"Someone to Love"

Today we welcome a new reviewer to MO Books, Katrina Weiss, a junior at Washington High School who “enjoys a nice fantasy or sci-fi book.” Some of Weiss’ favorite books are “An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, “Six of Crows,” by Leigh Bardugo, and “Legend” by Marie Lu.

Katrina is always on the lookout for a good new series, she said.

In writing for the blog, she hopes “to build up her college resume.” Katrina also appreciates the blog offering her “the opportunity to read new and upcoming books.”

* * * * * * * * * * * “Someone to Love,” by Melissa de la Cruz, is a harsh yet beautiful coming of age story. Liv Blakely is struggling to keep her head above water, depression and bulimia pulling her down. Her story is woven with such empathy and depth that you can’t help but share Liv’s thoughts and feelings.

Liv has a perfect life: she’s the daughter of a politician and has all the wealth she could want; she has good grades, and a seemingly perfect family. But behind closed doors her life is a different story. Liv struggles with bulimia, sometimes the purging becoming so bad that her knuckles bleed from scraping her teeth.

At the same time she’s struggling with the media’s attention because her dad is running for California Governor. Liv feels completely overwhelmed and escapes by binging and purging. Throughout the novel Liv struggles with this, but as her depression increases, so does her need for bodily harm.

Her father increases his expectations of her, but in doing so also increases her self-hatred. Liv is aware that what she is doing to herself is slowly killing her, but that doesn’t stop her from pursuing her goal weight of 100 pounds. Slowly but surely she reaches her goal, but in doing so pushes her body to its absolute limit. Liv expects everything in her life to be nice after that, but a broken heart kills her new victory. She is forced to accept herself for who she truly is, and not just for who people expect her to be.

This story made me understand struggles that some people go through every day. Liv’s experiences enable readers to feel her pain and suffering. She was so scared that people would judge her for her problem, and the fact that people actually would judge her is the real problem.

We need to stop judging people for the problems they face. Instead of shooting them down for their issues, we need to pick them up and give them our full support. Like with Liv, you never know how deeply someone is depressed, and until we accept people as they really are, they will remain stay that way.

All in all, this was a wonderful read. I recommend it to anyone who wants to read about why we live, and what we live for.