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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Skinniness Is Next To Goddessness?: Lacey's Story by Julia Keanini (Book Review)

Skinniness Is Next To Goddessness? Lacey's Story by Julia Keanini
Book 1: Skinniness Is Next To Goddessness? Series
Publisher: Pickled Plum Publishing
Publication Date: Paperback - February 2, 2015 / eBook - March 3, 2015
Format: Paperback - 258 pages
               Kindle - 868 KB
               Nook - 1 MB
ISBN: 978-1507829943
BNID: 2940152325430
Genre: Teen & Young Adult Fiction

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Buy The Series: Skinniness Is Next To Goddessness? Series
Book 1: Lacey's Story
Book 2: Anna's Story
Book 3: Jamie's Story
Book 4: Tina's Story
Book 5: Sara's Story
Book 6: Audrey's Story
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a book review program hosted by I Am A Reader.

Book Description:

Hate is a powerful word, especially when you’re using it against your own reflection. 

In fourteen-year-old Lacey Steele’s world, being “skinny” equals no more caustic remarks comparing her to Shamu the Whale, meriting the attention of her ten-year crush aka the beautiful quarterback next door, and finally deserving her distant mother’s love- pretty much goddess status. But diets, nor health food, nor exercise bring Lacey desired results and her future looks everlastingly chubby.

Unexpectedly, Lacey and her friend Ashley stumble on an easier method. Extreme calorie cutting may seem a little drastic, but of course it’s better than … an eating disorder. Unfortunately, the easy route has a price neither girl planned to pay, but it comes due anyway, for one of them.

A story of hope and eventual acceptance, Skinniness is Next to Goddessness? Lacey’s Story, takes a brighter approach to an age old tale.

Book One in the Skinniness is Next to Goddessness? Series.

My Book Review:

Skinniness Is Next To Goddessness?: Lacey's Story is a wonderful YA story about teenage girls dealing with eating disorders, body image, low self-esteem, family issues, friendship, and recovery.

In Lacey's Story, the first book in the Skinniness Is Next To Goddessness? Series, author Julia Keanini weaves a thoughtful story that follows fourteen year old freshman Lacey Steele's personal journey of self-discovery, recovery, and acceptance.

Set in Woodlands, Texas, and told in the first person perspective, Lacey takes the reader along for the ride as she describes her struggles with her weight, body image, and low self-esteem. Lacey has always struggled with her weight, and she just wants to be accepted for who she is, but with a terrible home life and bullying in school, she can't help but hate herself. When Lacey becomes ill with a stomach virus, that results in a significant weight loss, everyone at school gives her positive comments about her transformation. Lacey and friend Ashley Reynolds make a pact to begin a weight loss program called the Future Goddess Girls, with the focus on calorie intake. Up to a point their program works and they both lose weight. But their obsessiveness with eating less food leads to a competition between them that is harmful to their health, and eventually leads to tragedy. After tragedy strikes, Lacey is wrought with guilt, and she embarks on a personal journey of self-discovery that will lead her to overcoming her struggles with the love and support of family and friends, recovery and self-acceptance.

Lacey's Story is a multi-layered story that thoughtfully delves into the social issues eating disorders, body image, and bullying; and intertwines it with family issues, supportive friendships, and a boy-next-door romance that adds lightness and humor to the story. Author Julia Keanini weaves a well written story that brings to light serious issues and dangers that some teenage girls face and struggle with during their teenage years, while thoughtfully demonstrating that support is available and recovery is possible. I would recommend that young girls read this series, as it has an important message interwoven within each of the lighthearted stories.


About The Author

Julia Keanini
is just a city girl living in a country world (and secretly loving it). She loves the mountains and would adore the beach, if it weren't for all the sand and salt (wait, that is the beach?). A good book, a great song, or a huge piece of chocolate can lift her mood, but her true happiness is found in her little fam. She writes about girls who deal with what life throws at them and always about love, cause she LOVES love.

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