Top critical review
7 people found this helpful
How many problems can one person have?
on 5 July 2001
Natalie deals with anorexia, a bit of bulimia, an overbearing mother, a distant father with a younger dimwitted wife (who live in California-surprise!), career apathy, boyfriend problems, a brother who can't express emotions properly, a best friend that has gotten married and "abandoned" her....oy! The list goes on. And that's the problem with this book: it is trying to be a Book With a Message, but it fails because one problem is never fully explored and instead, it scratches the surface on many problems, some with no real resolution. I find it amazing that Natalie battles with anorexia, self esteem and body distortion issues throughout the book but at the end, she simply decides it's best to eat. I know it's fiction but it should have some reality involved if Maxted is trying to educate girls about the dangers of eating disorders. The book isn't truly awful, just mediocre and riddled with every cliché imaginable. You start to care less and less about the characters, especially Natalie, as the book wears on and just wonder when it will all end. Very disappointing.