Author: Monisha K Gumber

Sick of Being Healthy

Book Blurb:

Tara, a young teenager is blessed with a little bit too much of health for her own good. Desperate to get the guy of her dreams, she ends up playing a very dangerous game- a game that could cost her friendship, her peace of mind and even her life ! Actually that’s an exaggeration but yes, she does make some serious blunders in her quest for a perfect body to impress her one true love. Can she do it an d is it all really worth it?

Welcome to her world and discover her inspiring journey towards real health and happiness, meet her stunning high achiever best friends and her parents who never seem to be satisfied. Let down by her own sister and under constant pressure to do well in studies, she learns how to fight her confidence and self-esteem issues and emerge a winner in the end.

My Review:

This book is targeted towards tween and early teen girls.

The language is fun and lucid. The story line is very interesting and apt for its target audience. It is in this age that girls start to notice their bodies, as well as bodies of those around her. The first seeds of insecurities are sowed. If proper attention is not given, this could lead to a life long eating disorders. The only problem I had with this book was that when the protagonist Tara was diagnosed with bulimia, the entire issue and the consequences were highlighted beautifully. But the way the “recovery” was done felt quite abrupt. I feel if the author had focused on the recovery a bit more it would have been better..

Another aspect that the book deals with is the developing of crushes on the opposite sex and the pressure that these young girls face to “go all the way”. This was handled wonderfully and without judgement. The best part was this was truly written from the perspective of the age, so instead of being all judgmental and moral about this topic (like adults to write about children are prone to be), the author highlights the doubts, the fears, the choices and much more.

This is also a book that has been written in the ‘wimpy kid’ style, so you get a lot of different and fun images which did make the reading experience more fun.

Even though this is quite a short book,the characters were realistic and believable. They felt like some people you meet in your neighborhood.

Kudos to the author for taking such complex topics and handling them with the perfect balance of maturity and age appropriateness.

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