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Looks Review

Hey Guys!

That is 100% accurate to how I look right now. Finals just ended and I’m a mess!

So today I’m here to talk about Looks. I was a little skeptical about this book, but it really impressed me!

Blurb: Meghan Ball is both the most visible and the most invisible person in school. Her massive size is impossible to ignore, yet people freely spill their secrets in front of her, perhaps because they think she isn’t listening. But she is. Now her attention has turned to a new girl: Aimee Zorn, with her stick-figure body and defiant attitude. Meghan is determined to befriend Aimee, and when she ultimately succeeds, the two join forces to take down their shared enemy.

This provocative story explores the ways in which girls use food and their bodies to say what they cannot: I’m lonely.

Looks was so good! It gave me some pretty painful high school flashbacks, but I think that just speaks to the author’s strength that she’s able to capture high school so hauntingly and accurately, particularly in her portrayal of the emotional lives of the students. There’s no shortage of stereotypical high school novels that conjure something that vaguely resembles high-school, but only in the same way you envision high school will be when you’re still a kid, before you’ve actually experienced it.

Looks is the first book I’ve read that truly managed to speak to the strange¬†dichotomy of high school; feeling simultaneously invisible and like the whole world is watching. Looks doesn’t downplay the truly horrific things that happen in high school or trivialize the¬†emotional damage students inflict upon each other.

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