Haunted by her love-deprived relationship with her late father, this once strong role model and medical student, is gripped by anorexia. Thank you Natasha Friend and please keep writing for our girls! Her mom and younger sister are all having problems coping with his death, too, but they never seem to talk about it. Kendra has the world's worst day when she gets the news about Conner while sitting beside Jenna's hospital bed. Much to Andre's dismay, Jenna's got a serious drinking problem; she brings a flask on all their dates and has a habit of getting wasted and passing out while the night's still young. Isabelle describes the scene at school with bemused accuracy--the self-important but really not bad English teacher, the boy that is constantly fixated on Ashley Barnum, the prettiest girl in class, and the dynamics of the lunchroom, where tables are turf in a all-eyes-open awareness of everybody's relative social position. I recommend this book to all the girls who are going through similar problems.
All in all, it is a good introduction to why someone might de I love how easy this book was to read, so it would be great for a reluctant reader. What a great starting point for discussions. While the topics of eating disorders and lost family members may be a bit overwhelming or too strong of a topic for younger readers, it seemed to be written at a level for a much younger age group than the average 12-14 year old. She is thirteen years old, and the book tells about how her life is and all the problems that are going on, since her dad died. Sean, because he's a creepy stalker, stalks her to Dani's house, where he looks in Dani's bedroom window, sees them having sex, and takes pictures. Her mother, although putting on a happy facade, cries at night for her dead husband. Friend has a simple, pleasant writing style that makes the novel a quick read, yet she still hits home on the issues of bulemia, loss of a parent, and most importantly, appearance vs.
Isabelle describes the scene at school with bemused accuracy --- the self-important but really not bad English teacher, the boy that is constantly fixated on Ashley Barnum, the prettiest girl in class, and the dynamics of the lunchroom, where tables are turf in a all-eyes-open awareness of everybody's relative social position. The narrators have epiphanies about how life's too short to be anything other than what you want to be—ain't nobody got time for parental pressure. They bond together to go through the stages of recovery filled with distrust, shifting friendships, courage, and finally confidence. She struggles to help herself deal with the grief as well as her daughters. She's still a virgin, so she decides she'll sleep with Sean just to make sure she can't get into the guy thing. After a while, a surprising member comes through the door that Isabelle never expected to see in therapy group: Ashley Barnum. The book also shows that not all people with eating disorders have the same experience, cause, or life.
I saved my allowance for three months to buy them. Early trauma experiences such as death, illnesses, and rape have all been linked to the formation of eating disorders in teens and young adults. I found Perfect could relate to a lot of young people, and their problems, not only of peer preasure but also personal tragic events in their life. The carpet guys have come to their house to replace it. Isabelle Lee has a problem, and it's not just Ape Face, her sister, or group therapy for an eating disorder, or even that her father died and her mother is depressed and in denial. The quote I will remember is '' why cant I be like her? Now I am happy and better but this book convinced me that binging is bad and that the world and other's world's are not all that they seem.
Then, i finally decided with 3. Humor mixed with strong emotion. Her parents are never home, but Isabelle resolves this problem and moves on. Life in the center is regimented and intrusive, a nightmare come true. Isabelle's eating disorder is Bulimia: eat, purge, eat, purge.
It made me feel like I was actually a character in the book. Irreplaceable, it is an extravagant novel since it is relatable to nowadays teenagers and everyone wants to be perfect. I really like the characters in it. It is a story of a girl trying to cope with the loss of her father, developing an unexpected yet wonderful friendship, and discovering the difference between appearance and reality. Eating disorders are all too common in younger and younger children in our society, ranging from rampant obesity to anorexia. Isabelle is probably my favorite.
Overall, this was a great book and I would definatly read it again. Although it is geared towards younger teens, I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good book about an eating disorder - and, not only that, but one of coming of age. The main characters are Isabelle and Ashley. Eating disorder is not Isabelle's only problem, she is also trying to overcome the death of her dad and so is her family. Like her former work, it cuts to the raw emotions of this teen girl living in a not-so-perfect situation. After a while Isabelle realizes that making herself do this is the wrong thing and stops. The day Kendra goes to see his mom for her rhinoplasty consultation, Andre swings by the office to get some money, which he's told her is for clothes but is really for dance lessons shhh….
She doesn't sleep, she just cries and sometimes, she will cry all day long. And, she learns one of the hardest lessons of life. Her father is away on business. Isabel's sister, April catches Isabel making herself throw up so she tells their mom. Just like every girl she has some issues with her body and just problems with her family. She learns to cope with her father's death and accepts the fact that no one is perfect.
Any woman who has ever struggled with an eating disorder or known someone who has, will find this story of a middle school girl's struggle incredibly powerful and easy to relate to. When I got out of the car I slammed the door as hard as I could. I would recommend this book because I think the author is really trying to teach you not to think wrong about yourselves and this is a very important lesson. I feel like a lot of books now are all about eating disorders and similar things. If so this is the book for you. Isabelle's mother has taken all her father pictures down from the walls and cries herself to sleep every night. She cares a lot about what people think of her and she stuffs her face with food then forces herself to throw it all up.
She has a depressed mother who cries herself to sleep and an annoying, lonely little sister. When Isabelle finds out that all Ashley wants is someone to keep her company and be a good friend, Isabelle get deeper and deeper into this friendship. In the beginning of the book she hides her feelings about her father's death and keeps her eating disorder a secret. The setting in this book is present tense. I gave this book 4 stars because this book has real life teen problems.