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by K. M. Walton
     
 

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A girl tumbles into a downward spiral when a romantic encounter turns violent in this heartwrenching novel from the author of Cracked.

Dell is used to disappointment. Ever since her dad left, it’s been one let down after another. But no one—not even her best friend—understands all the pain she’s going through. So Dell hides…  See more details below

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A girl tumbles into a downward spiral when a romantic encounter turns violent in this heartwrenching novel from the author of Cracked.

Dell is used to disappointment. Ever since her dad left, it’s been one let down after another. But no one—not even her best friend—understands all the pain she’s going through. So Dell hides behind self-deprecating jokes and forced smiles.

Then the one person she trusts betrays her. Dell is beyond devastated. Without anyone to turn to for comfort, her depression and self-loathing spin out of control. But just how far will she go to make all the heartbreak and the name-calling stop?

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Children's Literature - Sandra Eichelberger
Dell used to play softball, she used to have a father who cared about her, and she used to be a size 10. But all that has changed. Now she is 286 pounds, was dropped from her softball team, and is living without her dad, who has a new girlfriend and cannot be bothered with his first family. To fill the void in her life, Dell eats. She hates what she has become but only food can satisfy her. The one bright light in her life is her little sister whom she loves dearly. Dell’s mom is devastated by her ex-husband’s abandonment and has turned to pills to cope, abdicating her role as parent to her two girls. The household is pathetic and Dell wallows in self-pity. Her one friend tries to stay loyal but her allegiance is being drawn in other directions and she does not really understand what is going on with Dell. As her sole friend drifts away, Dell becomes more isolated in her misery. When she is violated and then depicted as a perpetrator by rumors and online comments, she slides even further into depression. Walton creates a too real story of abandonment. Unfortunately, all the characters including Dell are not depicted with much depth or dimension. Readers may cringe with the increasingly uncomfortable situations Dell finds herself in. Making her obesity the focal point of the book robs the reader of a more robust story of abandonment, poor self-image, bullying, and loss of friends. While one’s heart may reach out for Dell to have some semblance of joy, the prospects dim as the harassment and abandonment worsen. Walton misses an opportunity for a more meaningful exploration. Endnotes are included to create awareness of the need for sensitivity to help teens in situations like Dell’s but a full list of resources available and further readings would have been more useful. Reviewer: Sandra Eichelberger; Ages 14 up.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Seventeen-year-old Dell is overweight, and she eats to deal with a series of letdowns, beginning when her father left the family. No one understands the pain she harbors, not even her best friend. She hides behind her weight and self-deprecating jokes. Her classmates even get her to participate in sumo poses and to moo for them on demand. The bullying turns vicious at a party; she drinks too much and is raped by one of the bullies, on whom she happens to have had a crush. She has no one to turn to, and rumors start that she attacked him. Dell's life is starting to get even more hellish and she is running on empty. Dell is a well-drawn character, and her loneliness and hurt are palpable. Teens will be sucked into her downward spiral and will start to wonder if her situation is ever going to get better. Empty will hit home hard with teens who have been or are being tormented and should shed some light on how painful and destructive bullying is to its victims.—Shannon Seglin, formerly at Patrick Henry Library, Vienna, VA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442453609
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
01/01/2013
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
290,474
Lexile:
HL610L (what's this?)
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

K. M. Walton is the author of Cracked and Empty. A former middle school language arts teacher and teaching coach, she is passionate about education and ending peer bullying. She lives in Pennsylvania with her family. Visit her online at KMWalton.com and follow her on Twitter at @KMWalton1.

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