Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Review: Believarexic

Believarexic Believarexic by J.J. Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jennifer would like her family to admit her to a psychiatric hospital for help with her eating disorder. After her parents sign her into the Samuel Tuke Center, she quickly discovers that it is not like the made for TV movies. The nurses don’t trust her and the rules are made to punish. She only has one way out, follow the strict (and many times confusing) rules and take a really close look at her relationships, especially the one with her mother. During this harrowing ordeal, she is faced with harsh truths and must relearn what being healthy really means.

Believarexic is a stand-alone story that addresses many of the stress factors teens are faced with. This is a fictional account of a real experience and it is that fact that makes this novel so fascinating. As Jennifer continued to face each obstacle set before her, I found myself questioning how I would have reacted as a 15-year old. Most individuals would have lashed out or pulled within, yet Jennifer set her eyes on the goal and kept pressing forward. Although this could be enjoyed by readers of both genders, I can see more of a female following.

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