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Book Review: Massive by Julia Bell

Genre: Teen/YA

Rating: 5/5

Plot:

Weight has always been a big issue in Carmen’s life. Not surprising when her mum is obsessed with the idea that thin equals beauty, thin equals success, thin equals the way to get what you want. And somehow her daughter is going to be thin.

When her mother sweeps her off to live in the city, Carmen finds her old world disappearing. With everything to gain and absolutely nothing to lose. Carmen starts to ask: if she was thin, very thin, could it all be different?

My verdict: A heart wrenching novel about how a mother’s own eating disorder effects her daughter and looks at the impossible beauty standards set by the media, entertainment and fashion industry. Not only does this book deal with body image and eating disorders it also deals with family rifts that are caused by supporting someone with an eating disorders and sibling rivalry. The book also deals with postpartum depression, our nation’s obsession with emotional eating, teenager angst, bullying, underage sex, sexting, the need and want to be popular as well as fake friends. Written with the gritty realism to show the true extent of an eating disorder and it’s side effects and at the same side is written with sympathy and empathy of others in this predicament. Whilst it doesn’t convey a happily ever after in the traditional sense it does show that help is possible and that positive self worth starts by learning to love yourself and that everyone is an individual and we are all beautiful in our own way and that everything is okay in moderation. A must read for all teens and parents to raise awareness of life with an eating disorder.

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