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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2010

    POP LIT

    Massive by Julia Bell tells of the heartbreaking story of fourteen year-old Carmen who must deal with continual verbal abuse from her mother. Carmen's mother, Maria, is obsessed with weight; Mainly hers, but tries to influence Carmen's body image as well. Through her harsh comments and heartless insults, Maria makes a great enough impact on Carmen to cause her to partake in ridiculous actions to maintain an ideal weight. At fourteen, Carmen just wants to make it through her day in a sweat suit and sneakers, but Maria's job in a high-end clothing store prevents her from letting her daughter look inadequate. Carmen realizes that in order to get her mother's attention she must follow in her mother's footprints: She must strive to be thin like her mother. Carmen finds comfort in the presence of her Aunt Lisa and grandmother. Despite her new relationships with family members, it is her mother whom she wants to please. Carmen becomes anorexic which is difficult to hide. Carmen can not resist food so she begins to purge after meals. This novel is a good read. The verbal attacks on Carmen by Maria are heart wrenching. Also, Maria's ideals regarding body image are absurd. The way she treats her very own daughter is very sad yet eye awakening to know that such mother-daughter relationships exist.

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