Title: Don't Call Me Kit Kat
Author: KJ Farnham
Genre: Contemporary YA
Junior high is where things really start to happen. Cliques form and break apart. Couples are made and destroyed. And a reputation is solidified that you won’t ever be able to escape. Everything you do and say, and everyone you spend your time with, matters.
Katie Mills knows that. She gets it. That’s why she tried so hard to get in with the cool girls at school. And why she was so devastated when those efforts found her detained for shoplifting and laughed out of cheer squad tryouts.
But Katie has more to worry about than just fitting in. Her parents are divorced and always fighting. Her sister never has time for her. And her friends all seem to be drifting apart. Even worse? The boy she has a crush on is dating the mean girl at school.
Everything is a mess, and Katie doesn’t feel like she has control over any of it. Certainly not over her weight, which has always topped out at slightly pudgier than normal—at least, according to her mother.
So when she happens to catch one of the popular girls throwing up in the bathroom one day, it sparks an idea. A match that quickly engulfs her life in flames.
Is there any going back once she gets started down this path?
And would she even want to if she could?
Don’t Call Me Kit Kat deals with some real issues that are in play in this day and age. It deals with body image and bulimia. Not to mention some of the daily struggles that teenagers may face today. The main character is struggling to fit in, and find out who she is. And then on top of that she’s having trouble with the other teenagers at school. It’s a situation that anyone can and might face when entering junior high or high school.
It was certainly a painful experience seeing her experience everything she is and what she chooses to use to try to make things better. Not to mention that she’s withdrawing from her friends
and everyone who loves her. Seeing the things she went through and how she tried to hide it not to mention how she is forced into a facility in order to help her get a bit better was difficult but at the same time it was great to see her finding out things about herself and finding out what was part of the cause of her Bulimia.
The plot of this book was beautiful and the writing was well done. Hearing the thoughts that she is struggling with really made this book come to life. There were no errors that I noticed and the words flowed so that you could follow the story without losing track of things or finding yourself jolted out of the book.
K.J. Farnham has created a book that deals with the difficulties of body image, and junior high. It’s a realistic book that doesn’t make things overdramatic. It was a great story and if you’re looking to take a walk back to junior high and seeing the difficulties that you might not have faced but others may have then this is certainly the book to do so.