Before I jump into this book review, I need to put a disclaimer. If you have struggled with, or are struggling with Anorexia, I need to warn you that this book does cover Anorexia, and the last thing I want is someone to relapse, or be leaning toward the edge, and this be the trigger.
Warning out of the way, let’s roll into the Book Shot.
Laura L. Smith brings us an interesting tale, of Melissa, a young Christian teen who struggles with Bulimia and Anorexia.
Melissa is what one might consider a “Perfect” teenager, the type of girl that just about everyone wants to be, the girl on the dance team, the girl with the decent scores, the girl with that killer figure. She’s almost a good two-shoes, except one problem: Melissa suffers from Bulimia/Anorexia.
And see, here’s the thing, I read this book religiously as a middle schooler, but for the life of me, I cannot get myself to write a review/sypnosis.
In personal opinions, I find the book to a be a fairly accurate representation of a Christian Teen girl, who has problems. She’s not perfect, she’s flawed.
But it’s almost a forced flawed, if that makes since.
I am a firm believer, that every teenager has problems of some sort. I don’t care what their religion is, how close to God, or whomever they worship, they are, I think we’re all pretty screwed up.
It’s clearly stated in the book that Melissa has an eating problem, no beating around the bush, which I’m a big fan of. No offense, but don’t beat around the bush for the climax, I want it at the beginning, I don’t want to wait, I want all the emotions all at the beginning. Laura Smith even goes into detail about why Melissa has an eating disorder (alot of it is due to lack of control- I relate, alot. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll pray, but I’ll also put myself in an incredibly depressive state, and try to control something else in my life, that could potentially hurt myself (usually I run myself past exhaustion).
And granted, the book has misspelling errors, and is it always accurate? No. I also believe that several of the characters are there, but you could either spice up, or do without.
Book review aside, I need a rant.
When reading reviews, I found some so frustrating, and here’s why:
They seemed so uneducated when writing the reviews.
One of them made me very frustrated, mainly because I knew this comment all to well.
In general terms, saying the MC, wasn’t a very good Christian because she was Bulimic.
Oh honey, why?
Just because someone struggles with something, doesn’t make them a bad Christian.
For the love of all things sane, and insane, I hate these comments and remarks.
Granted, this rant comes from deep within, where I spent alot of time around “Mental Health Disorders are wrong in Christians-they don’t believe in God”, and eventually, that wore down on me, because that was both an uneducated remark, and also, incredibly judgemental, because how dare you claim that someone’s imperfections make them a bad person.
Because my dudes, let’s be clear, we all have a mental illness in the end, and maybe for some of us, it might just be pride.
Right, getting back on track, how would I rate Skinny?
Three out of Five Ginchies, a decent book, but as you can tell, I couldn’t report much on it, and it didn’t have enough passion for me to put my enthusiasm into the review.
Who would I suggest it to?
Everyone, because even though the book wasn’t incredible, I say that it might help us with the general mindset of a young woman who is trying to keep her walk with God, but has her down falls.
Anyway, sorry this review was so out there, and short. I had something I had to get off my chest, and I think there might be a rant post comming.
Stay tuned for the next post, to hear Hazi say:
Remember to live you’re life like the ginchy story that it is!