Dell is used to disappointment. Ever since her dad left, it’s been one let down after another. But no one—not even her best friend—gets all the pain she’s going through. So Dell hides behind self-deprecating jokes and forced smiles.
Then the one person she trusts betrays her. Dell is beyond devastated. Without anyone to turn to for comfort, her depression and self-loathing spin out of control. But just how far will she go to make all of the heartbreak and name-calling stop?
I’m going to be honest, I couldn’t really get into this book. Primary reason is easy. First of all, you know that summary? You know, that one? *points up* Yeah, not really what the book is about. It outlines the overall start of the book, but it doesn’t mention the overall uh, theme. So I’ll tell you, so you aren’t confused like I was.
This is a book about an eating disorder. Compulsive Over Eating, or emotional eating depending on how you want to look at it. Pretty simple, Dell’s life goes to crap and she stuffs herself with food to feel ‘whole’, getting up to 286 pounds. Summary does mention the whole self-deprecating joke thing as deflection, so good job there. Then something else happens. I’m a little hesitant to mention (it’s 70 pages in out of 250 page book – but you are slightly warned for a small spoiler), but I feel like it’s important cause it kinda smacked me in the face while reading. So then Dell is raped.
I felt like this book was trying to tackle 80 Big Issues at once and I never got the depth I would want for any one of those Big Issues. Obesity, crap home life, depression, bullying and rape are just some of them, but other than her weight issues, it was like these things were used as a The-World-Hates-Dell devices more than actually addressing anything about them.
Dell herself frustrated me a lot. I found her incredibly whiny, self-absorbed, spineless and did I mention whiny? She was very quick to blame parents, her only friend and everyone else for her problems, but never really wanted to take responsibility for her own actions. She was also distrusting to a point where she doubted everyone’s motives and I felt like she was creating a self-fulling prophecy of failure.
All of that being said, I have a number of friends who read and liked this book. I’m kind of in the minority over here, so if you like books about these things, then by all means, check it out!
If you’re looking for another good read similar to Empty, check out Butter by Erin Jade Lange.
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