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Posted January 7, 2013
I have to say that EMPTY is one of the most tragic, gritty, raw and realistic stories that I have ever read. This is a story of a girl that has absolutely no self-esteem, no self worth, no respect for herself. Dell is a 16 year old high school student that deals with many, many issues throughout the book. One of Dell's biggest problems is that she is severely overweight. Like obese. Now, Dell wasn't always so heavy, most of the weight packed on as her life spiraled more and more down hill beginning in Middle School when her father left their family for another woman. Dell is so deeply hurt by this and the super close relationship with her father that no longer exists, she starts binge eating to make herself feel whole again. Of course that doesn't actually work but it feels the hollow, empty feeling she has inside of her for a very brief time. Dell's home life is one of a true nightmare honestly. Her mother has completely fallen apart since her husband left her. She has become addicted to prescription drugs, completely ignores Dell and leaves the largest responsibility of all for Dell to deal with. Her baby sister. Still in diapers, not able to do anything for herself. Thank goodness too young still to realize what a crazy mess her parents have really become. Dell's life at school is not much different from her home life. She goes every day with a fake smile on her face, making horrifying jokes about herself before others can beat her to it and then laughing along with them like it doesn't bother her. Yet all the while, she is slowly dying inside and feels that she has absolutely no one to share her feelings and fears with. Not even her so-called best friend. Yeah, the same best friend she's had for years. The same best friend that doesn't stick up for her and doesn't really talk with her. Really, it's just the best friend that seems to be the best friend because it's convenient. While watching all of the horrors that Dell had to live through on a daily basis made me hurt inside for the child she never got to be, the teenager she never will be and the adult that may become as hateful and/or miserable as her own parents. Dell's story is one that unfortunately happens in many homes all over the world and that honestly breaks my heart. When I finished reading EMPTY, I could not just go on with my life as if everything were normal. I could not stop thinking of her and how simply wrong it was for her to have a life as she did. EMPTY will move you in so many ways, you will be thankful for the life you have, for the love and friendships you have. Dell's story is honest, brutal, harrowing, thought provoking and truly breathtaking. Walton has written a story that is tragic and very memorable. Dell's story will stay with me always. I encourage anyone and everyone to read it. Maybe some will actually see that the sun doesn't shine all the time for every one.
"EMPTY is Dell's story.
Dell's story is important.
Dell is in desperate pain.
Her pain is in her soul. Her heart. Her very skin."
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Posted January 10, 2013
Is it possible to love a book and simultaneously rip out the last pages. If so, that is my feelings after reading Empty.
The ending hit me in a way to personal level and i cried and nearly didn't finish the book... I was hoping for something different to happen. It left me heartbroken and wishing that things could change in this world, as well as hurting for myself, and my family who some of these issues have hit way close to my heart.
That said, Adele is a character that could have been me in so many ways. I have tried to both east away and starve away my problems, as well add cut them away so I know what it means to shove down pain and problems and not deal with them. I just wish that I could give her a hug.
Her voice was so powerful and she took me on quite a ride with her ups and downs.
This book takes a dark and realistic view of important issues such as eating issues, bullying, the power of words both positions, negative and unsaid, as well as taking pills.
This is for mature teens only with the themes as well as cursing.
As for characters, while i liked Adele and wished things were different for her,.the other characters made me remember high school in a bad way.
Bottom line. Powerful, dark and emotional book.
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Posted November 16, 2014
Its a very touching story. I read it a year ago after I finished it I was crying for like 2 hours. It really makes you realize that the world isn't a happy place for everyone. You can look at her peers and think "Is that how I act towards my friends?" This book enters a whole other world of bullying. Dell is just one example. This book may be fiction, but it is a non-fiction book for so many teenagers around the world. Bullying can be fatal. If you want to think about your actions and the results of bullying, read this amazing story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 26, 2014
Tragic but realistic story. You see what bullying does to people. The ending is shocking and the story will stay with you forever.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 13, 2013
This book is very depressing, but its about Adele and how she is being bullied in school.Empty really makes you think about all of the good and the bad.But also you could reflect on what you did and what Adele did if you have experieced being hurt or betrayed by your own friends.It really grabs you by the heart and wants you to make the world a better place free of bullying.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted April 29, 2013
i loved it and i dont like reading very much but i bought this book and read it in 4 days it was so good and her life is kind of like mine i feel its something that people can relate too.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 30, 2013
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Posted January 4, 2013
A truthful look at bullying and how it affects everyone's life. Dell is constantly insulted about her weight and her "friend" really is just using her as an excuse to try to get close to the people bullying Dell. Dell's father was never there for her, and Dell's mother is a drug addict who criticizes Dell constantly. And Dell is all alone trying to just dissapear from it all.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 18, 2014
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