'Is there anything that's concerning you?' Felicity says. 'College, home, boyfriends?' Though she's more or less smiling at this last one. I don't smile. Instead, I feel my face go hot. Silence stretches as wide as an ocean. When I look up, Felicity has this expression on her face like she's just seen Elvis. Slowly, she leans forward and in a gentle voice I've never heard her use before she says, 'Have you done a pregnancy test?' When Hedda discovers she is pregnant, she doesn't believe she could ever look after a baby. The numbers just don't add up. She is young, and still in the grip of an eating disorder that controls every aspect of how she goes about her daily life. She's even given her eating disorder a name - Nia. But as the days tick by, Hedda comes to a decision: she and Nia will call a truce, just until the baby is born. 17 weeks, 119 days, 357 meals. She can do it, if she takes it one day at a time ...Heartbreaking and hopeful by turns, Karen Gregory's debut novel is a story of love, heartache and human resilience. And how the things that matter most can't be counted.
~I was sent a copy from the publishers-all opinions are my own~
I give it - 5/5
My review - This book, THIS BOOK, had me in tears. It was heartbreakingly beautiful and so important and compelling!
In this book we meet Hedda. Hedda is pregnant. But, she is still young and trying to overcome an eating disorder. An eating disorder which she has named and can't stop the thinking in her head. She has decided to try hard and take it day by day and put the baby first and not let the eating disorder, Nia, change her mind. She is counting down the days, counting everything, until the baby is born, she can do it, right?
I just loved this book. I won't talk too much about what happens but it was just amazing. I love how it didn't, straight away, get better. She has to fight it and that is something that people with eating disorders have to do and deal with. Karen has written a beautiful novel that really speaks to everyone and really hits you in the gut.
It has the topic of pregnancy at a young age and an eating disorders. Two very important topics.
Hedda has to deal with a lot but she is just taking it one day at a time. It's the best she can do for her and her baby and it was just so beautiful and heartbreaking and I broke down in tears afterwards. I love how Karen writes, how the book just flowed. I was gripped from the beginning and it felt like I was with Hedda on this journey she was taking and I just wanted to be there for her and give her a big hug. I LOVED the ending, and that is something you all will find out when you get the book ;)
A brilliant book from Karen with important topics and just a heartbreakingly beautiful story. Hedda really grows up in this book and it was great to read about. I really feel for Hedda and I think you all will too when you get this book. Just wonderful.