Beth is a lucky girl…

She comes from a loving family. She has three best friends. She loves to surf and lives five minutes from the beach. She also recently discovered that the boy she’s grown up with has the most amazing green eyes…

Beth has every reason to smile. Every reason to be happy. Every reason to feel blessed.

Then why is she sticking her fingers down her throat?

My review: As you can tell from the synopsis, this book is dealing with anorexia, I felt the author did a good job of showing how the compulsion starts, with the need for control. As Beth feels her life spiraling further and further out of control she decides if she can just lose 10 pounds her life will be better. Even with the love of her boyfriend and the support of her friends she soon finds that the diet is no longer a way to lose weight but a way to control her life, an obsession.

I felt the ending of this a little too pat, those of us who have experienced obsessive compulsive disorder know there are no pat solutions to it. However, I appreciated the way the author stressed the importance of family and friend support and how she showed it depended on Beth to overcome her obsession. How the fact that her friends would be there for her no matter what was a fact she had to come to realize by herself.

I would recommend this book for teens and their parents.

Young Adult Fiction

If you would like this book, send me an e-mail with the name of the book in the subject line and your name and mailing address in the body of the e-mail. The first person who e-mails will receive my copy of this book. It is a trade paperback in excellent condition.

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About Belleza

I got the name Bella because my grandfather called me Suzabell. I use that as a username and my friends on the site started calling me Bella. Thus was born: Bella Foxx's Life, now known as "just a city girl" since I have made the big jump from the country and am now living in the City, UES. I like to make jewelry (check out my blog "Bella is creative" started April 17, 2008) and write. I like to do cross stitch and knit. I sew, I don't really enjoy it, but I enjoy the clothes. I like to read the Bible, books, magazines, online newspaper articles, blogs, jokes on candy wrappers, ads on the subway, billboards, backs of food boxes, lists of ingredients and recipes, cleaning directions, sayings on shirts. I post my reviews on "Just a girl, living, reading, watching, and writing", on Shelfari, Library Thing and Goodreads.. I am allergic to practically everything: grass, trees, weeds, animal dander, dust, mold, wheat, apples, nuts, fish and coconut. The fish and coconut are so serious I carry an Epi-pen and wear a Medic-Alert bracelet. And last but not least. I love the Yankees.

One response

  1. Anna says:

    This one is on my shelf, and it sounds interesting. I have some experience with eating disorders, so I’m curious how it plays out in the story. Thanks for the review.

    –Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric