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Today I’m going to be reviewing What Kind of Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel and What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard, two books I’ve read recently that I loved and found to be super informative and important but also entertaining reads!!
What Kind of Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Publication Date: February 4th 2020
Stop what you’re doing right now and go pick up this book!
What Kind of Girl answers the question of: What kind of girl stays after her boyfriend hits her? When Mike Parkers girlfriend shows up to school with a bruise on her face and tells the principal he hit her, North Bay Academy is in uproar. Some are taking his side, others are rallying for his suspension.
This book explores the question of “what kind of girl?”, it explores domestic abuse from it’s beginning to it’s end through a dual perspective forming an important read I could not put down.
Trigger Warnings: domestic abuse, self-harm, cutting, eating disorder, bulimia, drug-use, panic attacks.
I’ve had this on my radar since the start of the year. It was one of my most-anticipated books of the year and so I’m very glad I enjoyed it as much as I did. I’m also very glad I managed to read this cover for cover in one day as I thought that added to my reading experience.
I think my favourite part of this was the dual perspective and the way this book was written at the beginning. We have only titles of “the popular girl”, “the girlfriend”, “the burnout”, “the bulimic”, “the anxious girl”, etc. We see that these characters have flaws and have made mistakes and continue to struggle but that doesn’t minimise their experiences or their pain. I came to love these characters so much and I think this writing style added to that.
I would 100% recommend this novel, if it’s something you’re comfortable reading.
What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard
Publication Date: June 6th 2017
Can I get a halleluiah for finally reading this book. Every summer I say I’m going to pick this book and then I never do UNTIL NOW!
What I Lost follows Elizabeth who at the beginning of the novel is admitted to treatment for her eating disorder and it’s from there we follow her up-hill journey to recovery.
Trigger Warnings: eating disorder, anorexia, bulimia, self-harm.
I have barely any knowledge of eating disorders and so I cannot comfortably say how accurate the portrayal of eating-disorders or recovery is however I was very moved by this and I felt like I learnt a lot.
I didn’t feel like this at all glorified the illness. It showed the harsh and ugly realities but I did appreciate the more heartfelt moments of Elizabeth forming friendships and strong bonds with other residents.
There’s a slight hint of romance which I don’t think was necessary. I thought the love interest was a bit of a jerk especially in the way the way he handled Elizabeth’s anorexia.
While this was my first experience reading a novel about eating-disorders I’m really hoping it won’t be the last. Any recommendations you may have will be greatly appreciated!