Published by HarperTeen on October 6th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Every year on her birthday, Ashley Perkins gets a card from her grandmother—a card that always contains a promise: lose enough weight, and I will buy your happiness.
Ashley doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with the way she looks, but no amount of arguing can persuade her grandmother that “fat” isn’t a dirty word—that Ashley is happy with her life, and her body, as it is.
But Ashley wasn’t counting on having her dreams served up on a silver platter at her latest birthday party. She falters when Grandmother offers the one thing she’s always wanted: tuition to attend Harvard University—in exchange for undergoing weight loss surgery.
As Ashley grapples with the choice that little white card has given her, she feels pressured by her friends, her family, even administrators at school. But what’s a girl to do when the reflection in her mirror seems to bother everyone but her?
Through her indecisions and doubts, Ashley’s story is a liberating one—a tale of one girl, who knows that weight is just a number, and that no one is completely perfect.
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I honestly wanted to love this book, because of the main topic of it, which is about loving your own body. But. BUT le sigh. I didn’t. I liked it, but I didn’t loved it. It was, in other words, MEH to me.
Jen Larson talks about how one deals with the fact when everyone around her, including her grandmother, decides that she has to slim down, because “you will never be successful in that body“. Even though I know I’m not fat, but this still speaks to me, because I know what it feels like to have everyone making decisions about your body for you. So, yes I really wanted to love this book. But the way it was being told? It was messy. There were conversations any where, and every where, by everyone and I felt like my head was spinning trying to keep up with everything.
Add on to the fact that the main character, Ashley, was quite indecisive, and that totally irked me. Her thoughts were all jumbled up and I honestly could not connect to her character. I felt that she did not know what she actually wanted until the last chapter of the book. It was just….. messy. The only reason why I still continued on reading is because I wanted to know if she would finally stand up for herself HAHA.
But yeah…. Meh.