Saturday, January 7, 2012

Shrink to Fit

Shrink to Fit reminds me of the problem novels I used to read when I was younger. There was always the "issue of the week" which taught me about abusive boyfriends, divorce, and alcohol use. The issue in Shrink to Fit is anorexia.

Leah is a star basketball player whose mother is a former model, hoping to reclaim her glory through her daughter. With increasing pressure to be thin from all sides, Leah slips into anorexia and manages to hit every symptom and side effect in 200 pages: hair loss, heart troubles, black-outs, and chills. While the writing felt a bit heavy handed and possibly inaccurate (how tall does a girl have to be to be a size 00 at 140 pounds?), the story moved along quickly and Leah's character was enjoyable. The writing isn't brilliant but it conveys the necessary information in a way that doesn't feel condescending.

I've been wanting to check out the Kimani Tru books for awhile. According to the imprint's website, their target audience is African Americans aged 14 - 20, older than my middle school students. I am dedicated to diversity in my classroom library, so will continue to read Kimani Tru books, looking for titles that are appropriate for my students. Shrink to Fit features "near-sex" and a few curses, but would be suitable for the older and more mature of my students.

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