Empathy: Noun; The bility to understand and share the feelings of another.I 'm not going to insult the main protagonist of this nove by saying, " I empathize with her. " I can not.
I do n't know what it is like to have a perfectionist mother, who is constantly trying to put their daughter on a diet plan since before their age even reached two digits.
I do n't know the pain and self-loathing the main character feels as she fails repeatedly in her attemp to lose weight, only to let herself down time after time, in a self-sabotaging, vicious cycle of emotionally eating yet another slice of cheesecake that she ca n't even taste ... .and I do n't know if I can write a negative review about this beautifully written book without sounding like a thin-privileged asshole, but here is my attempt.I loved this essa.
More often than not, the fat characters in books hate themselves, and Brenda is no exception.
It is a difficult age, and Judith 's family and background is well-presented enough for the reader to get a true feelin of how she became the person she is, and why she turns to food for comfort.
But adolescence is a time for growth, for maturity, for self-understanding, and I truly feel her character is so well-developed throughout the book.Ann 's awkwardness is just legendary, it 's half the fun reading this book; I did n't know whether to laugh or cry as I read her uninhibited verbal flops during a job interview. " 'At first, I thought you were a guy.' Then I try to backtrack.
Despite the topic, despite the premise of losing weight, this novel does not emphasize the fact that in order to be happy, in order to love yourself, you must be thin.Ann 's attempts at weight loss is not predictable, she is a pro at this.
It is clear from the very beginning that Ann 's emotional connection with weight loss stems from her aunt and her family, as well-intentioned as they may be.
For the majority of her life, Annie has had to deal with her grandmother 's issues over Ann 's weight, and consequently, it becomes her problem as well.I loved the fact that the teens in this ook are not stereotyped into your typical high school cliques.
Her chain-smoking grandma with the unfortunate habit of calling everyone a " fat-ass " ( not helpful for Ann), her complicated brother and his deliberately provocative and rocky relationship with their grandparents, her " perfect " stepfamily with the politically aspirational and well-meaning stepfather, the little twins Liberty and Justice ( AKA Libby and Judd; I said their father is an aspiring politician, did n't I?), the supportive gay aunt and her lovely soon-to-be wife, the step-grandmother who redefines passive-aggressiveness ( the breakfast scene is awesome), and above all, nn 's complex relationship with her mother.Despite Ann 's mother 's overbearing attempts at changing her daughter by making her lose weight, you get the notio that her mother truly loves her.
I do n't want to hear her act all sympathetic like she gets it. " Recommended for those who want a well-written YA book with an intriguin cast that will leave you feeling happy, and full.