My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Emily faces an uphill battle against unrealistic body image and eating disorders. A serious issue affecting girls everywhere presented in fiction form. Includes discussion questions.
I give this book a 3/5* because it was a good story and it had good character development.
This story is about a teenager named Emily and her best friend Leah. Emily is jealous of Leah because Leah is tall, skinny and pretty and Emily is overweight. Emily used to be the skinny one and Leah the overweight one until a few years ago when they switched bodies, it seemed.
Leah tries to tell Emily how she can lose weight and take better care of her body, but the ways that Leah recommend to her (eating fruits and veggies, drinking tons of water and exercising) seem to take too long for Emily to lose any weight. Emily gets frustrated and during a trip to Chicago with Leah to attend a 2-week modeling school class, she meets some other girls who give her tips on losing weight fast.
Before you know it, Emily has turned into an anorexic. People start to notice and become concerned for her but Emily denies it and tells herself that she is fine. That she can control it and go back to eating "more" once she reaches her ideal weight.
This book deals a lot with God and prayer and it gives the message that all you need is to let God into your life and pray and allow God to direct your life and everything will fall into place.
If you don't care for books that involve God or religion then I wouldn't read this book.
The plot of the story was really good and the character development was also really good. Especially the development of Emily and Leah, the two main characters. Although at times I thought Emily was a brat and was shallow and selfish...she always seemed to come around.
This is one of the books in the "True Colors" series. These books cover serious topics concerning teenagers.
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