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Don't Call Me Kit Kat

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  360 ratings  ·  107 reviews
Junior high is where things really start to happen. Cliques form and break apart. Couples are made and destroyed. And a reputation is solidified that you won’t ever be able to escape. Everything you do and say, and everyone you spend your time with, matters.

Katie Mills knows that. She gets it. That’s why she tried so hard to get in with the cool girls at school. And why sh
Paperback, 312 pages
Published April 20th 2015 by K J Farnham Publishing LLC
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John Gilbert
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having previously read 'Spin' by the same author, I delved into this even more confronting novel of a young teenager growing up in difficulty. A warning to readers, it is about bulimia and confrontingly so. Having had a loved one dealing with symptoms of an eating disorder recently, this one was very hard to read for me and by the end I had used most of a box of tissues. It's an important issue and Ms Farnham does an excellent job of getting inside our heroine Katie's head and life. Recommended ...more
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I just couldn't put this book down even though it's way after midnight now. But it gripped me and it didn't let me go. And I wanted to shout at Katie and shake her and hug her and tell her everything will be well... it's such a gut churning story, it really made me feel for her, relate to her, understand what's so hard to understand for people not going through that. Only thing is... Why didn't she tell anyone? If she had told Tammy, maybe it wouldn't have had to happen... you'll see what I mean ...more
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May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dang. I had to stop and read this book in several sittings because I needed to get myself together. The story within is heartbreaking and beautiful.

It's about learning to let go, forgive oneself, and heal. It's also about friendships—both good and bad; communication—or the lack, thereof; and the phenomenon that seems to be the desire to fit in.

I totally recommend this ... ish. This book might make some very uncomfortable, especially if they don't stick it out till the end. I'm just glad this b
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
An important book which really shows what living with an eating disorder is like. I really did feel for Katie it felt very true to reality which made it even sadder but glad it was true to life. Hopefully will raise awareness.
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Farnham moved me in several ways, first with her ability to depict a clear picture of the horrors and dangers of an eating disorder, secondly to cover other social issues plaguing teens and thirdly to masterfully come across as a troubled teen loud and clear, her language expressed that of a teen floundering, very well done. Her stellar writing is filled with deep emotion as she holds nothing back in her characters along with their hard-hitting challenges. Dialogue is outstanding.

Katie is a teen
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015, arc
Don't Call Me Kit Kat takes you right inside the mind of 13 year old Katie. I was emotionally engaged, able to empathise with Katie and understand why she made some terrible decisions. I just wanted to reach out, wrap my arms around Katie and show her some unconditional love.

This novel explores some difficult topics such as underage drinking, bullying, mental health and eating disorders. It is entertaining, heart wrenching fiction as well as a great resource to understand more about eating diso
As all of my teen girls were too busy at this time, reading and reviewing Don't Call Me Kit Kat fell to me, the Mama. All in all, I'm still not sure how I feel about this book.
Would I have wanted my girls to read it, although it's likely nothing they don't deal with at school every day?
Would I have liked to have stuck my head in the sand and not learned anything more about bulimia and the cruelty that these kids go through regularly? Probably yes to my girls reading it and no to me being an Os
Saida Sukman
Apr 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a quick read for me. I didn't expect to enjoy it quite as much as I did, and I really didn't expect it to bring tears to my eyes. I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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Awesome Indies Book Awards

AIBA Book of the Day: 18 November, 2021: 239/42384

Awesome Indies Book Awards is pleased to include DON’T CALL ME KIT KAT by K.J. FARNHAM in the library of Awesome Indies' Badge of Approval recipients.

Original Awesome Indies' Assessment (4 stars):

Thirteen year old Katie is just about to start eighth grade. Like many young people of her age, she is struggling to fit in to a new social crowd—and having difficult doing so. Katie, known as Kit Kat to her family and few close friends, still has so
Helen Blackshear
Apr 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Billy Buttons
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was entered and was a FINALIST in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:

Title: Don’t Call Me Kit Kat
Author: K J Farnham
Star Rating: 5 Stars
Number of Readers: 28
Editing 9/10
Style 10/10
Cover 9/10
Plot 10/10
Total 38/40
Of the 28 readers:
28 would read another book by this author.
15 thought the writing style was the best part of the book.
11 thought the characters were the best, in particularly Katie.
2 thought the setting was the best part
27 thought the cover was
Sarah King
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this novel. Normally it takes me at least a couple of weeks to read a book, so the fact that I read this in less than two days says it all really! From the first couple of chapters I was hooked, wanting to know how things were going to turn out for Katie - I just couldn't put it down. Farnham is a very skilled story-teller, with the ability to show you a lot about a character in just a few lines. As a result, Katie is a well-developed, likeable, interesting, and sympathetic c ...more
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in exchange for an honest review! I loved this book! It captured perfectly what girls stress and deal with in school. Seeing Katie plunge herself into darkness and recover was a great way how the author captured these days of her life. The story was very well told and very realistic. Reading this will give you the insights on someone who controls her stress in a different way. The moment when Katie decided to do it, she knew it was because of the divorce, the name calling, a ...more
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
In this sad young adult novel, Katie "Kit Kat" is a young girl who suffers from an eating disorder. She lives with her overbearing mother and her stepfather along with her sister. Katie is a little bit overweight and gets criticized by her mother. She discovers Amy, one of the snooty girls at school leaving the bathroom after barfing up her food and decides that this is behavior that she should copy. This begins a downwards spiral as Katie binge eats, barfs, and eventually discovers laxatives. T ...more
Michelle Somers
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a fabulous, heart-wrenching story.
From the moment I started reading, K.J.Farnham hauled me out of my secure, familiar life and flung me right back into high school, and into Katie Mills’ head. And not once did she let me leave until the very last page. Every moment of Katie’s life became mine - I felt her pain, intensely. I relived what it was like to be back in school - the cliques, the peer pressure. The self-doubts and the need to fit in. The popular girls, and the ones who can only drea
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This book spoke to me. I have never personally suffered from an eating disorder, but I have had friends who have. While on the surface I felt like I understood what it was like, I have never really read a narrative that got to the core of understanding like this did.

This book was beautifully written and accurately depicted the voice of a teenager. This didn’t sound like an adult, trying to sound like a teenager, it felt real.

This book isn’t a fun, happy story. It’s a true gritty look at the ho
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was heartbreaking in its honest portrayal of a teenager developing an eating disorder, its causes, effects and how it impacts on the people in her life as well as her.

Kit Kat/Katie wants to be in with the in crowd, but her confidence is as low as it could get. She is at an age where things are changing for everyone, appearance in some peoples eyes is highly important and she doesn't feel like she fits in anywhere. Its incredibly sad just how quickly she decends into punishing herself w
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This book was a bit of a slow start, but got gripping quickly. I’m a school counselor so although this hit a little close, it also was a great read. It felt very realistic to me, but could be triggering to some.
Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

It is about a teenager growing up with her parents getting a divorce and in school high school wanting to fit in like the others and gets bulimia
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is not the sort of book I would usually go for but something about it spoke to me when browsing so I decided to purchase it. I am so glad I did.

This is about so much more than eating disorders, it is a deeply insightful look at the experiences of teenagers throughout the "First World". From the outside it all looks so easy doesn't it, we all have so much and yet, the one thing we often don't have is Control. This novel is from a teenage girl's perspective but it could just as easily be a te
Jun 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I got the sample on kindle and the beginning was a little cheesy. Teen girls in grade 8 worried about a dance. But i am glad i kept going because things got more intense after a slow start. It was really interesting reading about this girl's state of mind and i couldn't put it down. We really got to see inside her mind and how she turned to an eating disorder to cope with her life. Her mother and the family dynamics were extremely realistic for me.
I also liked the part when she got help. I foun
Donna Midgley
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have never read a young adult book that deals greatly with eating disorders. When I first started reading this book, I never read the blurb so I didn’t know what to expect and it completely moved me when the eating disorder progressed. The storyline progressed slowly but there was never a time when any part of the book wasn’t necessary. At times, it was hard to read because Katie’s eating disorder develops when she feels like she’s losing control of her life. A life where she has friends but s ...more
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book.

It was absolutely amazing and powerful. But also had me crying most of the time.

Katie Mills is your typical teenager who wants to fit in with the cool crowd. But she fails and when she becomes the brunt of everyone's joke she doesn't know what to do or how to get out of this rut that she finds herself in.

I found this book to be a breakthrough for young girls out there especially one dealing with depression and disorders. But I also learned a lot more about how hard it could b
Jody Joy
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
Should be in all.....

Middle school and high school libraries. The last two books I have read by Ms. Farnham containing subjects that no one seems to want to talk about, but these are subjects that people need to talk about and need to open their eyes up to these problems that are going on around them. We cannot just sweep these sore subjects under the carpets and expect them to go away. And in her last two books I have read, she brings the subjects out in the open and on the table like no other
Tracy Trixy
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, and was the first time I’ve read from this author, and about this topic.

I spent a lot of the time wanting to give Kat a hug, and a pep talk! This is why I love about reading about young adult books, all the trials faced, the little cliques, and the pains of the teenage years!

This is about Kat who is experiencing issues at school and in her home life.. I really don’t want to give away too much, but it’s definitely worth a read :)
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Katherine (Katie) was given the nickname Kit Kat as a toddler. The name stuck and it became so much more than just a nickname. This is a story dealing with bulimia, and the writer does a very good job of the before, during and after of this illness. I think this is just as an important book for adults to read as its target audience of teens. Well done.
Jilayne Siewert
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The struggle is real

What a wonderful window into the mind of a teen with an eating disorder. Teens, esp. girls, can be so vicious. The struggle to fit in is so real. After reading it once watching from the main character's perspective, I believe I may read it again to focus on the secondary characters and how their interactions could change Kate's choices. Great read for a teen book club!
Natalie Haworth
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book filled with true experiences of eating disorders! I appreciate that it’s not just a frilly story.

Great book filled with true experiences of eating disorders! I appreciate that it’s not just a frilly story. Great read!
Samantha Waldow
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Katie but everyone calls her kit kat is 13 year old girl. She is in middle school and dealing with middle school problems. She really wants to fit in with cool crowd. She has so much pressure from peers to her mother. She just wants control and to fit in. She finds an out by throwing up. Something would trigger her and she would scarf so much sweets to make herself feel better to later purge it all up. She even has a system of what is easier to throw up. She doesn't see how bad she has gotten ti ...more
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K. J. Farnham writes contemporary fiction for women and young adults. She grew up in the Milwaukee area and now lives in western Wisconsin.

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