Perfect – Natasha Friend

perfect

Eighth-grader Isabelle Lee describes her not-so-perfect life. She is dealing with her father’s death and her grieving mother by bingeing and purging. On the surface, everything is fine until Isabelle’s younger sister catches her in the bathroom making herself throw up. “Eating Disorder and Body Image Therapy Group” is the consequence. Isabelle is amazed when she discovers that the most popular girl in her grade is also at the first session. Through encounters in Group and at school, she begins to realize that all is not fine, even for seemingly perfect people.

This is a moving story of coping and self realization. I did gag a little because of her bulimia, but you get past that and get sucked into her emotions. Recommended. – Jessica, Teen Librarian

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