CONFESSIONS OF A FAT GIRL
Smart and ambitious Season Minett was homeschooled, got accepted into college at 16, graduated with a B.A. in English at 20, got a job at a prestigious magazine at 21, and isn’t afraid to go after what she wants. Twenty-two-year-old Season has it made and everyone knows it. Except Season herself.
People can gush over her all day long, but Season knows they’re just being nice. In reality, she’s accomplished nothing. She doesn’t work hard enough, can’t get her book published, and worst of all at 5’6, 180 pounds with a thirty-two inch waist, a forty-four inch hip, and arms too big for her body, she’s fat and ugly. She’s such a disappointment that after her mother divorced Season’s dad, she went to live with her new, younger boyfriend and left Season to mother the rest of her siblings. So Season is quite bewildered when the guy she sees every weekend at the bookstore shows serious interest in her. And she ends up liking him. A lot.
Season’s not naive enough to think love will solve all her problems though. In fact, love seems to be making everything worse because her food obsession is growing more and more out of her control. But that’s impossible. There’s nothing wrong with counting calories and wanting to be thin. There’s nothing wrong with trying to be as perfect as everyone thinks she is. A fat girl can’t develop an eating disorder, let alone have one. Right?
CONFESSIONS OF A DRUG ADDICT
When Gene Lawrence was fifteen and trying to fight a crack addiction, everyone told him that the longer he stayed clean, the easier it would be to say away from crack. They were liars because eight years later at twenty-three years old, Gene finds himself struggling with the frustrating symptoms of a crack craving.
It wouldn’t be so bad if he could hole up in his apartment and not see anyone, but with the holiday season coming up and his ex-girlfriend, Rebecca, back in town for her wedding, Gene has no choice but to consider what led to his drug addiction and the reasons he’s had such a hard time staying off crack since then. Especially for Allison, who he finds himself more attracted to by the day and who is trying to seduce him every time they’re alone in the same room.
But he’d rather not get involved with Allison at all than fail her in the end. Like he failed Rebecca. Like he failed his mother. Like he failed himself. His relationships with people were always ruined when he let them get entangled with his crack addiction. Because although Gene chose not to go back to crack, it didn’t mean he wasn’t an addict anymore. Once an addict, always an addict.
CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE RAPE SURVIVOR
Before she was raped, almost sixteen-year-old Allison Sommer knew exactly what she wanted and was in total control of her life. Get through high school, go to college to appease her dad, somehow stay fit, lithe, and athletic through all the stress and become a professional cheerleader. Normal teenage stuff. Simple. At least it was simple before she was raped.
Now Allison’s whole life is out of her control. She can’t trust in her own choices, can’t rationalize anything anymore, so she just goes through the motions, hoping that eventually she’ll go back to normal, can stop pretending. That doesn’t happen, especially when she’s forced to reveal what happened to her family and closest friends.
On the MTV commercials and reality shows that emphasize that she has nothing to be ashamed of and guide viewers to some website like don’t-be-a-victim.comand a support hotline, no one warns her that the aftermath is more difficult than the rape itself, that her family’s efforts to be supportive make her feel more alone and confused.
And being raped has more devastating consequences than Allison ever imagined, forcing her to make one of the most difficult decisions she’s ever had to make. It should be a no-brainer, everyone says, but being raped makes Allison question everything and everyone she thought she could trust.