Don’t Call Me Kit Kat by K. J. Farnham
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication Date: April 20, 2015
Format: I received a copy of the book from Lola’s Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review.
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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?
This book is one that is longer than the other books that I’ve been reading recently. Also, this book hit deep, like I honestly could relate to most of the book.
Katie is starting her 8th grade year, and more than anything else this year, she wants to fit in and be part of the popular girls cliques. After being caught shoplifting in attempts to be ‘cool’, she’s basically on house arrest until school starts. Her family situation isn’t too great either. Her parents are divorced and she finds out that she was a final attempt at making the relationship work, which is not something every kid wants to hear. When everything else fails, she finds that one of the popular girls makes herself through up to stay skinny and Katie thinks that she’s found a way out.
One thing that really bugged me was that this all took place in a junior high school. (This isn’t a diss to the author at all, this is purely constructive thoughts and my opinion). I feel like it’s too young for all this to happen, half of these things are events that I personally feel like would be better in a high school setting, just because of the more mature content.
Eating disorders can start super easily, and this is how most of the book starts. Kat feels peer pressure, from her own MOTHER about losing weight, so when she see a popular girl that she wants to fit in with, throwing up to lose weight, Kat feels like she’s find an out to her problems.
The book is divided up into 4 sections, Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer. I’m still not sure how I feel about these divisions, but I guess it gives sort of a timeline to the entire book so it’s beneficial. It did annoy me a little on how the last two sections were significantly shorter than the first two section.
Reading the book, made me really feel and connect with the character. You feel the heartache when her parents are yelling at her, and when she’s hanging out with her friends. Every time that she makes herself throw up, you feel like you are right beside her, knowing what she’s feeling, but unable to stop or do anything.
One scene that I found particularly interesting was the one when Katie is at the treatment center. Oh and also her later interactions with Amy Bowie, the girl who more or less put the idea into Katie’s brain. Anyway, back to the treatment center. I don’t have any background knowledge of these treatments so I don’t know how accurate it is but I really like the interactions she has there, the activities she does, and her one-on-one as well as family therapy sessions. We really get to see more of her deep inner thoughts that we probably wouldn’t find out anyway.
I liked the ending, probably because it was super happy ending. Like one of those “yay, everything is solved and back to the way it should be” which might annoy some people but I really enjoyed that.
Ok, now this is usually the time where I talk about the cover but instead, i’m going to talk about the title and how incredibly clever it is. I love the ties from the title with the rest of the book, and how it was one of the many causes that started it all.
There was a couple mistakes that I caught, like a couple wrong names and inconsistencies in the writing but overall, it was pretty good. I liked the writer’s style of writing and I will definitely be reading more if she comes out with more books.
Overall, I give the book a 8/10 (4/5 stars). This book was definitely one with a lot of emotional ties, and I really enjoyed that. There was a couple of times that I had to go back and re-read a page but other than that, the book was well written and relatively easy to follow. There were a couple mistakes that I think should have been caught in the editing process but it wasn’t too hard to figure out who they were talking about. I am looking forward to reading anything else the author writes!
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