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Kinsley Simmons does not belong in an inpatient facility for people struggling with eating disorders. However, her doctor and therapist are of the opinion that she does, which is why she's missing out on her college graduation to participate in a recovery program for bulimia nervosa. A girl with a type A personality, Kinsley never thought her life would come to this - dumped by her college sweetheart, flunking most of her classes, caught between bickering parents on the brink of divorce, and spiraling out of control as the dangerous habits of her disorder destroy her health and friendships.

When Royce Adams is invited to speak to her therapy group, Kinsley isn't at all interested in anything he has to say. He can never understand what she is going through or have the first idea of how to help her get better. Yet as he takes a personal interest her recovery, she comes to realize there is more to Royce than meets the eye. While seeming perfect on the surface, he wrestles with demons of his own, including a past riddled with addiction and self-destructive behavior.

As their friendship blossoms into something more, Kinsley will find in Royce the strength to face the reasons behind her disorder. With his help, she may also find what she needs to live a full, healthy life...one filled with happiness and love. 

©2017 Alicia Michaels (P)2018 Alicia Michaels

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The raw emotion was palpable.

Having experienced this sensational story as it was brought to life by narrator Rachel Jacobs was AH-MAZING. The emotional roller coaster that is Kinsley's disorder and recovery hit me just that much harder hearing, feeling, and seeing it through Rachel Jacobs' eyes. Jacobs nailed it. All that raw emotion was palpable. It left me a bit shaken afterwards. Well Done!!!

Alicia Michaels takes a taboo topic like bulimia and pulls it front and center. The MC, Kinsley had it all, but things quickly spiraled out of control after her cheer coach suggested she drop a few pounds. Getting dumped by her longtime boyfriend only caused things to spin further out of Kinsley’s grasp. Then, her grades followed. Before she knew it everything was beyond her control. Now in a last effort to get herself healthy and back on track Kinsley is entering Willow Creek.

Alicia Michaels peels back the layers of what it is like to battle bulimia and OCD. The reader sees and experiences it all; therapy, meds, family, all of it. I could certainly put myself in Kinsley’s shoes. Like her, I have always strived for perfection so I can see how easy it was for her to spiral downhill.

I love that the author is shedding light on this topic and donating proceeds to this cause. I hope this story gives courage to anyone suffering from an eating disorder to seek the help they need. Kinsley’s story shows us that through perseverance, the support of family & friends, and love you can conquer anything.

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Thin

“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”
I thought this was a good book, almost educational. Alicia Michaels brings up a topic that not too many people care to talk about. Although she could've taken this book to a much deeper & scarier place, she choose to take it to the softer side while still bringing to light the real issues. She managed to educate you while you delved into Kinsley's life story.
If these topics upset you. I would not recommend this book, however, if the topic doesn't scare you, take the read.

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Love Yourself

I really enjoyed this book. Yes it did seem unrealistic at times with how quickly and smoothly Kinsley progressed throughout her treatment. But outside of that this was an amazing story. I love the inside look at an eating disorder facility. I loved how she had friends that cared greatly about her and her family life was very well thought out.
Kinsley is a very very sick young lady that goes to rehab despite it being almost graduation. She falls in love with herself in order to heal. Finds what makes her happy outside of what she was taught she should do and learns to follow her own dreams and not everyone elses. During treatment she meets Royce, one of her counselors. He wants to help her get better and wants to be more with her but knows he cant. It is a very hard situation for both of them. Boy of boy does every character in this book mess with your emotions. I love Dawn too.

This is an amazing story that not only tells the tough story of a young lady desperate to have a normal life and be better but also how she got this way and how long and drawn-out this disease can be. As someone who has been recovered for a few years now this was a wonderful read and I very much enjoyed it. Its a tough subject and is hard for alot of people to read. I did find this a little triggering but I expected that. Overall a great story and Rachel Jacobs did a fantastic job with all the voices and bringing the story to life. I cannot wait to read more by Alicia Michaels! I have not read the other books but if I had I know I would appreciate the characters from those appearing in this book.

I requested and was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review with my honest opinion.

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