Lia fights a war every single day. A war with herself.
Anorexia is a silent and very deadly disease that many people suffer. Laurie Anderson does not sugarcoat Lia's struggle at all. When Lia stared at her body, disgusted with the imaginary fat pockets her mind conjured, Laurie used almost poetic imagery to describe in great detail what Lia sees. I felt nothing but depressive emotions when I read this book. I nearly cried multiple times, and vary rarely does a book cause me an emotional roller coaster like this one.
This book was spectacular in the way the author tackled on the sensitive subject of eating disorders without being too preachy in describing the horrors.
There was only one complaint I had about the novel. I found the strikeouts throughout the book a little on the distracting side. Also, when Lia started her hallucinations with the ghost of Cassie, the line between reality and imagination seemed to be a little hazy.
I highly recommend this novel to everyone, especially to increase awareness of eating disorders and how it can affect a close friend.
Rating: Four out of Five stars