Holding Out for a Zero
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“I’m doing the right thing, not feeding myself. It’s the only thing I can do, so I will do it. Gloria can somehow have the energy I don’t take in, and it will help her stay alive.”
Twenty years ago, fourteen-year-old Valerie rushed off for lunch with her boyfriend instead of properly putting away a packet of balloons, and her little brother choked to death on his third birthday. In response, Valerie locked down every aspect of her life so she could never lose control like that again, and she’s still doing that today.
So when her sister Gloria is found comatose after an apparently random attack, Valerie is desperate to do something, anything, to save her only remaining sibling. But as a financial controller for a “nothing bigger than a size six” fashion designer, she has no medical background and no idea of how to help. But she has to find a way.
Since Gloria has always wanted to be a size zero, Valerie hits on food as the answer: by eating less, she will lose the weight Gloria now can’t and somehow save her sister that way. But when “eating less” turns into a frantic starvation diet to reach size zero before Gloria dies, will Valerie’s self control save her sister or destroy her own life?
Another Great book!
I was given an ARC of this book for an honest review.
I have read all of Ms Wardell's books and loved them all. She writes strong female characters, many of them having trials in their lives they've had to overcome. Valerie is one or her most neurotic characters by far. This is a very well written story of an addictive personality, brought on by a life altering event that happened when she was a teenager. At times the story was almost too brutally honest, a truly stark look into the mind of someone who's life spirals out of control the more she tries to assert control onto the chaos that surrounds her.
I did not consider this to be light reading, this was a dark look into humanity for me, I could feel Valerie's pain. I think many of us have had periods in our life when we have felt alone, that there is no one who cares about us, that our life is out of control and we're hanging on by the tips of our fingers. Valerie doesn't have any friends, her choice, because you can't lose anyone if you're not close to anyone. Will she find someone who cares about in her in time to save her from herself? You'll have to read the story to find out?
- Category: Fiction & Literature
- Published: Dec 08, 2016
- Publisher: Heather Wardell
- Seller: Primedia E-launch LLC
- Print Length: 372 Pages
- Language: English