Sistrsic92 (Meg)

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Meg, a.k.a. sistrsic92, can’t help having a serious inferiority complex — you would, too, if you had a sister like T2P2 (The Totally Perfect Person), who can usually be found surrounded by a circle of adoring friends and her ultra-popular boyfriend. But Meg soon learns that she has one thing T2P2 never had — blog pals who are the VBFs a girl could ever hope for. When Meg’s sister develops an eating disorder and reveals to Meg a huge secret, Meg will have to decide how far sisterhood goes and what secrets are ...

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Meg, a.k.a. sistrsic92, can’t help having a serious inferiority complex — you would, too, if you had a sister like T2P2 (The Totally Perfect Person), who can usually be found surrounded by a circle of adoring friends and her ultra-popular boyfriend. But Meg soon learns that she has one thing T2P2 never had — blog pals who are the VBFs a girl could ever hope for. When Meg’s sister develops an eating disorder and reveals to Meg a huge secret, Meg will have to decide how far sisterhood goes and what secrets are worth keeping — before it’s too late. Chronicling the main events throughout are hand drawings by teen-illustrator Tyler Beauford.

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What's a girl to do when her older sister is a T2P2 (totally perfect person), while she is an "advertisement for average"? Start a blog, of course! In short, blog-style entries, Meg writes to three online friends about the special art program she is chosen for; school friendship problems; her resentment of her popular sister, Cara; and being a PK (preacher's kid). Soon, though, Meg reports more serious concerns, and the book really hits its stride: Cara develops a rapidly escalating eating disorder, and as her family struggles to cope, Meg feels even more invisible. Teens dealing with a sibling's serious problems will respond strongly to Megan's authentic mix of emotions. A message-driven subplot of whether to reveal a confided secret isn't wholly effective, and the three blogger friends never develop strong separate identities; it is Meg's efforts to find her own path in the midst of a family crisis that are the book's strength. The blog-style format provides high teen appeal, and a glossary of abbreviations is provided to assist the electronically clueless.

Children's Literature - Keri Collins Lewis
Megan's sister Cara is perfect: beautiful, popular, smart, athletic, and the star of the senior class. Or so Megan thinks as she begins her sophomore year hidden in the shadow cast by her sister's spotlight. Frustrated and unable to share her feelings with her parents, Megan begins a blog in which she can communicate with friends, two who live in other states and one with whom she goes to church. As the school year progresses, Megan discovers that her sister's life is spiraling out of control due to an eating disorder. Confrontations, hospitalizations, therapy, and continued upheaval take their toll on Megan and her entire family as they watch Cara destroy herself in spite of their efforts. Only when Megan is brave enough to tell the truth about a shocking secret can Cara confront her issues and begin to recover. Well-drawn characters and constant tension keep the story from being a typical issue-driven novel, and the realistic emotional roller coaster everyone rides shows how eating disorders impact everyone in the family. The narrative is told in blog entries, with reactions and support shown in the responses of Megan's blog pals. Ostensibly structured this way to appeal to young readers, the stark contrast between the carefully crafted flow of Megan's entries and the very abbreviated blog-speak of her friends' responses feels contrived and interferes with the drama of the story. Part of the "bloggirls" series, which focuses on a variety of teen issues, this title takes a candid look at anorexia and bulimia and one girl's struggle to help her sister while not allowing her own life to be ruined. Includes illustrations by teen artist Tyler Beauford and a "clicktionary" to decode theblog entries. Reviewer: Keri Collins Lewis
VOYA - Lisa A. Hazlett
Sophomore Meg creates a blog solely for complaining about her older sister Cara (aka T2P2, The Totally Perfect Person) and invites three girlfriends to join, but for reasons of privacy, the invitees know only Meg and not each other. Although Meg glimpses Cara wriggling under and then accepting boyfriend Trip's wandering hands, she focuses on her attractions to fellow artist Jeremy and summer fling Mark until Cara's eating habits drastically change. Diagnosed with anorexia, Cara begins a series of unhelpful programs and hospitalizations, her diet now the family's sole focus. Meg's alternating between selfish frustration over Cara's anorexia negatively affecting her and her genuine concern is painfully realistic. Cringe-worthy is Meg discovering, after a disastrous date with Mark, that he was only using her to regain his girlfriend. Her friends post supportive messages throughout as Cara finds successful treatment, admits to being raped by Trip, and agrees to prosecute. The sisters begin talking honestly and form a new, mature relationship as Meg's budding romance with Jeremy and fuller life allow her to focus optimistically upon herself, rather than Cara. Narrated by Meg and resembling a blog, the book also features a technospeak "clicktionary" and somewhat childish illustrations. Many will predict Cara's anorexia trigger before it is revealed, and the happy ending is fast and tidy. Unfortunately the girlfriends' responses are mostly individual comments to Meg, seeming interchangeable and monotonous. A male friend subsequently joins but regrettably too late for his much-needed viewpoint to have an impact. Girls nevertheless will enjoy the witty posts and doubtless identify with Meg andCara. Reviewer: Lisa A. Hazlett
School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—Meg is a sophomore who takes up blogging as a sort of online diary. She gives only three friends the password and proceeds to share her pains, sorrows, and joys using all the jargon and typing shortcuts frequently used online. Fortunately, those not in the know have a "clicktionary" to help in translation. The main plot focuses on Meg's jealousy of Cara, her older sister who has always been T2P2, the totally perfect person. Suddenly Cara has developed an eating disorder, is rebellious and difficult, and has no friends at home or school. Hard as it was to follow in Miss Perfect's footsteps, Meg discovers that having a gaunt, antisocial sister is even worse. When hospitals and treatment become necessary, the girls' parents are overwhelmed by Cara's behavior, leaving Meg feeling even more isolated. Thus her only comfort is her friends on the blog, who are always supportive and focused on her. Aside from the awkward narcissistic aspect, the plot moves forward fairly logically. The revelations about the progression of Cara's disorder and slow recovery are superficially relayed, as is the huge effect it has on Meg. A subplot about a nosy elderly neighbor who turns into a cool friend is a nice touch. The format of texting, blogs, and IM is cryptic, and the intermittent illustrations are reminiscent of bad manga, but there is a little substance here, making the novel almost a palatable package for chick-lit fans.—Carol A. Edwards, Denver Public Library, CO
Kirkus Reviews
Eating disorders and mercurial sibling relationships take center stage in this heavy-handed but moving teen diary. Megan has always felt overshadowed by her half sister, Cara, who is blond, perky, athletic and popular to Megan's brunette, shy, klutzy and awkward. As Cara descends into anorexia, then bulimia, Megan pours out her feelings and reflections online, in a private blog for a sympathetic Greek chorus of her closest friends, Lisa, Zoey and Trish, who respond to each entry in IM-speak (a glossary is available for adult readers; teens won't need it). Clunky exposition and a kitchen-sink approach to Cara's and Meg's parallel journeys-including rape, friends and frenemies, G-rated romance and a twinkly old neighbor-overload and weaken the story, especially in comparison with the more natural and subtler handling of equally serious issues and similarly casual online writing style of Lauren Myracle's ttyl series. Nonetheless, readers either struggling with confusing emotions and misinformation about eating disorders or wanting to help a suffering friend will find comfort in these pages. (Fiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781477816042
  • Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/21/2014
  • Series: Bloggrls Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 228
  • Age range: 12 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Author Cheryl Dellasega lives in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

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