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    Very Interesting Memoir

    4/5 stars. /SPOILER-FREE REVIEW/ /TRIGGER WARNINGS/: EATING DISORDERS, MENTAL ILLNESSES, DEPRESSION What I thought about it, roughly: Very interesting, it opened my eyes to things that I knew existed but I knew so little about. What I thought about it, in details: As this is a memoir, I'm not going to review the book as I usually do with fiction (characters/plot/etc/). I think it's quite hard to review and grade a biography because you're basically rating someone's life, but I'm going to try to give an objective point of view on the book. I think the story is a very important story and it needs to be talked about way more in the media and everywhere in the world, because it's something that everyone knows (i.e. that models often have mental illnesses because they need to fit into certain categories of beauty and because they pressure themselves to look "prettier"). I've always known that it existed and that the model industry can be very cruel, but I wasn't aware that it's THAT bad. I wasn't aware of the impact that the industry has on young models and also young girls. Personally, I've never really cared about models in magazines or perfect girls that we see in the TV because I always knew it wasn't reality and everything, so it didn't touch me as much as it did to other girls. Of course, I've had my fair share of mean comments from bullies at school and I actually suffered a lot from it, but I always had friends and family to support me as I always told them everything. However, there are thousands of girls out there that believe that they should look like what they see in magazines, what they see everywhere even though most of them are photoshopped and even though beauty is very relative and every woman out there is beautiful. This book opened my mind to how cruel and coldhearted people can be when it comes to the model industry and I actually didn't know it was that bad. It was very heartbreaking to read this book as Charli Howard dealt with very, very serious mental illnesses that really destroyed her teenage and young woman years and it all started with mean comments from friends around her or with the image of women that the world gives girls. It shows the impact on one single comment shot at the wrong time of your life can destroy you from within. I study psychology and I know all there is to know clinically on eating disorders or mental illnesses in general, but reading it and being in the head of someone suffering from it is very heartbreaking and it really made me understand way more on a lot of levels. I was close to giving it 5/5 stars, but the writing is not very exceptional and also the fact that it doesn't present any kind of help from the family of the victim was quite shocking for me (even though I know, it's a real story, it kind of made me feel like it doesn't give a really good message to young people dealing with this kind of illnesses).
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