Review: Skinniness is Next to Goddessness?- Lacey’s Story
Author: Julia Keanini
Publisher: Pickled Plum Publishing
Publication Date: 2nd February 2015
Synopsis (via Goodreads):
In the wake of her parents ugly divorce, Lacey Steele is forced to choose to stay with her dad in the home she loves or to move to California with the woman who has never had time or patience for Lacey, otherwise known as her mother. When Charity, Lacey’s sister, choses their dad and home, Lacey knows she has to side with her lonely mother. Yet, four years later, after having no contact with the father or sister she left behind, Lacey is sent back to them when her mother decides to get remarried. Moving back to a household that used to be filled with love (it’s now icy cold) and finding her ten-year crush has found his way into the arm’s of Lacey’s sister, are the last straws of many. Lacey decides it’s time to stand up for herself and take matters into her own hands. Everything would be fixed if only she were thinner and fit into the mold both her mother and sister had perfected. With her friend Ashley, they create the Future Goddess Girls Club. All it will take to lose the future? Drop the extra pounds plaguing them. Extreme calorie cutting may be a bit much, but no one would actually get hurt, would they? Skinniness is Next to Goddessness? Lacey’s Story takes on a dark subject in a brighter manner combining the difficulties of body image and eating disorders with hope, love, and eventual acceptance. Book 1 in the Skinniness is Next to Goddessness? Series.
*I was sent an e-book of Lacey’s Story in return for an honest review*
This book is an emotional rollercoaster to say the least. There were so many wonderful aspects of this book, such as family, love and self-worth. Initially I thought this book would be about eating disorders and body image, and although it was, there was so much more to love about the book. Friendship and family were other key issues that were heart-warming to read about. I loved how Lacey and her Dad’s relationship grew throughout the book and her friends’ support was a lovely thing to read about.
I loved reading about Lacey’s life. She was a very likable character, and although I have not suffered from the issues in this book, she was easy to relate to. This made it so much easier to empathise with her struggles, and Keanini did an amazing job of helping the reader understand Lacey’s situation. Every teenage girl goes through struggles with body image at some point in their life, so it was easy to relate to Lacey’s situation.
One thing that I really loved about this book was that it made it clear that you do not have to be on the extreme sides of the scales to have an eating disorder. Anybody can suffer from them no matter your appearance. The book also showed that there is a very thin line between cutting down on portion sizes and having an unhealthy relationship with food. You don’t just wake up with an eating disorder, that’s not how it works.
The best thing about the book for me was the characters. There were a lot of characters that all contributed to the storyline, but it was never confusing to read. Each individual had a significance but together they made you want to hop into the book and join the friendship group! Tuck was probably my favourite character aside from Lacey. He was such a sweetheart and will be pulling at your heartstrings in no time at all! I also loved the fact that the girls soccer team was the favourite to win the championship at Lacey’s school. Who said girls can’t play sport?!
There were a couple of things that I had a slight problem with though. Lacey attended a class called the “Sunday Lunchers” where she met with other people who also had a bad relationship with food. There were 5 members, and all of them were girls. I think it would have been nice to have a character who represents a male who has a bad relationship with food because let us not forget that boys and men can also suffer from eating disorders. Also, the romance in the book was a little fast for my liking but that’s just me being picky!
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to everybody. It’s one of those reads that really stick with you after you’ve finished them. It’s not an easy read but it is so worth it in the end. The story has such a powerful message behind it: don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Thank you for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful day/night!