“This took me a while to finish, but not because I couldn't concentrate. It was simply because I haven't read much the past few days, as I've found myself preoccupied with other things. And let me tell you-if I wasn't preoccupied and able to read, I probably would have read this in one or two sittings-that's how I finished it, at least. It was just that gripping. I couldn't put it down, as it had me hooked.
For one, the storyline is just so realistic. For some reason, I've always had an interest in reading books that center around the MC suffering from an eating disorder. This book sounded interesting, and slightly different, as it started with the MC IN recovery.
So...the storyline was very realistic. So were the characters, including the main girl. Her emotions were very real and understandable and I felt true sympathy for her. She also made it not so depressing, if you know what I mean. Her voice was very honest; the sarcastic humor provided was almost like a comic relief, given how depressing the book actually is when you think about it.
However, it was slightly hard to keep track of who was a "starver" or "puker", as she called it. I wish I learned more about the characters, especially Callie. I got confused as to what character had what family life and what drove them here. I wish I could've seen more of Tom and Royce; maybe it's just me, but Royce didn't seem that bad-not at first. Granted, he made that rude comment, but even that wasn't enough to make me hate him. That aside, the characters still felt very real, as were their lives. Their reasons for having an ED "made sense" and are sadly very common.
The last critique I have is that ending was too perfect. I don't want to give any spoilers away, but I didn't really see how they came to this one conclusion. Not to mention at the end SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER she was too...happy and all "well life sucks but I can make it through", if that makes any sense. In other words, I guess her attitude was too optimistic for someone who is suffering from an ED. It honestly felt like I was reading page after page of just too-real, optimistic attitude. However, I loved the last sentence. I was not expecting that.
So all in all, it was pretty good. It's a quick read, probably for most, and it gives you a very real insight on someone suffering from an ED. :P It's so sad...it makes me want to help. I'm starting to think my job-aside from writing-is meant to be a therapist for those with eating disorders. I want to help so badly. And if anything, this book inspired me to do so.”