Saturday, July 30, 2016

A Different Me

A Different Me.
By: Deborah Blumenthal.
This book has 261 pages.
I recommend this book to girls ages 14 and older.
This book is definatley a quick summer read!
Everyone has their own insecurities. Some people are insecure about their hair, their past, their weight. Anything can be an insecurity. In this case, Allie's insecurity is her nose.
This book does a good job of teaching readers that just because a person seems fine on the outside, they're not necessarily fine on the inside.
We all look at someone that has something that we don't and wish that we had it.
We think that maybe if we had that one thing, everything would be so much better. We assume that out life would be perfect. But is that really true?
Everyone should be conformable in their own skin. Their appearance shouldn't hold anyone back.
Of course it's easy to say that, but harder to do.
I really enjoyed this book because you got to know the characters as humans and their emotions where realistic and not fake.
Sometimes all it takes is to be around people who make you feel wanted and your whole perspective on life changes.
This book defiantly teaches a valuable lesson!
I give this book a 5 out of 5!

Summary:
Allie is a high school student who has an insecurity that gets in way with her daily activities.
Her nose is her biggest insecurity. She's just a teenager but she is sure she wants rhinoplasty, in other words, a nose job.
She's been wanting it ever since she can remember.
She thinks if her nose didn't have that noticeable bump, her life would be so much better.
She goes onto a website where other people write their insecurities about their noses, and Allie can relate to what is being said. 
On that website, she makes two friends Mel and Katrina.
They all decide to get a nose job. 
Mel gets the surgery first, leaving Allie a bit jealous and wanting a nose job even more.
Allie is a good student. She's not popular but she has her close group of friends.
At times, she wishes she was Amber. Amber is the popular girl that is drop dead gorgeous. She thinks that Amber's life is perfect. 
She looks up to Amber and wants to be like her. But with her low self-esteem, lack of popularity and of course her nose in the way, she isn't happy with her life. 
But one day she gets the news that she'll be tutoring Amber. 
After a while of tutoring, Allie and Amber become very good friends to the point that Amber opens up to Allie about her life.
That's when Amber realizes that a pretty face, doesn't means a pretty life.
Allie also starts tutoring this guy David that she considers a bit of a freak.
He always has a camera with him and takes pictures of everyone, especially at their worst moments. He wears eyeliner to school, and just in general sends out wired vibes.
David and Allie become close and she never expected this to happen.
With Allie becoming more self confident with the people who accept her for who she is, what will happen with her life?

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Skin and Bones

Skin and Bones.
By: Sherry Shahan.
This book has 259 pages.
I recommend this book to both boys and girls 13 and older.
Once I was done reading this book, I was left wanting to know what happens with every character.
You go on a wild roller coaster ride with all of these characters and watch how they develop and grow  and then the book ends and you don't know what to think.
I enjoyed seeing how all the relationships grew into something magical!
This is a very quick read.
Once you get into the book, you honestly can't put it down.
Although I enjoyed the book, I felt like some parts of the book dragged on a bit too long.
In my opinion, this book is special because it shares a story that is realistic.
Many books that I have read about eating disorders, a girl is usually the protagonist, while in this book, a boy is the main character.
Each character plays a special role in the book and in Jack's recovery.
Jack starts doing things that he never thought that he would find the courage to do.
It's not the same old plot like every book.
It holds romance, suspense, and action!
This novel was written in a way that deals with a serious topic, but in a way that won't bore teenagers and conveys the necessary lesson.
I give this book a 4 out of 5!

Summary:
Jack is being sent away to the EDU, which is the Eating Disorders Unit.
It has been decided that he will benefit being there. 
Jack is dealing with anorexia.
It all started when he was younger and a saleswomen handed him a pair of jeans that were husky.
It started with losing a few pounds, to feeling stronger when not eating.
His roommate, David, who people call Lard, is a compulsive overeater. Also he is an aspiring chef.
They become close friends, almost like brothers, even though they are opposites in certain things.
They reach the point where they can joke about each other .
From dealing with Dr.Chu, to having trouble eating, and going up to the hospital roof to do some illegal stuff, they've done it all.
One day, a fragile girl walks into the dinning room and Jack is in awe.
He's never been in love or had any kind of contact with girls in that way, but if he were to describe being in love, this is how he would describe it.
The girl that he sees is Alice.
Alice is a returning patient. Just like Jack, she has anorexia.
She is an aspiring ballerina who doesn't care how hard she has to work for her dreams to come true.
She refuses to eat to the point, she has to be put in the ICU.
Lard also starts a relationship with a girl in the EDU.
Unlike Jack, you could say that Alice is experienced when it comes to relationships.
Just when the future looks good for Jack, a dramatic event happens that changes everything.
Hope you enjoy the book as much as I did!