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Someone to Love: A Moving and Powerful YA Novel Hardcover – January 2, 2018
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"Paired with resources on how to get help with eating disorders, anxiety, and depression, this book is a welcome addition to any library that services teens." -School Library Journal
About the Author
Melissa de la Cruz is the #1 New York Times, #1 Publishers Weekly and #1 IndieBound bestselling author of novels for readers of all ages, including The Isle of the Lost and Return to the Isle of the Lost. Her books have topped the USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times bestseller lists and have been published in more than twenty countries. Today she lives in Los Angeles and Palm Springs with her husband and daughter.
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This book was so sad. I learned quite a bit about the perspective of a person struggling with an eating disorder, but it was a very hard book to read. I was glad to see things looking up for Liv at the end of the book, but I found myself skimming ahead often so I could finish quickly. I didn't like the way the author addressed underage drinking - mostly everyone in the book either ignored it, encouraged it, or participated in it. I didn't care for the loose morals of many of the characters or the profanity. I also didn't like way a certain political agenda was being pushed in the book, though I know my opinion is unpopular. I gave the book three stars because of the much needed portrayal of health and family issues as well as an encouragement towards body positivity, but I didn't care for the rest of it.
I received a review copy of the book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Notes about this book: I'm not an ex-cutter, nor have I ever had an eating disorder, so I didn't find the book particularly triggering. What I did find was that it sort of read like a textbook description of bulimia would. I didn't really feel the emotions that drove Liv to her eating disorder.
Another note is that this book is a continuation of sorts of one of her last books, Something in Between. But it really shouldn't have been! One of the big problems I have with this book is that there is just too much of it - about 200 pages too much. Instead of picking up the same characters from that book (it's not a sequel, per se, but instead focuses on a younger sibling of one of the characters), de la Cruz could have written an interesting and engaging book about new characters. But I know that her last book was personal to her, and I feel like she just wanted a chance to casually revisit how amazing and perfect the heroine of that last book was.
But maybe all of her heroines are perfect? The book is about 400 pages long, and it's around page 350 that the protagonist finally admits she has a problem. By 385, about a month later, she's back to realizing that she's amazing, that she's loved, that her family is the best, that she never should have done that to herself, and that she's super talented. And of course she is a super talented artist! She enters a competitive art show and of course is chosen even though her entire application is a letter that quotes extensively from "a good friend," only to at the end reveal that the friend was a famous artist she met in passing. It's a massive humblebrag about how awesome he thought she was based on their 5 minutes together.
Thoughts: Like many YA authors, the writer tries to include too many topical issues - coming out, eating disorders, self-injury, alcoholism and immigration law to name a few, which could have been handled better by shrinking the list. There were also subplots - for example, Olivia's pact with her artsy friend Danny - that were raised and then dropped abruptly. Also the ending seemed a little too sentimental. However, I enjoyed the quotes at the head of each chapter, and the author does raise timely subjects.
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