This is very upsetting, until the point where it becomes EVEN MORE UPSETTING.
This is the story of an obese teen who grows up in an extremely abusive situation. I spent 50% of the book mentally pleading with the MC to run away. RUN AWAY, SUGAR, JUST RUN AWAY.
I desperately wanted her to flee the terrible situation, because I couldn’t take reading about it. This is something I normally wouldn’t advocate for with a teen, as even though it seems like nothing can be worse than staying in a terrible situation, the reality is that things usually can get worse for young runaways. But the heart wants what the heart wants.
Also, did I mention there’s an EVEN MORE UPSETTING thing that you should prepare yourself for? Unfortunately, it was something Sugar couldn’t have even run away from. Life came and just gave her another big punch in the gut, as if she wasn’t able to become who she would be without hitting rock bottom. That’s why this gets 4 stars, instead of 5, as I don’t love the whole, take everything away from the MC, in order for her to become her best self mentality. I think people can become their best self with a little love and support, too. But overall, it’s a good read if you don’t mind being depressed throughout, with small flashes of beauty and hope.
Book 182 read in 2018