Sunday, November 18, 2012
ARC Review: Empty by K.M. Walton
Dell is used to disappointment. Ever since her dad left, it’s been one let down after another. But no one—not even her best friend—gets all the pain she’s going through. So Dell hides behind self-deprecating jokes and forced smiles.
Then the one person she trusts betrays her. Dell is beyond devastated. Without anyone to turn to for comfort, her depression and self-loathing spin out of control. But just how far will she go to make all of the heartbreak and name-calling stop?
In Empty, K.M. Walton paints a very disturbing image on what it is like to be a high school student with an eating disorder. Ever since Dell's parents split up, her life seems to be tumbling down around her. She’s losing her best friend, her dad doesn’t want to spend any time with her, and her mom is addicted to prescription drugs. Worst of all, Dell can’t seem to stop eating. Even after she is full she takes comfort in eating more. Since her parents separated, she went from a size ten to a size twenty-four. I felt quite a bit of pity for Dell. She had no self-confidence whatsoever. Not only did her classmates make fun of her, she also made fun of herself. She would moo and act like a sumo wrestler just to get the attention of the other students. She went through a lot of bullying and ridicule. Dell’s best friend Kara is an absolutely horrible person. She isn’t a friend at all. When Dell was getting picked on by the other students Kara didn’t stick up for her. In fact, Kara laughed right along with the rest of the students. She didn’t care about Dell enough to believe her when something horrible happened to her. She also didn’t care enough to get Dell the help she obviously needed. All Kara did care about was becoming popular. This book definitely made me feel sad and sympathetic. The ending was absolutely heart-breaking. However, if it was written any other way it wouldn’t have been as good. I think the author definitely sent a very powerful message with the way she ended the book. I will definitely be reading more of K.M. Walton’s work in the future.
I give Empty: 5/5.
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I received this ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.