- Audio CD
- Publisher: Recorded Books (2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1419370189
- ISBN-13: 978-1419370182
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 6.2 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,770,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author
Spending most of her childhood at the Hamilton Public Library, Natasha found her mecca, the young-adult section, and her hero, Judy Blume. She, too, wanted to write stories about girls who felt alone. Girls whose parents were screw-ups. Girls with spunk and spirit and resolve.
Natasha began dictating stories to her father, who typed them up on his 1930's Remington typewriter. Most involved rainbows, unicorns, and poor orphan girls discovering treasure.
She knew she was supposed to be a writer in seventh grade, when a sweet boy gave her a love poem and she felt compelled to correct it for syntax and rhyme scheme.
Today, Natasha is the award-winning author of Perfect, Lush, Bounce, For Keeps, and My Life in Black and White.
When she isn't writing, she is building forts and making chocolate-chip pancakes.
Natasha lives on the Connecticut shoreline with her husband, three children, and dog, Beckett.
Visit her at www.natashafriend.com
Top Customer Reviews
I'm sure this is how the protagonist Isabelle Lee in Perfect feels. You'd do anything to feel good, not only in your clothes, but inside your vulnerable self. Isabelle's eating disorder is Bulimia: eat, purge, eat, purge. How else can she cover her feelings about her father's death, her mother's denial of it, and her seeming lack of popularity in her eighth grade class? To her horror her younger sister discovers Isabelle vomiting. Her mother makes her go to an eating disorder group for girls her age. To her amazement the most popular girl in school, Ashley Barnum, is there in group as well. Ashley's disorder is that of taking laxatives. They bond together to go through the stages of recovery filled with distrust, shifting friendships, courage, and finally confidence. Along the way Isabelle helps her sister and her mother face their grief, just by being more sure of who she really is.
Eating disorders are all too common in younger and younger children in our society, ranging from rampant obesity to anorexia. Perfect describes in page turning novel form how young girls can find help and support in eating disorder groups where confidentiality, mentors, and understanding of their disorder offer deep encouragement and healing.Read more ›
The real story begins when Bella is caught throwing up by her younger sister April, who promptly rats her out when Bella refuses to give April her bike (caring, isn't she?). While in eating disorder rehab, Bella discovers Ashley, one of the most popular girls in school, also has bulimia. In exchange for Ashley's silence, Ashley befriends Bella and lets her sit at the popular table. Sadly, that is as deep as the stpry gets.
Bella is bulimic largely because of the stress she endures at home. While bulimic acts are sometimes triggered by emotions, a large part of it is weight and self-esteem issues. Perfect never deals with body consciousness and completely ignores that side of the issue. The book glosses over Bella's therapy and instead chooses to focus on Bella's friendship with Ashley. What makes this story even more annoying is that their friendship is not believable. Bella only wants to be friends with Ashley because she's beautiful and popular, and Ashley wants to save her reputation. Friend never fully develops any of the others girls in rehab or Bella's 'best' friends, who are mentioned maybe five or six times in the book. Even Ashley is a flat, static, character. The other 'main' characters (who are still not mentioned as often as Ashley is) are Bella's mom and sister, and they are both incredibly irritating by the end of the book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I stumbled upon the back of this book accidentally, on a trip to the library. I as a bit hesitant to read it at first, being that the whole eating disorder subject was still touchy... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
PLEASE DO NOT LET YOUR CHILD READ THIS BOOK. My daughter found this book in her school library in eighth grade, read it, and LEARNED what overeating and binging is because of it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Colleen
This was my favorite book growing up. I read it when I was about 11 or so...and re -read it a few times. I went on to develop bulimia- using the tips in this book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by fluterbrd1
Harder to read and enjoy now that I'm older, but still an epic book.Published 5 months ago by Vixie
I absolutely love this book but I want a sequel because you don't get to find out what happens to Ashley I want to know if she overcomes her disorder or not!Published 9 months ago by Tammy Amberger
At her first eating disorders therapy group, Isabelle is surprised to see Ashley, the prettiest, most popular and perfect eight grader in school. Read more
Read this book as a teenager and it definitely made me feel better about my body. Read it again at 23 and it still has the same effect!Published 16 months ago by Claire
This book was so good but a little harder at first to find out the characters but I love his book it was soo goodPublished 16 months ago by soo good