I really enjoyed this book as much as you can enjoy something about such a topic. I listened to this on audio and at first I was having a hard time geI really enjoyed this book as much as you can enjoy something about such a topic. I listened to this on audio and at first I was having a hard time getting into it, but the longer I listened, the more the narrator really did fit with the story. She voiced Stevie so well, that I was able to really feel for her and get that emotional impact from the book. Although this book appears to be about a girl with an eating disorder, it was really so much more. This is one of those rare instances when I really don’t like the MC, at least at for most of the book, but it actually made me like the book more.
Stevie is sent away to a treatment center for her eating disorder. An eating disorder that she tries so hard to categorize and needs to fit the type she wants. She needs to be smaller. She needs to be strong. She feels like she can’t fail. She is also working towards ending it all on the anniversary of her brother dying. She blames herself. She isn’t a very easy person to like, but it really made her story so much more real. It wasn’t sugar coated or skimmed over. She is rude, stubborn, but also very sick. She’s angry at life. Being in her head, especially being voiced as an audiobook, was brutally honest and heartbreaking.
What I loved about this book was that it doesn’t just tackle the eating disorders, but the reason. The deeper reason that has led them to these disorders. What life event or events has shaped how they feel and perceive not only themselves, but everything. This was a pretty honest book. Yes, it did have some lighter parts, but it really dives deep into the topics of mental illness and how it affects everyone involved. I didn’t really like Stevie, but I felt for her. I wanted so much for her to see all the ways she was wrong. To help her see that she was great the way that she was. It was so heartbreaking to get to know not only her, but the other girls and their stories. How they truly felt as opposed to how things really are. This was a hard book to listen too, but also so amazing in it’s honesty. ...more
Not quite 5, more like 4.5 stars. but OMG this was awesome!! I mean, it's freaking huge and I read it in basically one day. (and I am not really a fasNot quite 5, more like 4.5 stars. but OMG this was awesome!! I mean, it's freaking huge and I read it in basically one day. (and I am not really a fast reader) Full review coming closer to publish date....more
First I have to say that I almost gave up on this book. I liked the first book, so I really wanted to see where things went in this so I continued on.First I have to say that I almost gave up on this book. I liked the first book, so I really wanted to see where things went in this so I continued on. It took a while, but when I finally got into it, I was hooked. It was very action packed and adventure filled. I still didn’t really care too much for the characters, but there was so much going on that I guess I was distracted from them a lot. Speaking of a lot going on, there is conspiracy, after conspiracy and betrayals galore. I really liked the story and how things all led from one thing to another in a shit storm though. I didn’t love it, but it was still enjoyable.
Jeth just doesn’t do much for me as a character. I thought that maybe in this book we would get a bit more from him, but with everything else going on, he was even more detached than ever. He is one determined dude, that’s for sure. He will do anything to get his mother back and keep his sister safe. Even if it means giving in and doing some other really horrible things. He is fighting against more than he knows and he isn’t really in control of himself. He does some really shitty things, and hurts people that he loves. It’s really hard to talk about a character when you feel no real connection to, so I will move on.
The secondary characters weren’t developed any better, so instead of talking about them, I will talk about what is done great. First, the plot is fantastic. I mean, there is so much going on, but it is never confusing. It’s just one big rush from one adrenaline rush to the next. And then the vivid imagery of everything was amazing. I could see what was being described so clearly in my head. From the beautiful scenery, to the more disturbing dark images. I felt like I was immersed in the world around me.
So clearly, I am middle ground on this book. There was a lot of good, but also much that just didn’t do it for me. I am a very character driven reader, so the lack of connection to them really had a big impact on me really getting into this book. I am all about fantastic storyline and great world building, but it’s not enough. Also, I am not super science girl or anything, so I loved that this didn’t totally confuse me like a lot of Sci-Fi books can. I really wanted to love this book. It was so full of action and twisted games, but unfortunately the slow start and lack of character connection really took it down a few notches for me. It was still enjoyable and I am glad that I read this sequel. ...more