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ARC Review: Starfish by Lisa Fipps

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book surprised me. I won an ARC of it from bookishfirst after enjoying the sample, and thought it might make an enjoyable enough read, but it was so much more than that. It’s deceptively simple and very intense, and I loved the depiction of therapy. Ellie’s therapist is awesome. Ellie has endured bullying about her weight from her schoolmates and her family, and her journey to speak up and overcome that was empowering and emotional. Highly recommend to anyone who has ever struggled with their weight or had to deal with unhelpful critical remarks from family – those who should lift you up instead of drag you down.

I love a good novel written in verse, and this one really took advantage of the format to be sparse and cutting and pack a punch. I was crying rather a lot by the end of it, and came away feeling like I could hold my head up a little higher despite my oft-pointed out flaws.

Thanks to bookishfirst for providing an arc to review.

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