Hello my fellow little munchkins. How are you all doing? Today I am going to be posting twice but since I have an interview also in here it will be like three posts so I hope you all like this treat. I LOVED THIS BOOK AND HAD THE GRATEFUL CHANCE TO READ THIS AUTHOR SO WITH NO FURTHER THOUGHTS LET’S GET INTO IT.
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?
- First of all there is trigger warnings for this book:
- Bulliema, ED, Self-Harm, Anorexia, Bullying, Divorce, Sexual Abuse, Incest and Suicide. If there was any that I forgot please let me know. Also if you are in recovery at this moment I do not believe this is a good book to read at that time in your life.
- This book really touched on such an emotional level and I feel like it also will for whoever reads this.
- In this book we read through Katies Mills life from her perspective as a young girl in 8th grade who is dealing with events that lead up to her eating disorder after a time period of years.
- In this story we really get an in-depth look into what it is like to be bulimic.
- In the beginning it seemed a little cliche but as I read more I saw how it wasn’t.
- The ending of the story left on a note that is inspiring but also is unrealistic for a % of people.
- This book also shows how even someone as early as being in 8th grade can have an eating disorder.
- The writing of this story was beautiful.
- There was no grammatical errors from my view.
- The setting in the way is was written was beautiful.
- The way the events were written were phenomenal.
- The pacing of this story was perfect.
- The work the author put into this book is clearly shown and made it feel even more real.
- The characters were intriguing.
- As I read the story I had the ability to feel like I was next to Katie the whole time.
- The secondary characters wanted to make you cry, laugh, scream and oh so much more showing the greatest potential that they were able to live up to.
- The family dynamic was very important to this book and was clearly presented throughout the book as she was showing signs, full on in, and going and still going through recovery.
- All-in-All this was an amazing book and defiantly made my top list for the year. I highly suggest to read this as long as you are comfortable with the themes it may touch upon.
I give this book 5/5 stars.
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About the Author:
Born and raised in a suburb of Milwaukee, K. J. Farnham was an educator for 12 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree from UW-Milwaukee and a master’s degree from Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
After relocating from Milwaukee to Hudson, Wisc., in 2011, Farnham became a freelance writer and resolved to complete her first novel. The storyline for “Click Date Repeat” is a result of her experiences (and mishaps) with online dating, through which she met her husband.
Farnham lives with her husband, three children and four cats. When she is not busy keeping up with her kids, she can be found reading or writing. She is currently working on a spinoff of “Click Date Repeat” and YA suspense novel called SPIN.
What made you want to write this book?
Someone close to me struggled with bulimia from the age of 12 into her mid twenties, so I know exactly what the disease does to a person—both mentally and physically. I drew from my friend’s experiences, as well as from memories of feelings I had as a teen, to create Katie’s story.
Don’t Call Me Kit Kat is my attempt to shed light on a disorder that is often not taken seriously as a life-threatening mental illness. Bulimia (like other eating disorders) is a complex disease with multiple causes and no clear course of treatment. Every bulimic needs different things to heal and heals at her own pace. Those who suffer often feel too ashamed to seek help. To make matters worse, friends and loved ones of sufferers tend to have a hard time understanding that treatment is a lengthy process, so lingering symptoms often get swept under the rug. It breaks my heart.
If you could tell your younger writing self something, what would it be?
It’s a marathon, not a sprint.
Try not to take anything personally.
What word would sum up your book.
What advice do you have for other writers?
Don’t compare yourself to others, and don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. Write what you want to write, and publish at your own pace.
How much research do you do for your books?
Since I write realistic fiction, all my writing ideas come from the world around me. So, I guess you could say I’m constantly doing research. Other than that, I don’t tend to do a whole lot of traditional research I write my books. For Don’t Call Me Kit Kat, I probably spent about a week total researching various things online.
Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
Most of my writing takes place on my laptop. But I do use notebooks to jot down ideas and create outlines and character sketches.
Do you think the cover plays an important part of the buying processes?
To be perfectly honest, sometimes I purchase books based on their covers! And if I love a cover enough, I buy the paperback. So, yes, I absolutely think a book’s cover can have a huge impact on sales.
How can your readers discover more about you and your work?
The best places to get to know me and learn about my work are on Facebook and via my newsletter.
My Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKJFarnham/
Farnham’s Faithfuls – https://www.facebook.com/groups/FarnhamsFaithfuls/
Newsletter – https://www.subscribepage.com/KJFarnhamNewsletter
I can also be found on the following sites:
Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/K.-J.-Farnham/e/B00MY5J7LW
BookBub – https://www.bookbub.com/profile/k-j-farnham
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8496528.K_J_Farnham Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/authorkjfarnham/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/KJFarnham
Website – https://kjfarnham.com
THANK YOU for reading Don’t Call Me Kit Kat and for interviewing me! ~KJ xx
IT WAS NO PROBLEM. I LOVED YOUR BOOK.