Book Review: “Beautiful Girl”
By Keisha Burton
Reviewed by Catalina Bonati, 16
Anorexia and bulimia have long been hidden in history, and only recently have dialogues emerged about these taboo subjects. But anorexia and bulimia are not as rare as one might think. In her book, Beautiful Girl, Keisha Burton gives readers a fictional, but realistic view inside this very scary world.
Christina Brendle has just recently graduated from high school, and everything is on the verge of tumbling downhill. Her boyfriend has just dumped her for an ex, her parents won't let her major in what she wants, and worst of all, she's FAT. Or so she thinks, until one day she wakes up and finds out she's in the worst place she'd ever like to be--a hospital." Even worse--a psychiatric ward.
Written in a simple diary form, this book documents a twisted world that nobody would wish to live in. The book's diary form and simple phrases do not change the fact that the story itself is depressing. Christina makes several suicide attempts and relies on drugs and alcohol to get her out of her so-called "miserable existence." Christina's depression eventually ends once she recognizes that she has a problem, and once that happens, her happiness seems to seep through the pages.
Beautiful Girl is definitely a heavy book, but it is not one to miss.
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