JUST PERFECT by Hanne Arts
The author of this book is only 18 years old, yet she writes with an honesty and intelligence that is well beyond her years. Her ability to convey emotion and to draw the reader into her world is truly exceptional.
Her mother is dead and her father has fallen into the life of a barely functioning alcoholic. Christina has one good female friend and a boyfriend to whom she can turn for comfort, companionship and solace.
However, when her friend cheats off her test and her boyfriend dumps her, Christina’s life starts a dismal downward spiral.
Bullied and taunted by those she once thought were her friends, having to take care of her alcoholic father, and not liking what she sees in the mirror, Christina starts to starve herself. This leads to cutting and finally to thoughts of suicide.
Can Christina find the strength of will to fight through her horrible situation? Or will she become just another statistic? Will she end up as a teenage suicide victim who gave up all hope of a better future?
The despair she feels is well written and the reader cannot help but empathize with her situation. The reader is drawn into Christina’s downward spiral into despair and I couldn’t help but wish I had known this girl and been able to help her somehow.
This book highlights just how desperate some teenagers can become. Why didn’t her teachers notice her dramatic weight loss? Where were the safeguards that are supposed to be in place for our younger generation?
This book is an important one. It is important that other teenagers who are facing situations similar to the one in this book, know that they are not alone and that there is hope. It may be cliche, but they need to know that there is light at the end of their dark tunnel.
Though this book is targeted at a young adult audience, I think that all parents, especially those who have teenagers, should read this book as well. I realize it is fiction, but it is also too realistic to not have some basis in fact.
This book firmly deserves a 5 star rating. Hanne Arts may be a young author, but she is also a very talented one. I look forward to reading more books by her and I believe she has a long writing career ahead of her.
To learn more about this author, visit her blog at http://hanne-arts.blogspot.ca
I received a free eBook of JUST PERFECT from the author in exchange for an honest review.