This book about a young girl whose life seems an overwhelming mess, and how she deals with the building stress through developing an eating disorder is a must-read. Especially if you think you know about this stuff. Read on for the book details and my 5-star review. This review tour is organized by Xpresso Book Tours.
by K.J. Farnham
Publication date: May 15th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Purchase Links: Amazon
At 13, Katie is fed up with her embarrassing life. Wearing only hand-me-downs, being constantly criticized by her overcriticized, coupon-wielding mom and ignored by her father who has a new family and a cute, talented new daughter to dote on, she wants nothing more than to be invisible. Until Anika who hangs out with the popular OH girls takes her under her wing … to show her how to shoplift. Mortification holds nothing to the embarrassment of letting Anika down, but when everything that can go wrong does, Anika points the finger to her. Katie’s world crumbles, and that’s how she turns to binging and purging. Which oddly enough is comforting. She’s finally found a way to cleanse herself of the eternal embarrassment and stress her middle school causes, but hiding her new habit proves too hard. Especially when her family says crazy stuff like she’s getting thin, and she has to stop. Because that’s the biggest problem of all. She can’t.
This is a must-read book. We all have read about or seen people with (and some may have experienced) eating disorders, but it’s the first time I read the full account through a thirteen-year-old girl’s perspective. The overwhelming I-look-like-shit angst that feels silly to an adult but is choking to a young girl, the need to fit in, the broken family where adults try too hard the wrong way, the hit-and-miss friends who make things worse through no fault of their own muddle a young girl’s outlook to the point of total misery. And if self-image is the prominent issue, the development of an eating disorder looms as the go-to solution.
Told exclusively through the heroine’s point of view, as if reading a diary, the reader delves into the mind of a thirteen-year-old and faces the struggle between knowing that all this heavy perception of superficial things is age-related and trivial and accepting that, to a young girl, it’s her whole world. And that’s where the trap lies. If an adult dismisses all that as nonsense, the battle to bring a lost teenager around could be lost.
Whether you are raising a girl or are close to someone raising a girl, this book is an eye-opener.
Junior high is where things really start to happen. Cliques form and break apart. Couples are made and destroyed. And a reputation is solidified that you won’t ever be able to escape. Everything you do and say, and everyone you spend your time with, matters.
Katie Mills knows that. She gets it. That’s why she tried so hard to get in with the cool girls at school. And why she was so devastated when those efforts found her detained for shoplifting and laughed out of cheer squad tryouts.
But Katie has more to worry about than just fitting in. Her parents are divorced and always fighting. Her sister never has time for her. And her friends all seem to be drifting apart. Even worse? The boy she has a crush on is dating the mean girl at school.
Everything is a mess, and Katie doesn’t feel like she has control over any of it. Certainly not over her weight, which has always topped out at slightly pudgier than normal—at least, according to her mother.
So when she happens to catch one of the popular girls throwing up in the bathroom one day, it sparks an idea. A match that quickly engulfs her life in flames.
Is there any going back once she gets started down this path?
And would she even want to if she could?
About the Author
Born and raised in a suburb of Milwaukee, K. J. Farnham was a teacher for 12 years and became a freelance writer in 2012. She holds a bachelor’s degree from UW-Milwaukee and a master’s degree from Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin. She is currently working on a sequel to “Click Date Repeat.” Farnham loves hearing from readers. Connect with her at: