I received this book for free from publisher unsolicited in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Simon Pulse on July 10th, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Source: publisher unsolicited
From the author of Losing Faith, a novel about two sisters and the eating disorder that threatens to destroy their family.
Loann’s always wanted to be popular and pretty like her sister, Claire. So when Claire’s ex-boyfriend starts flirting with her, Loann is willing to do whatever it takes to feel special… even if that means betraying her sister.
But as Loann slips inside Claire’s world, she discovers that everything is not as it seems. Claire’s quest for perfection is all-consuming, and comes at a dangerous price. As Claire increasingly withdraws from friends and family, Loann struggles to understand her and make amends. Can she heal their relationship —and her sister—before it’s too late?
You’re taken on a ride through these sister’s lives and you can’t help but hang on. Emotions are unraveled, people are betrayed, secrets are exposed. It was ultimately an emotional roller coaster. I had no idea what this book held until I delved into it. That’s what you get for reading a description where the whole plot is not summarized. A good thing too because the book runs hot and cold. Or rather the characters do.
How sad I felt to be placed in both Loann’s and Clare’s shoes. Their relationship is problematic at best. They love each other but also argue like sisters do. Loann seems to constantly get mad at her sister then forgive her just as quickly. How awful it must be to be full of that much emotion. I can’t help but feel pity for both of these characters. There’s so much baggage these two go through. If only they trusted in each other then things could be different. There s a lot of issues underlying these two, mostly jealousy as pointed out in the description. Love blooms out of friendship in this one, and I can’t help but love that. No instalove here! It’s quite refreshing to not fall head over heels in love with the first cute boy the character sees.
Denise writes well and must have done quite a lot of research to figure out what it means to be a teenager with an eating disorder or so I thought! In the end, if you read her little note, she has battled with an eating disorder and I can’t help but feel so proud of her to overcome the disease. Kudos for writing this novel well. There’s always help to be found, and I’m glad this issue is addressed in this book.