Thursday, February 2, 2017
How it Feels to Fly by Kathryn Holmes - Book review by Rua
A student book review by Rua...and it has all the feels.
A girl who studies ballet all her life suddenly has a body change and her whole life crumbles around her. Everywhere she turns she can hear the snickers and whispers of peers and teachers about her body image. Although she is an excellent ballet student all she can think about is how to lose her weight. Her mother pushes her into multiple failed diet attempts and hardcore exercise. When she gets a panic attack for the first time, her mother was convinced to put her into a therapy camp that supposedly will help her. The readers experience the ups and downs she goes through during the camp and how she slowly tries to pick up the crumbled pieces and stick her life back together.
This book was simply amazing. Brilliant and amazing. From page one Holmes hooks me in and I could barely put the book down. At the same time I was reading that book, I was also feeling down myself, and this helped lift my confidence about my own self and how I view my own body. This story makes you go on an emotional rollercoaster with so many loops and turns, but in the end it was worth it.
To students, i really recommend this, because people nowadays view themselves so negatively and always look at their flaws as restrictions and walls to what they want to do in the future. They stop their dreams and restrict themselves because they believe they aren’t good enough with how they look, or the body type they have. This book incorporates all of those thoughts into one person who is too afraid to chase her dream because she believes she doesn’t have the body.
It also incorporates people who are afraid and their fear stops them from chasing after their dreams. All in all this book portrays how people struggle and if they really want to change and feel better they can, and can eventually live their dream of becoming who they want to be.