I’ve finally finished one of the books I bought last Thursday. I am pretty proud of myself. I read an 200+ book in almost a week and took notes, so when I was done, I’d have no problem explaining the things I liked and the ones I didn’t like so much. This is the one book review my nana can’t read, because she now has the book to read. I hope she likes it, but she has no idea what she’s getting herself into. Luckily, for me I’ve read a book like this before, called Cut by Melissa McCormick. Both books were teen fiction, explains issues that every teenage girl goes through, and they all ended the same way. They ended an awkward way. They could’ve kept going, and given the reader like myself a happy ending, instead of wondering what could happen to these characters after they realize what they’ve been doing hasn’t been the greatest thing, they lead themselves to believe.
In this book, it follows a seventeen year old, who excels in everything. Doesn’t look like she has any problems on the outside at the beginning, but as time rolls on, her life keeps slipping underneath her. She goes to an all-girl, private school in New York City. Sarah Beth, who would much rather go by her childhood nickname Sethie, is a young girl who thinks about her future, Shaw (a boy who, she likes very much), and her weight. She strives to be skinny. She constantly judges herself and her body. She and Shaw have known each other for years, she thinks Shaw likes her just as much as she likes him. When he brings some of his friends from his school to hang out with them, she meets Jane, she is a blonde, genetically skinny, seventeen year girl. They become fast friends. and after one visit and after eating at Jane’s house, Jane shows Sethie how to do something that becomes the worst thing she could ever do to Sethie. That’s my summary of it.
Sethie and Shaw’s “friendship” was a normal thing for seventeen year olds to go through. However, Sethie assumed so much out of it. Honestly, I’ve thought about the things she thought while she was around Shaw. She didn’t want to bother him and do certain things, because they wouldn’t exactly together, as a couple. I knew he was using her throughout the entire book. It had all the signs that, that’s what it was. I felt awful for Sethie after Shaw and Janey both told her that it was more like friends with benefits, than anything else. Second thing, Janey’s teaching lesson in the beginning chapters, it is sad how one teaching can turn an insecurity young girl, into a ticking bomb waiting to explode. Third thing, was everybody she was ever around, didn’t ask or care about how much weight she was loosing or why she wasn’t eating much. I wrote out some of the chapters I liked, or they were important to keep in mind, while you were reading. I had six chapters, 11, 13, 17, 18, 24, and 25. They literally go back and forth between good to bad, but important in remembering that this actually goes through these girls minds. Chapter 19 was probably my “favorite” because you knew what was going to happen, when the word “knife” comes into the picture.
It is so sad that these ladies, don’t respect their bodies enough to think they need to fix them. Girls are scared of getting fat. They think they’re not good enough to walk around and be proud of themselves. They are destroying every working organ and muscle in their body just to make sure they don’t eat so much that they feel guilty about it later. Something that was brought up in the book. Sethie was reading a memoir of a girl who was anorexic and she wrote out the things in her daily diet. With every book, about these girls issues about weight and other serious issues, we think if we let them read about them, they’ll understand what they’re doing to their bodies is wrong. Does that really work though? Sethie was learning things from that memoir and added some of the things that were in that book into her own diet. I understand for some, it would be a good idea, but for the ones who need more ideas to lose weight, but if they ask, everybody will look at them weird, they’ll just find something else to help them. So is talking about these issues such a good thing? Just curious.