Saturday, November 7, 2009

Review: Paper Thin by. Shelia M.Goss

Okay first off I would like to take Shelia Goss for providing me with my first author requested review copy of a book. The book was an e-book. And heres the thing with e-books, I really cant stare at a monitor for more than ten minutes straight without having to avert my eyes somewhere else and risk extreme dizziness. So I ended up just printing out all the pages of the book and reading it off paper. It was a change of pace carrying a huge stack of printer paper instead of a book, but still it was completely work it

Title: Paper Thin
Author: Shelia M. Goss                        Publication Date: January 26, 2010        Pages: 87                                                  Series:  The Ultimate Test, Splitsville
Rating: 7.7 out of 10

Synopsis: Sierra’s weight isn’t the only issue in this page-turner.

Drama follows the three friends into their sophomore year. Once again, their friendship is tested. During the growth process, Sierra learns the importance of being average-size and healthy, rather than starving to be paper thin.

 Review: How refreshing. Paper Thin was a refreshing contemparary read that I think every girl in middle school through high school should read.
         Paper Thin discusses the important issue of weight in young girls that has since been an ependemic. With the increasing about of girls in the United States with eating disorders, I felt the topic of this book was well fitting. 
          Sierra a highschool sophmore is foocused on making her sophomore year her best and the first thing that comes with this new change is her weight. Sierra has always struggled with her weight, and having a stepmother who is overally obsessed with thinking that being skinny is the key to beauty. In the beginning Sierra takes the high road and decides to start losing weight the healthy way with cutting portions and eliminating junk food. But as school starts and she starts comparing herslef to every other girl at school, her obsession with her weight takes a very negitive turn. 
            The main thing I like about this book was the realists of this book.  Partucularly in the characters. The friendship beteween Sierra, Jasmine, and Britney is very real. Of course there is that bonded friendship that will last forever, but then again in reality there is always that underlying feeling of jealousy and an urge to outshine one another that is present in every friendship, and I love how that is not sugar coated in this book. 
           The plot is as drama filled as a drama book can get, from the friendship problems, to the family, relationship, and severe teenage problems on top of the main issue of Sierra's weight, there are always many conflicts and problems going on all over the book.
            The ending of the book was not as I expected. I expected a very complex ending to all of the issues going on throughout the book. But I felt that the ending was too fast. All the problems just seemed to go away in last couple of pages. It was a little rushed, but it did tie everything together, just quickly.
             In the end, this book was a way more interesting way to here educate young ladies on how over obsessing with your weight can take over your life in a very negitive way. I reccomend this book to all teenage girls.

Characters: 8/10
Plot: 7/10
Originality: 8/10
Entertainment: 8/10
Ending: 7/10
Writing Style: 7/10
Cover: 9/10
Total: 7.7/10


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