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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  683 ratings  ·  139 reviews
A girl tumbles into a downward spiral when a romantic encounter turns violent in this heartwrenching novel from the author of Cracked.

Dell is used to disappointment. Ever since her dad left, it’s been one let down after another. But no one—not even her best friend—understands all the pain she’s going through. So Dell hides behind sel...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Simon Pulse
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Kelly
Fair warning: I found this book insensitive, offensive, and sensational without making the point it intended to make.

No rating.

Dell's fat. 286 pounds, size 24 fat. This wasn't always the way though. It happened when her dad cheated on her mom with Donna, and her parents marriage fell apart. Mom's become a prescription drug abuser, sold the lovely house they once lived in, and now Dell, her mom, and toddler sister Meggie live in an apartment in the poor part of town. Mom works two jobs to make...more
Giselle
A very shocking novel, this one. Yet, as the author pointed out in the end notes, she didn't write a book to shock, she wrote a realistic book on teenage bullying and how it can inflict self deprecation to the point of depression. These are the types of books that teenagers can get something out of. Bullying is not uncommon, and you CAN get help. You can talk to someone about what is happening to you. High school is the hardest, and often lowest, point in some people's lives, thus I'm always sat...more
Beth
"I did not write this book to sensationalise or shock. I intended Dell's story to serve as a window into her soul - the soul of a broken human being. I wanted you, precious reader, to feel the pain of the bullied, the neglected, the heartbroken and the humiliated. I wanted you to experience the absolute power of words - whether said or typed online. Words count."
- Author's Note, K.M. Walton, Empty

Those few short lines summarise all my feelings about Empty, both good and bad. The pain at the cent...more
Brandy
Mar 30, 2012 Brandy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Wow, what an amazing, relatable, and powerful story. Adele, a 17 year old overweight high school student, falls into a deep, dark depression after her father cheats on and divorces her mother. Her once perfect, athletic, skinny life, now ruined falls apart around her. Not only does Adele have to deal with the problems of home life she deals with bullying and horrific comments about her weight made by her classmates. When things couldn't get any worse Adele is accused of raping the jock of her hi...more
Meagan
Books involving fat protagonists are an incredibly hard sell for me. I've never read a YA book that got it right without sensationalizing it, or grossly exaggerating some of the more "disgusting" details just for shock value. Empty's one of those books, and it made me vaguely uncomfortable the entire time I was reading it. Not the "good" sort of uncomfortable, where you want to keep reading and be unsettled, but the bad kind of uncomfortable, where you can tell you're reading a book by someone w...more
Caylee Michaels
Dec 25, 2012 Caylee Michaels rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE.
This book was SO BAD. I couldn't believe this got published and that someone thought it was a good idea. Like you can tell the author was trying to do something completely different than what she was doing.

The worst part about this book was how obsessed the narrative was with the idea of fat. Fat on someone's body, fat in the mind, fat fat fat fat. It was so annoying and so bad, reading this girl who was obsessed with her own fat and didn't feel like there was anything other to her. Like even t...more
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
Is it possible to love a book and simultaneously rip out the last pages. If so, that is my feelings after reading Empty.
The ending hit me in a way to personal level and i cried and nearly didn't finish the book... I was hoping for something different to happen. It left me heartbroken and wishing that things could change in this world, as well as hurting for myself, and my family who some of these issues have hit way close to my heart.
That said, Adele is a character that could have been me in...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
How can I start this review... I have to say that I have never ever read a book that has taken my breath away and then shattered me in such a good way. Shock is one thing but Empty is so much of everything it takes the reader by surprise. It has everything from bullying, to followers, to girls being violated. I have to say that Rape is never ever easy to read about and this book is no exception only you really don't know that is what happens to the main character for a while. So while you are re...more
Jodi Papazian
Empty was such a great read. It was so engaging that I blew threw it in one sitting. At some points, it is very difficult to read Dell's story. Her pain is so palpable through Walton's writing. I have to say that I was shocked by the ending but that I understood it.
I applaud K.M. Walton for writing this story. Bullying is such a part of so many people's lives (especially for the target age of the book) that I think it will resonate with just about every person who reads it. I was reminded a lo...more
Amy
I have to say that EMPTY is one of the most tragic, gritty, raw and realistic stories that I have ever read. This is a story of a girl that has absolutely no self-esteem, no self worth, no respect for herself. Dell is a 16 year old high school student that deals with many, many issues throughout the book. One of Dell's biggest problems is that she is severely overweight. Like obese. Now, Dell wasn't always so heavy, most of the weight packed on as her life spiraled more and more down hill beginn...more
Shane Hyham
I've read a lot of books about bullying and this one really puts you into the mind of just what the victim is thinking and feeling.
Alexa
When I started reading this book I was on the fence about it. I wasn't big on the name calling Dell had on her dads girlfriend, even though I understand why she didn't like her. I thought it was just immature and unnecessary really. As the reader, I could already notice Dell didn't want her father to be dating Donna, the nickname Dell makes for her just seemed too much.

Dell feels empty after he father leaves her and her pregnant mother and starts to eat the emptiness away, which causes her to g...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
How can I start this review... I have to say that I have never ever read a book that has taken my breath away and then shattered me in such a good way. Shock is one thing but Empty is so much of everything it takes the reader by surprise. It has everything from bullying, to followers, to girls being violated. I have to say that Rape is never ever easy to read about and this book is no exception only you really don't know that is what happens to the main character for a while. So while you are re...more
Jenni Arndt
Talk about gut wrenching and extremely hard to read! empty (yes that small e was on purpose, that’s how it is on the cover) caught my eye on the shelf at the book store because of it’s shockingly white cover amongst all the blacks & reds at the book store. Upon picking it up I remembered that a friend of mine had read it and highly recommended it to me as a very good heavy issue book. I didn’t know much about the story other than it dealt heavily with weight. I wasn’t too sure which end of t...more
Kayla Eklund
In Empty, K.M. Walton paints a very disturbing image on what it is like to be a high school student with an eating disorder. Ever since Dell's parents split up, her life seems to be tumbling down around her. She’s losing her best friend, her dad doesn’t want to spend any time with her, and her mom is addicted to prescription drugs. Worst of all, Dell can’t seem to stop eating. Even after she is full she takes comfort in eating more. Since her parents separated, she went from a size ten to a size...more
Maggie61
Wow. Another powerful book. I'd have given it a 4.5. While I couldn't help but fly through this book so much of it made me actually gasp.
Dells life was a nightmare. Her dad was uncaring and unattentive, left the family for another woman. Her mom is just a really bad mother. Yes, she has an addiction problem but she shows Adele nothing but disdain and what seems like hatred. Her only friend Cara, is not much of a friend. Her main concern is crawling up that social ladder and how Dell is hinderin...more
Evie
Harrowing, powerful and dark, Empty is, quite simply, an unforgettable read. It's a story of a girl who founds herself in a downward spiral of depression. A bleak and disturbing tale of desperation, bullying, rejection, self-loathing, betrayal, abuse and negligence. An irrefutably authentic, utterly engrossing and supremely readable novel that will leave you tear-streaked and emotionally drained. You absolutely can't afford to miss it.

Dell is overweight. Since last summer she has gained over 7...more
Kimberly Sabatini
Walton writes books that matter. She writes with the intent of saving lives. There is a crude ugliness to the picture she paints with her words, but while the horror of Dell's story guts you, it also makes you weigh the cost of human cruelty. It makes you wonder why we carefully dole out kindness like it's a precious substance in high demand, instead of something that knows no limitations. Dell's story is so hard to read because it rings true. It is too close to the bullseye. There are more peop...more
Ange (MarmaladeLibby of Libby Blog) Schmelzer
Dell's life has slowly been crumbling around her ever since her father walked away from her family. But now, things seem to be stuck in fast forward...her best friend is getting farther and farther away, her mother is losing herself deeper in prescription pills, and the very thing that keeps her connected to the memory of her life with her father is about to slip right through her fingers.

Except no one sees her. Not really. Not the real her. How far is Dell willing to go to make them see her?

M...more
Nina Teal
Yes, this book actually did get published.
I read it as one of PulseIt's free books put up for a certain amount of time. It's one of my favorite things. However, I'm pretty dang disappointed this made the cuts.

This isn't a YA novel about a human being. It's a YA novel about fat. More specifically, it's a YA novel about a large amount of unwanted fat that takes residence on a human being and proceeds to ruin ALL the things.
Not a single realistic, believable character exists within these e-pages....more
Wendopolis
I am unsure of how to rate this book. While it was engrossing and disturbing and even upsetting, the lame ending kind of ruined it for me. You don't end a book like that. At least have some bit of hope, some drop of human kindness offered to the main character so the reader doesn't throw the book across the room. That is a major failing in this book: the lack of any hope at all. I get that this kind of thing happens in the real world, I do. It's horrible that a person would be treated in such a...more
Amy
3.5 of 5

Dell's life couldn't be much worse. She rarely sees her father since he took off with his girlfriend and her mother is popping pills, working 2 jobs and constantly criticizing. She's packed on 70 pounds since last year, which has gotten her kicked off the softball team. Her social climbing best friends is obsessed with breaking into the popular group, the same group that bullies and teases Dell mercilessly. She's depressed and lethargic. Things are about to get even worse.

EMPTY is a hea...more
Nadia Galvan
Everyone has a best friend but not every best friend stabs you in the back. It's unfortunate that the one you trust most breaks that trust. And it's about how you handle that situation because everyone deals with every situation differently. But with Adele she handled it badly.

In the book Empty by K.M Walton Dells life is like any other broken families. Have your dad leave the family and not keep up with his child support. Causing your mom and siblings to move out of your house and into a crappy...more
Ambur
This book was definitely a page turner. It was pretty sad and I really felt sympathy for the main character Adele. Dell (Adele) is her schools best hitter on the girls’ softball team, until her junior year anyways. When her parents’ divorce it completely destroys Dell and her mother. Dell is empty without her father so she fills the emptiness with food. Soon enough, she becomes very over weight. Due to this she is kicked off her softball team during the first week of practice. The kids at school...more
Maya
No way I was ready for this.
(Don't worry, I will try not to mention spoilers.)

I started this book thinking, Depression book? I've never read one quite before. I ended it thinking, This was so, so, so much more than a book about someone with depression.

Adele is an overweight, "ugly", misunderstood high schooler whose friend is not close to her at all, and the only family member of hers that she truly loves is Meggie, her baby sister.

She is put through a lot of issues that I can assure you, no t...more
Bookwormlaura
I tried to finish it....I would put it down and pick it back up...but now I can't do it. Why? Well, the main reason why is the attitude of the character. Dell is old enough to drive, but she acts like she's in middle school. I should know, I teach middle school. plus, what high school student would be making a solar system project in high school and really need the help of a parent. I get it, she wants to spend time with her dad...but why don't you meet him at a batting cage instead if you like...more
Nooshie
I have never related more to a book than I did to this one. I remember reading the first fourteen pages and immediately I felt overwhelmed with emotion. The author not only balances good writing with room for analysis, she wrote a realistic book about bullying and how it can lead someone down a very dark, and empty road.

The title for this book is perfection. No matter how many times you say it, the word itself just seems void and distant. But to Dell those five letters encompassed her entire li...more
Kezia
I cried throughout this whole book in a way I haven't cried over a book in a long time. As someone who has struggled with weight issues and food issues for most of my life, it was so real to me. I related to so much of it that I could not put it down. (view spoiler)...more
Perla
While reading this book I found myself thinking how people experience bullying and are forced to keep it to themselves. It's a really intense yet inspirational book that will touch the heart of the reader.
In this book, the main character, Dell, endures sexual abuse, bullying and betrayal. The book starts when Dell is kicked off her softball team for her weight. Dell is extremely overweight due to her binge eating. She has a hard time accepting her parents separation and eats her pain away. Thro...more
Trinity Sneed
I chose this book because I read another book by this author. This book is about an overweight girl named Dell, who has a mother who is always on pills, a father who remarried another women, and a little sister who is the only person that can make her happy. Dell ends up getting raped by the guy she used like, and he tells everyone in school that she was the one who raped him. After all of the name-calling, family issues, and having no one that understands her, she commits suicide by taking a bo...more
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K.M. Walton is the author of the contemporary young adult novels, CRACKED (2012) and EMPTY (2013). She is represented by Jim McCarthy from Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.

K. M. had a gazillion dreams when she was a little girl. Her biggest dream was to be a teacher. Teaching became a reality for K. M. and she taught for twelve glorious years – some of it in Osteen, Florida and most of it...more
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