Sanctuary Of Mine Kindle Edition
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Shelly Pratt has delved into the world of a heartbreaking disease and she has managed to absolutely crumbled my heart in to 100's Of pieces and then picked those pieces up and put me back together.
There are books written to teach us some thing in life and this book is one for me.
This book is about survival and fighting your way through something so HUGE it just hurts to breathe. When an author pours their heart and soul into a book you feel that essence, I was transfix from page one.
It was probably one of my ugliest but happy cries yet.
Simply amazing Shelly, you took my breath away and showed me that even with pain there can be light at the end.
5 massive stars!
You will not regret reading this book!
Not like with others whom have eating disorders because they think they are fat or the disorder is more mental so they keep seeing themselves as fat even though they are skinny. So people who turn to an eating disorder for control tend to get back on track pretty fast once they feel they have more control in their lives. Now overall the book was just ok it lacked character depth and could have had a little more character development but overall it was ok. In my opinion I say you can borrow the book it wasn't THAT good that it's something you will reread or even care to have in your book library. Now this review is based upon the contents in the book and NOT the author. I understand that us readers read a book in a lot faster time than the time it takes an author to write it but even with that said this book didn't do it for me.
Sanctuary Of Mine is about one teenage girl's struggle for control, one young man's dedication to help someone with love, and how how young romance and need to never let go can conquer all. With her parents divorced, her dad away on constant deployments, and a mother who doesn't listen, MacKenzie Deeks feels she has no control in her life. The only way she can find it is through her body, more precisely with her weight. She is bulimic and anorexic and believes she hides both disorders so well.
But she doesn't. People have noticed with a single look. Her mother. Her new best friend, who comfort eats. The most popular guy in school. They all know -- or at least suspect -- and they don't know quite what to do.
While Sanctuary Of Mine isn't the all gritty, gut-wrenching read I expected it to be, it was a book I enjoyed and that was well worth the time. I could feel Mack's nervousness and self-doubt, as well as her need to just let go. The urge to have some kind of escape while still maintain a sense of control was visceral in her actions and narration. Purging becomes that release and an addiction for her.
"I look a complete and utter mess, not at all like the pretty girl my dad used to call me. But for some reason, I feel better and in control. It's like with one simple purge I feel like a weight as been lifted from my shoulders. That feeling is kind of euphoric, which makes doing it kind of addictive."
Tyler Redding's desire to get to know Mack and help her was also palpable. Though seemingly a rugby jock with an ideal family and home life, he has his own hard experience with eating disorders. He's genuinely caring and nurturing while still being a guy who can think with his pants. Even though I found his infatuation with Mack in the beginning a little much without good reason, it did add to the mystery of how deep his affection truly went and if he simply wanted to be a savior. I adored him more and more with each page, though.
My favorite character has to be Mack's new best and only friend, Levi.
"Funny how two people can have such a different relationship with food. I avoid it, wanting some sort of control when I know other things are beyond it. He seems to like food - too much. It would appear in order to replace his misery he feeds himself to feel some sort of happiness."
Levi is the geeky, gay friend who accepts Mack with no questions asked. He was there for her, always, and eventually helps her fight herself along with himself. He and his relationship with Mack made me smile, laugh, and get all gooey inside.
I think my only big issue with the book was that I needed to see more of Mack struggling to fight through her disorders. That would have made the whole story more real to me, especially considering the severity of the subject matter. One minor thing: the mushiness between Mack and Tyler ... I wasn't expecting it. I could've done with less, but it did add that teenage angst and desperation to hold on to first loves.
The last third or quarter of the book was fabulous, ratcheting up on the drama, suspense, and real life pain. I teared up, couldn't put the book down even though it was 3am, and ... gah! I can't say or I'll spoil the ending.
Sanctuary Of Mine is a lighter story on eating disorders but no less moving, with wonderful characters, young romance that never dies, and a nice HEA. I'd recommend it to mature young adults looking for a serious topic with sweet romance as the highlight.
This book takes on the subject of eating disorders and how it affects the person and the people around them. Of course there is a love story interwoven in there too. I would have liked to have known what, if anything, set Tyler's sister off on her path of anorexia, since we knew Mack' s story about her start and how Levi seemed to start his comfort eating. I loved Tyler and how strong he was. He seemed so mature for his age, in more was than one! "Get back in the warm tub. That will help with the pain." He knows this at 19! He must have done lots of reading or something while away for a year and half! LOL
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