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Perfect by Natasha Friend
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Jun 03, 2011

it was amazing
Read in May, 2011

Perfect by Natasha Friend is a touching novel that touches the topics of eating disorders, friendship and coming of age. Isabel Lee, a thirteen year old girl suffers from Bulimia and had hidden it from her fiends and family until one day her sister, "Ape Face", catches her in the act. Isabel is then forced to attend group meetings with others who suffer from eating disorders. To her surprise, she runs into the most popular girl in school; Ashley Barnum, someone who before the meetings, Isabel thought was perfect. As both attend meetings more and more, they become the best of friends, however the core of their friendship is their eating disorders. They continue to binge and purge with each other, making the problem worse. Perfect has so many morals and lessons that taught not only me, but could other teenagers whether or not they suffer from an eating disorder. This book is great because it discusses the causes and reasons for eating disorder, essentially gives the reader the inside scoop on what life is like for people with disorders. I learned how eating disorders can manifest into a really big problem, and how it can not only destroy yourself but relationships with close people as well. The relationship between ashley and Isabel show how influences on each other can make an eating disorder even worse. Although it is a cliche, I realized that its better to get comfortable with your own body, rather then trying to reach a perfect image. I would recommend this book to anyone, but i think it would touch teenager girls even more. If someone suffers from an eating disorder, i would hope it would encourage them that they are beautiful just they way they are.

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Pam Newton Nice work Hannah! I like the message you took away from the book.

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