Laurie Halse Anderson
5 out of 5 stars
I can’t give a review that will do this book any justice at all. All
I can tell you is that it’s absolutely breathtaking, scary, and dead-on. I’m simply going
to give you a quote my favorite part of the book and you can decide from there whether or
not you want to pick it up.
(Hint: You do)
“Why? You want to know why? Step into a tanning booth and fry yourself for two or three days. After your skin bubbles and peels off, roll in coarse salt, then pull on long underwear woven from spun glass and razor wire. Over that goes your regular clothes, as long as they are tight. Smoke gunpowder and go to school to jump through the hoops, sit up and beg, and roll over on command. Listen to the whispers that curl into your head at night, calling you ugly and fat and stupid and bitch and whore and the worst of all: ‘a disappointment.’ Puke and starve and cut and drink because you need an anesthetic and it works. For a while. But then the anesthetic turns into poison and by then it’s too late because you are mainlining it now, straight into your soul. It is rotting you and you can’t stop. Look in a mirror and find a ghost. Hear every heartbeat, scream that everysinglething is wrong with you. ‘Why?’ is the wrong question. Ask ‘Why not?'”