FICTION

Someone To Love

352p. Harlequin Teen. Jan. 2018. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780373212361. POP
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Gr 10 Up—On the outside, Olivia Blakely's family seems perfect. Her father is the Speaker of the House, her mother is the perfect wife, and her two older brothers are successful adults. But Olivia is not perfect. She believes she is fat, disgusting, and unlovable. Art is the only thing she remotely feels good at. To help herself cope with her imperfections, she binges, purges, and self-harms. De la Cruz presents several heavy topics facing teens including drug use, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, relationships, immigration/deportation, and handling family pressure. Due to the number of topics covered, such as sexual assault, not all are given the resolution they deserve. Self-love and acceptance succeed as overlying themes that don't feel didactic. Despite Olivia's increasing romantic feelings for her best friend, the protagonist ultimately decides that getting help for her problems and learning to love herself are her primary priority. Like the real world, some characters participate in risky behaviors and face no consequences. Use of alcohol and other drugs make this a title best suited for older teens.
VERDICT Paired with resources on how to get help with eating disorders, anxiety, and depression, this book is a welcome addition to any library that services teens.

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