Book Reviews

Book Review: Skinniness is Next to Goddessness? Lacey’s Story by Julia Keanini

This is a good YA novel that touches on eating disorders, body image, bullying, cliquishness, and suicide. The way the characters spoke and behaved was spot-on for a teen audience.

I really liked Lacey and felt that I got to know her well enough to sympathize with her struggles. However, I didn’t feel as though I really got to know the secondary characters as well (with the exception of Tuck), as there were so many of them.

The eating disorder storyline (such an important topic) had so much potential. I just wish it had been covered more thoroughly. Instead, several side stories were touched on.

Overall, a good, clean YA novel. I’ll likely read more from this author.

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Book Review: In Between by Jenny B. Jones

I immediately fell in love with Katie Parker, a sixteen year old who has traveled from foster home to foster home, finally ending up with Millie and Joseph (a pastor) in the small town of In Between. Her insecurities about not really having anyone and fears about being shipped off to the next foster home are conveyed loud and clear through her sarcastic inner dialogue, which is very funny but overdone at times. About halfway through the book this sarcasm dies down a bit and is replaced with hope and introspection about her self-worth and the existence of God. I’m not so sure how realistic Katie’s drastic self-discovery is, but that’s okay because I was rooting for her from the beginning, and I love the positivity of this book.

In Between is full of unique, well-developed characters. I thoroughly enjoyed outrageous Grandma Maxine, and the drill-instructor-like gym teacher provided several chuckle-worthy moments. Frances, a classmate Katie can’t stand at first, is another memorable character who helps Katie learn to value herself and trust others.

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Don't Call Me Kit Kat

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Junior high is where things really start to happen. Cliques form and break apart. Couples are made and destroyed. And a reputation is solidified that you won’t ever be able to escape. Everything you do and say, and everyone you spend your time with, matters.

Katie Mills knows that. She gets it. That’s why she tried so hard to get in with the cool girls at school. And why she was so devastated when those efforts found her detained for shoplifting and laughed out of cheer squad tryouts.

But Katie has more to worry about than just fitting in. Her parents are divorced and always fighting. Her sister never has time for her. And her friends all seem to be drifting apart. Even worse? The boy she has a crush on is dating the mean girl at school.

Everything is a mess, and Katie doesn’t feel like she has control over any of it. Certainly not over her weight, which has always topped out at slightly pudgier than normal—at least, according to her mother.

So when she happens to catch one of the popular girls throwing up in the bathroom one day, it sparks an idea. A match that quickly engulfs her life in flames.

Is there any going back once she gets started down this path?

And would she even want to if she could?

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