From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Alex & Eliza, The Witches of East End, and the Descendants series comes a powerful and moving novel about learning to love yourself. Olivia “Liv” Blakely knows how important it is to look good. Her father is running for governor and Liv is thrust into the bright media spotlight. She has an image to uphold—to her maybe boyfriend, to her new friends and to the public, who love to find fault on social media. Liv’s sunny, charming facade hides an inner voice that will settle for nothing less than perfection. No matter who she has to give up, or what she has to lose, to achieve it. But as the high price of perfection takes a toll, Liv realizes that the love she feels for herself is more important than all the ‘likes’ in the world. In her most powerfully moving novel to date, #1 New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz explores anxiety, fear of judgement, and the most important thing of all: learning to love yourself.
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Olivia is the daughter of a politician and there's a lot of stress that comes with it. One thing she feels is most important is her weight. Olivia has trouble accepting herself for who she is. Instead, she hates herself and the throwing up helps her have control over something in her life.
Olivia has always had a crush on celebrity Zach, so when he starts paying attention to her, Olivia finds herself blowing off her friends Sam and Antonia. However, she soon finds herself on a self-destructive path that will have a steep price: her life.
I have to admit that this book is intense. I've never suffered from anything like bulimia, but Olivia's emotions still felt so real to me. Melissa de la Cruz is so descriptive and I loved how Olivia winds up getting help in the end. She learns that the real important thing is to love and accept yourself first.
Final Verdict: I would recommend this to fans of contemporary romance who like sensitive topics. Some parts had me cringing, but overall it was an interesting story with a good lesson.