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Book Review: Sad Perfect

Disclaimer: Part of this review was originally posted on my book blog Lauren Reads YA. I have since edited it to reflect my current feelings on the book.

Sad Perfect

by Stephanie Elliot

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publication date: February 28, 2017
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

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Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old Pea looks normal, but she has a secret: she has Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). It is like having a monster inside of her, one that not only dictates what she can eat, but also causes anxiety, depression, and thoughts that she doesn’t want to have. When she falls crazy-mad in love with Ben, she hides her disorder from him, pretending that she’s fine. 

At first, everything really does feel like it’s getting better with him around, so she stops taking her anxiety and depression medication. And that’s when the monster really takes over her life. Just as everything seems lost and hopeless, Pea finds in her family, and in Ben, the support and strength she needs to learn that her eating disorder doesn’t have to control her.

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Book Review: Notes on a Nervous Planet

This post includes affiliate links. Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig Age Group/Genre: Non-Fiction Publication date: July 5th, 2018 Publisher: Canongate Books Pages: 310 Format: Hardcover Add to Goodreads | Buy from The Book Depository Synopsis The…

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Learning to be Okay With Antidepressants

I’ve slowly been lowering the dosage of my antidepressants for over a year now because I no longer wanted to be dependent on medication. I no longer wanted the struggle of making sure I took the right brand of…

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My Eating Disorder

I have an eating disorder. No, it’s not anorexia, or bulimia, or binge eating disorder. You’ve probably never heard of it. It’s called avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder. ARFID for short. Also known as Selective Eating Disorder. It was first…

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Service Dog Update

A simplified version of this post was originally posted on Service Dog Nugget on November 12th, 2017. As most of you know, I’ve been working on getting a service dog. Unfortunately my first attempt didn’t exactly go as I’d…

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Doing A Mud Run When You Are Depressed

This post was originally posted on my Tumblr in June 2016. I ran/walked/crawled a 10K mud run and obstacle course today. When my friend asked me to come along, I was in a really bad place. Like, suicidal bad.…

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On Christmas, Grieving, and Growing Up

This post was originally posted on my Tumblr in December 2015. ge·zel·lig·heid: an untranslatable Dutch word meaning something that’s a combination of coziness, warmth, good atmosphere, and an intimate time with friends and/or family. The winter months: for some…