A Margaret Ferguson Book
Stephanie Elliot was inspired to write Sad Perfect by her own daughter’s journey with ARFID, Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. She has written for a variety of websites and magazines
and is a book reviewer, a parenting columnist, a mommy blogger, and an editor. Sad Perfect is her first novel. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Holly McCormack has a lot to hide, like that she’s dating a girl, even though as far as everyone else is concerned, she’s not a lesbian. She also runs a support group for survivors of sexual assault at her high school, but she was never a victim. Between hearing the stories of the survivors and trying to be worthy to date the prettiest girl in school, Chastaine Rollo, Holly’s drowning in stress. She’s also dealing with her negative body image by starving herself.
When Holly’s anxiety over keeping her relationship with Chastaine from her parents reaches the breaking point, her eating disorder gets worse. She needs help, but keeping secrets for so long has left her with nowhere to turn.
Meghan Ball is both the most visible and the most invisible person in school. Her massive size is impossible to ignore, yet people freely spill their secrets in front of her, perhaps because they think she isn?t listening. But she is. Now her attention has turned to a new girl: Aimee Zorn, with her stick-figure body and defiant attitude. Meghan is determined to befriend Aimee, and when she ultimately succeeds, the two join forces to take down their shared enemy.
This provocative story explores the ways in which girls use food and their bodies to say what they cannot: I?m lonely.