sweets. She may be at an unhealthy weight by most standards but she doesn’t care. It is drilled into her head that she is or will be if she doesn’t stop eating undesirable and ineligible. In other words she will be passed up by all the decent princes.

I enjoyed the short story that gets right to the problem and shows not a girl that is fat but a girl that goes against what is normal showing that you don’t have to starve yourself to be happy. She shows us a young woman with a strong character, confidence, inner strength and happiness in who she is. Ms. Ling brings to us a lovable character that proves to be a good role model for young girls struggling with who they are. She shows that being a plus size isn’t the end it is and can be the beginning. There is hope.

Boyfriends or potential husbands…Valeria had allot of chemistry with Prince Ralph; which shows you don’t have to be skinny to get that hot guy.

This is a humorous take on growing up as a princess who is not like all the others but someone that is a plus size. I found the romance although it was there was a little shaky but I was able to overlook it as to me it was just an added bonus within the story line. It wasn’t the main theme. Details within the frame of the story tended to be a bit vague at times but overall it was easy to overlook. The characters were very likable and easy to identify with making this a very enjoyable clean story of hope.