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Someone to Love by Melissa de la Cruz
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I wanted to fall madly in love with this book...but alas I couldn't. I have been reading Melissa de la Cruz since she published her Blue Blood Series, way back in the day. So I thought this book would be a slam dunk but the topic of an eating disorder is dangerous water to tread in. The reason is, as someone who once struggled with one, I find authors have a hard time accurately portraying the internal struggles and it usually ends quickly with things wrapped up in a nice little bow.

That same thing happened here, Liv is struggling with her bulimia and the story constantly discusses how she counts calories, but then she frequently drinks to take the edge off her hunger. In my disorder and recovery, we count those as empty calories, alcohol isn't calorie free. Liv just didn't go there for me as a character, while she seemed to go through the motions and struggles in her eating disorder, she isn't there emotionally. I wanted to be in her mind and feel the melt down, the disappoint, and the guilt but she never reaches that emotional level where we connected.

I feel that this might largely be in part to the fact that if you have never had an eating disorder, you simply don't understand it. But also the fact that there were so many micro-stories and characters in the plot line that it over shadowed Liv's story. Liv is in high school in all AP classes but she hardly ever does homework. Liv is struggling to get to her goal weight, but I don't even know how tall she is until the end of the story...honestly, how can I know if a weight is extreme or not, 100 pounds on someone who is 5' tall versus 6' tall is very different.

Its the little things like this that leave me feeling disconnected. While the story wasn't bad, it was simply meh. The ending was way too quick, I wanted to hear her therapy session, I wanted to see her eating, and there was not a single mention of purging after people find out about her bulimia. This was extremely disappointing, Melissa could have been the movement to normalize these sorts of things but she glides over them. In the end, I finished the read but its not something I will ever pick up again...and I can't say I would recommend it either.
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Reading Progress

March 26, 2018 – Shelved
March 26, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
April 6, 2018 – Started Reading
April 7, 2018 – Finished Reading

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