Rose has always felt invisible. Despite reaching 425 pounds by the age of sixteen, she feels that her family would rather pretend she’s not there instead of actually helping her. Her All-star brother is too busy with football practice and her mom seems to only have eyes for her new girlfriend, Donna. Rose can’t help but fill the void with food.
Juliet is wasting away. With her dad in prison and her mom too busy trying to move on with her own life, a little voice she calls the Monster takes over to make sure that Juliet tops the scale at only 100 pounds. It’s all part of the plan and Juliet seems to believe the Monster is the only truthful person out there.
Thinking the only way to save her daughter’s life, Juliet’s mom unwillingly ships her off to Shining Oasis Rehab Center for Eating Disorders. Rose has her own problems after being forcefully sent to Hidden Hollow Fat Camp in hopes to lose enough weight to get gastric bypass surgery.
Desperately trying to cope with their summer situation; they find each other on an eating disorder chat room. The girls find that even though they look different on the outside, the struggle over body issues is the same on the inside.
Life’s Not Fair (At least not for me), 50,000 words, is a coming-of-age story that explores the difficulties teenagers face with body image while exploring unlikely friendships. There are YA novels out there about eating disorders, my favorite being Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson, but what sets mine apart from the others is that you get to see both sides of the spectrum. Told from the point of views of Rose and Juliet, you really get to understand the struggles they both face with body image.
I have attended several Writers’ Conferences in Dallas. Being a middle school English teacher, I pull from my experiences, and love for the students, to help portray teenage angst in the most real way possible. I would love to send you more of Rose and Juliet’s story and look forward to hearing back from you soon.