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4.0 out of 5 starsGood story
Reviewed in the United States on September 2, 2018
I felt this story was good but it definitely dragged on too long. I know this is a huge problem with society today for girls to be thin.
This is an interesting and informative book. It gives you the insider view, not the clinical view. I started this book and didn't put it down until I finished. This book is not for entertainment. It is educational. I recommend everyone to read this book.
This book was pretty good, as someone who has dealt with bulimia in the past I could easily identify with Kaitlyn. The title of this book was pretty off putting for me, it seemed too dramatic and reminded me of a Lifetime movie title but I'm glad that I read the book. Most reviewers liked that it was written like a diary, I liked books written that way growing up, but now I'm not too keen on it. I also didn't care that all the blame was put on the Dad for Kaitlyn becoming bulimic, its unfair to put all the blame on someone else for your actions. The author Elaine Babich did an excellent job of setting up the story but I felt like when Kaitlyn was admitted to the hospital that the book became rushed somehow, but hey, nothings perfect. I think this is an excellent book for YA.
You Never Called Me Princess By Elaine Babich, I JUST finished this book and Immediately needed to come online and write a review through my tears. This is a YA book that I believe EVERY parent and teenager should read. Its told through 13 yr old Kaitlyn's eyes. We watch Kaitlyn's life through a series of life changes, her best friend moving, a sister being attacked another sister in an abusive relationship and Parents who are just like you and me, even though we don't want to think so, we watch Kaitlyn go on a downward spiral that could kill her. I cannot even begin to tell you how well this book is written.Wonderfully told as a 13 yr old would tell a story. Sometimes I wanted to just ooohhhhh shake her and tell her to STOP IT! And other times I wanted to take her in my arms and tell her everything would be alright. As a parent this was hard to read , as a parent of child who suffered with an eating disorder this was a MUST read. Kaitlyn's story is so many teenager's story, and how many times we just don't see it happening. Elaine Babich writes a brutally honest look at what goes through the Child's mind, and how family and friends react. I give this book 5 GOLDEN STARS I wish I could give more.. SO WELL WRITTEN...Just WOW!!
Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2011
I loved that this was a read that kept me interested the whole time. I finished the entire book in a matter of hours. I like it was written like you were reading a 13 year olds diary, but the problems/ story was truly heartfelt and real. I highly recommend it.
This book details a thirteen year old girl's gradual decline from healthy teenager to a very poorly girl suffering from severe anorexia. The bulk of the book documents the progression of Kaitlyn's illness. The story is told from Kaitlyn's perspective so we are aware of her thoughts and feelings throughout. At times I found Kaitlyn's voice slightly annoying, there is references to whichever boy she currently likes on almost every page, she constantly changes her mind over her affections. She speaks in very short sentences which gives a jerky effect of constant thoughts, jumping from one thing to the next. At times I thought she was also very fickle and naive in some situations, I do't think many thirteen year old would regard their teacher as their friend. However I did like Kaitlyn as a character overall, she is caring towards her friends and family, especially her sister Victoria who goes through a traumatic experience. I thought that overall Kaitlyn's illness was well documented, starting as just a diet and a desire to lose a few pounds before becoming an obsession. I did think the ending was slightly rushed and I would have liked to see what happened when she returned home. Kaitlyn's family suffers many difficulties and this is one of the reasons why Kaitlyn's weight loss manages to go almost unnoticed for so long, everyone is so preoccupied with other problems. I felt sorry for her family but wished they would take more notice and I did think her dad was particularly cruel. I think this is a good book that highlights how easy it is for an illness such as anorexia and bulimia to take hold. I would recommend it to young teenage girls and perhaps their parents as an it provides a good accurate interpretation into teenage life. The Kindle edition came with the first few chapters of the second book so think I'll read that next to find out about Kaitlyn's ongoing recovery and battle with her weight.
4.0 out of 5 starsI am - Kaitlyn was fed up with being called Chubs by her father so tries to diet and it makes her life better, but then she take
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 7, 2015
You've got to get this if you're interested in young women and eating disorders or body obsession. I am - Kaitlyn was fed up with being called Chubs by her father so tries to diet and it makes her life better, but then she takes it too far. I'm so glad I found this book, it portrays it so realistically and I think would be a real help for young girls with body issues. I think this would be suitable for any young teenager, too. It's a sincere and thoughtful look into this problem, I admire the author for writing it. Kaitlyn's the sort of character any girl could identify with. It's so touching. I recommend this, especially these days when girls have all sorts of problems related to weight.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 26, 2012
Ive now read both this series and the Secrets series. I found them gripping and couldnt put them down, ive added elaine babich to my author tracker, so im ready to read any new books she may bring out. Sad to see the series end, was a fab one. Recommended for any teenager or young adult.