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Posted December 26, 2012
I find it hard to pick contemporary young adult fiction. I don
I find it hard to pick contemporary young adult fiction. I don't want it to feel to overly made for teenagers if that makes sense (then why am I reading it you may be asking). I like it when it makes me feel something, either by identifying with the characters or making me think. This really fell somewhere in between for me.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I liked Loann from the start of the book. The teenage years are really such a hard time and Loann just feels awkward in her own skin. She feels like she's always in her sister's shadow. That fact makes me think she attached herself to the first "friends" she could find. Those so called friends I think just wanted to in to the popular older sister. I was happy to see Loann branch out and discover who she really is and make friends who truly understand her.
I would have liked to have understood Claire more. Such a sad story that we don't really get to see. By the time Loann figures out what is going on, Claire is beyond real help I think. I was amazed that no one managed to notice what was going on for YEARS. She managed to hide it very well. It was interesting to see how Claire felt that Loann had it all, when Loann felt the complete opposite. It just goes to show that the grass isn't always greener on the other side. Sad how so much might have been avoided if more communication had been happening in this family.
For such a gritty subject, I never really felt like this book was about Claire's eating disorder. For something that so traumatically effects the family, it more like the background story. I think that was were my disappointment in this book lied. I think the story could have brought that to the front of the storyline and let the rest be filler.
I'll keep an eye out for this author, because I would be willing to give her work another shot.