Originally published 2016-08-03: Growing up and fitting in are eating a young girl alive in Dont Call Me Kit Kat. by K. J. Farnham
As anyone who has gone through it can tell you, being a teenager sucks.
Your body is no longer something you understand. Your friends start to change and drift apart. Your parents seem like aliens and prison guards at the same time. You’re expected to look, act, and take on the responsibilities of a young adult. And that’s a difficult switch from being a carefree kid.
And for those who find themselves not fitting in for whatever reason, it can be even harder.
Junior high is where things really start to happen. Cliques form and break apart. Couples are made and destroyed. And a reputation is solidified that you won’t ever be able to escape. Everything you do and say, and everyone you spend your time with, matters.
Katie Mills knows that. She gets it. That’s why she tried so hard to get in with the cool girls at school. And why she was so devastated when those efforts found her detained for shoplifting and laughed out of cheer squad tryouts.
But Katie has more to worry about than just fitting in. Her parents are divorced and always fighting. Her sister never has time for her. And her friends all seem to be drifting apart. Even worse? The boy she has a crush on is dating the mean girl at school.
Everything is a mess, and Katie doesn’t feel like she has control over any of it. Certainly not over her weight, which has always topped out at slightly pudgier than normal—at least, according to her mother.
So when she happens to catch one of the popular girls throwing up in the bathroom one day, it sparks an idea. A match that quickly engulfs her life in flames.
Is there any going back once she gets started down this path?
And would she even want to if she could?
At first, I was a little hesitant to read this book. I’m not a huge fan of Young Adult stories, because I don’t often find them relatable. But this one pulled me in hard – and fast.
I remember being just like Katie at thirteen. I was the pudgy one who suddenly found herself without a lot of friends when everyone started worrying more about looks and popularity than who’s a great runner or catcher.
Being ostracized can lead to a lot of problems. For Katie, it leads her down the path of a dangerous, easily-hidden eating disorder that will change her life forever.
Don’t Call Me Kit Kat by K.J. Farnham gets three of five stars for being an interesting, moving read that, while it was a little long and repetitious in parts, is a solid story I recommend to anyone who wants to know more about eating disorders.
If you suspect you or someone you know has an eating disorder, you can take the first step toward finding help and resources at http://www.mybodyscreening.org/.
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