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Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies Paperback – February 5, 2009
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When I first started reading this book, I had some really uncomfortable feelings about the accuracy and realism of certain elements in the book. First, of all, the main character is, by her own accounts, overweight, yet she grabs unhealthy foods by the handful and doesn't seem to see the connection. As a former teacher, this type of thinking isn't realistic as students are now taught from a very early age which foods are bad for them. The fact she only seems to realize it later in the book seemed off to me. Also, I find it impossible to believe that a company specializing in overweight models would call their company and contest "HuskyPeach". That name just rubbed me wrong the whole time. It's so politically incorrect and such a company would be lambasted for their bad judgment. Lastly, the instances of bullying in the book are hard to read but seem so unrealistic when some of that verbal bullying took place right in front of teachers who said nothing. Again, as a former teacher, maybe I was being too critical, but there's no way such abuse would be tolerated.
Overall, it was an okay book. Once I got over my initial misgivings (and ignored the others), I found the book to be cute with some good messages. It was a bit over the top of drama for me, but I know many of my ex-students who would gobble it right up for just that reason.
The character of Celeste is real, and I mean really real. I've taught a few Celestes, at least the way she is in the beginning of the story: thoroughly ashamed of her body, unable to believe she could do anything about it (whether she could or not), allowing many of her peers to disrespect her, spending a lot of energy every day just trying to avoid being confronted too directly with her own shame. And in reality, she would probably be ok if she could just get a little genuine confidence, a sense of her own worth as a person, a bit more awareness of her power.
SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS!
The story goes better for this Celeste than it does for many young women. She learns how to put on makeup skillfully, she makes better decisions about her diet and lifestyle. And then she's surrounded by people telling her she's beautiful.
The important point - hopefully all the teen readers will notice! (though I sadly see that not all the adults did) - is that not so much actually changes on the outside. She loses nine pounds. Nine pounds is not nothing and on most figures it would make a difference, but she didn't actually become thin. She starts wearing lip gloss. Nine pounds and lip gloss. Those things must help of course, but The Real Change in true bildungsroman style is that she gains strength and confidence and insight, especially into herself. She starts standing up for herself, she dumps a fake friend for some genuine ones.Read more ›
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'Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies' by Erin Dionne is an interesting, poignant read. It captures the essence of self-esteem issues and how mean girls (and boys) can enhance the... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Beth Rodgers
This is a really great book. I would recommend this to all my friends. It was a very exciting book. Overall I thought it was a really good book.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
No matter what her nosy aunt or well-intentioned mother have to say about it, the last thing Celeste wants is to be a contestant in a modeling contest. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kelsey McAtee
This book is very stereotypical . The blonde girl is skinny and athletic. While the fat (if you will) girl wants to be like her. Also, the plot line is unreal and dull. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
The main character named Celeste is an overweight thirteen year old. The story's setting is mainly at Celeste's home but school and the "HuskyPeach", a modeling business... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Olivia L.
The lesson of this book could not be taught better. Recommended for anyone feeling low or needing a reminder of their importance.Published 7 months ago by Hanna Marin
This book was very inspiring for a girl like me because it tells the story of it doesn't matter what you look like in life and that you have to have courage and determination to... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Hollywood you rising starsðð¨ð ðð¢ððð
This was a great read! So worth the time and so worth the money! This is such a great inspiration to plus-sized girls and slim girls everywhere to stay fit and healthy and great... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Lauren Claire Foote