by Jen Larsen
Release Date: October 6th 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, High School
Rate: 4 out of 5
Every year on her birthday, Ashley Perkins gets a card from her grandmother—a card that always contains a promise: lose enough weight, and I will buy your happiness.
Ashley doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with the way she looks, but no amount of arguing can persuade her grandmother that “fat” isn’t a dirty word—that Ashley is happy with her life, and her body, as it is.
But Ashley wasn’t counting on having her dreams served up on a silver platter at her latest birthday party. She falters when Grandmother offers the one thing she’s always wanted: tuition to attend Harvard University—in exchange for undergoing weight loss surgery.
As Ashley grapples with the choice that little white card has given her, she feels pressured by her friends, her family, even administrators at school. But what’s a girl to do when the reflection in her mirror seems to bother everyone but her?
Through her indecision and doubts, Ashley’s story is a liberating one—a tale of one girl, who knows that weight is just a number, and that no one is completely perfect.
In today’s world we as woman are put under a lot of pressure to look a certain way to be considered beautiful. Anything outside of that mold is considered by others to be ugly. Ashley’s story is no different but she is reminded every birthday of what she is lacking thanks to her grandmother. Every year her grandma presents her with a card that reads if she were to lose weight she would get a very expensive gift. This year it is her dream on the line…tuition for four years worth of a Harvard education.
I really enjoyed reading this story. It was a different take then I am used to in the great weight debate. I believe that you my dear readers will enjoy it as much as I did! Ashley has an awesome life from what I could tell. Great friends, a handsome and devoted boyfriend and a harem of adorable stray animals she has taken in over the years.
It seemed to me that her weight bothered her grandmother more then it did anyone else. I know what I would have done faced with this kind of challenge. If you want to find out what she ended up doing, you should buy this book!
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Jen Larsen is the author of Future Perfect and Stranger Here: How Weight Loss Surgery Transformed My Body and Messed With My Head. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of San Francisco and currently lives in Madison, WI. Find her at jenlarsen.net.
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