Friday, December 19, 2008

Perfect by Natasha Friend

Isabelle Lee has a problem, and it's not just Ape Face, her sister, or group therapy for an eating disorder, or even that her father died and her mother is depressed and in denial. It's that Ashley, the most popular girl in school, is inviting Isabelle to join her at lunch and at sleepovers at her house, and this is presenting Isabelle with a dilemma. Pretty Ashley has moved Isabelle up the social ladder, but is it worth keeping the secret they share?
Caught in the orbit of popularity and appearances, Isabelle must navigate a world with mixed messages, false hopes, and potentially harmful turns, while coping with her own flailing family and emotions. The author brings a depth of characterization, humor, and a real adolescent's voice to this multileveled story about the desire to be perfect in an imperfect world.

Wow, this book really opened my eyes to the world of eating disorders. Ms. Friend has brought a delicate but rampant issue to light in this book, and has done a wonderful job in my opinion, of getting across some of the feelings these girls may have. I was completely enthralled by the story portrayed in this book, as it really does effect everyone involved in the persons life even if they don't realize it. A wonderful portrayal, and an informative book all teens, and adults as well, should read. 5/5


Library Cat said...

This sounds like a great book to gain some understanding of eating disorders. Thanks for the review.