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Madison Andrews is 16, and a self-confessed nobody in Mississippi. Except for her best friend, Chase Sanders, everyone either ignores or teases Madison for her weight. When they arrive to school on the first day, the big news everyone is talking about is Zach Taylor, from Ohio. He’s tall, dark, handsome and WAY out of Madison’s league, or so she thinks.
While Madison beats herself up inside, she hides her body in loose, shapeless clothing. She uses coping mechanisms like starving herself and adopting more self-deprication than should be legal. A terrible treatment at a party brings more attention to Madison—including the attention of Zach. Asked out on a date, Madison changes her dress and wants to be perfect for Zach—and ends up in the hospital by the end of the evening, due to her starving ‘solution.’
Is happiness and thinness ever in the cards for Madison?
I really enjoyed the book by Emerald Barnes. I think it’s a perfect YA book for someone with body image issues. Or someone who is looking for a story about people who don’t necessarily fit into society’s norms and that those people can still be touched by Grace. As someone who had experienced a little bit of bullying at Madison’s age, I wanted to grab my phone and give her a call, letting her know that things would get better for her.
Barnes’ writing is honest. Very honest. And I really enjoyed reading this and then it’s followup novella, Before we Say I Do, especially so I could find out more about Madison’s future.
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