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Just Perfect Paperback – December 2, 2014
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We follow Cristina Jacobs as she strives to dowhat many of us do - fit in, make friends, to be, well, just a regular girl.But that's certainly not easy for a girl whose mother has passed away, whosefather is an alcoholic, who has been betrayed by a friend and her boyfriend,and who is bullied at school. Losing control of her life, Cristinasuccumbs to the seeming charms of anorexia. But when her weight dips to dangerous levels, when herlife spins even further out of control, it seems unlikely that Cristina willever come back.
Just Perfect is an excellent account of the experience of anorexia, andthe types of emotions and difficulties that can lead to this very difficultdisease. Just Perfect would be awonderful read for teens or young adults who have suffered from an eatingdisorder themselves, or who have friends who have. But it is also a creativeand well written story that would appeal to any reader who likes good fiction.I am pleased to be able to highly recommend Just Perfect by Hanne Arts. I lookforward to reading more by this very promising author in the future.
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Hanne Arts has lived in four different countries, but she has a heartfor girls all over the world who struggle with bullying, depression, and eatingdisorders. That is what inspired her to write Just Perfect.
Hanne's novel is not an easy book to read. It isdefinitely not a fairy tale or typical happily-ever-after novel. It helpedme understand more about the terrible things that people go through, as well ashow people's minds can turn inexplicably against themselves.
About the Author
Rising from the depths of bullying, Hanne Arts has written about her personal struggles with depression, which landed her in the intensive care department of a foreign hospital and pushed her into the arms of a dangerous eating disorder. Her fictional memoir, written at the age of seventeen, attained immediate success and praise from other sufferers, who have found solace in her words and the relatable experiences she so accurately portrays.
She wrote Just Perfect in the hope of helping others who struggle with mental health issues to accept help and defeat their inner demons. By publishing her own journey, she strives to give voice to all those who themselves feel voiceless.
Find out more about Hanne at hanne-arts.blogspot.sk and check out her Facebook page at facebook.com/HanneArtsBlogging.
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I often, like the author when I was her age, wondered what I was still living for. Her experience rings true. I’ve been through it. People on the outside don’t understand that anorexia isn’t something you “decide” to do – it’s in the subconscious. When I was five foot six and well under ninety pounds and no one noticed, it only reinforced that sense of being invisible that the author describes. The self-loathing, the feeling of isolation, the sense of detachment from the body that you don’t even know is there, the feeling of “freakishness.” The author describes all of this with words that ring true. She has obviously poured her heart and soul into this tome.
However, I feel the author spent a little too much time on therapy, and not enough time on how she “achieved” her low weight, and what she went through to get there. One minute she is bullied and reacts by self-starving and cutting, then her hip bones are prominent and she is in the hospital. Something is missing. A lot is missing. Yet, to some degree, I can understand her focus on the hospital, so that she could establish the reasons for her healthy relationship with Fililp.
Overall, I’m awarding this book four stars because the author actually managed to draw me into a high school story, and because as a very talented and promising young author, I want to encourage her. Much of this book is too wordy and overly descriptive, and could be made much more pithy. But that’s OK. This budding young author is feeling her oats, and I’m sure her writing will mature with time. This is a solid first effort for someone so young.
The book ultimately ends on a note of hope. The closing ties in nicely with the title, and is ripe with the possibility of new beginnings.
Hanne Arts has the unique gift of allowing the reader to share her journey and join her along every step of the way. She has the gift of letting others feel her pain.
Just Perfect is no longer just a story, but a piece of her journey, of her personality. It wasn’t infrequently that the novel had me shaking my head in confusion. How cruel people can be sometimes, and what horrible things they are capable of doing.
Just Perfect was a book that truly resonated with me, as it was written with such a blunt honesty that left no stone unturned. Bravely depicting a chain of unfathomable events, the novel cast shocking insights into the everyday lives of those suffering from a depression or eating disorder. Therefore, I believe it is a must-read for anyone wanting to understand the consequences of childhood trauma, the struggle of living with a mental illness, and the fight one must have with oneself in order to overcome one’s inner demons.
Bullying can scar a person in so many ways, and the ensuing consequences can be further-reaching than one can wrap his head around. Just Perfect depicts this struggle, sharing the important message that the scars that remain are real, and life-changing. And that nobody is ever alone in his or her fight to get back on track.
Author Hanne Arts’ novel JUST PERFECT is the story of Christina Jacobs, who just wants to be accepted. If only life were so simple. She lives with her alcoholic father. Her mother is dead. She has a friend that turns out not to be a friend. Her boyfriend lets her down. And she’s beat up and humiliated by her classmates. As her life grows worse and worse she follows the path of many young women and men, a path that often leads to self-destruction. Will Christina be able to overcome her fragile life and see the beauty in herself?
The author has written a tender story of family, friends, and love and the sad things that can go wrong. I think more details about Christina’s treatment for Anorexia would have added to the story because it’s so destructive. That said, JUST PERFECT would make a good read for children and teens that have self-image issues or that are experiencing bullying at school or in their neighborhoods.
The author provided me with a copy of the eBook for my honest review.
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