About Don’t Call Me Kit Kat
Junior high is where things really start to happen. Cliques form and break apart. Couples are made and destroyed. And a reputation is solidified that you won’t ever be able to escape. Everything you do and say, and everyone you spend your time with, matters.
Katie Mills knows that. She gets it. That’s why she tried so hard to get in with the cool girls at school. And why she was so devastated when those efforts found her detained for shoplifting and laughed out of cheer squad tryouts.
But Katie has more to worry about than just fitting in. Her parents are divorced and always fighting. Her sister never has time for her. And her friends all seem to be drifting apart. Even worse? The boy she has a crush on is dating the mean girl at school.
Everything is a mess, and Katie doesn’t feel like she has control over any of it. Certainly not over her weight, which has always topped out at slightly pudgier than normal—at least, according to her mother.
So when she happens to catch one of the popular girls throwing up in the bathroom one day, it sparks an idea. A match that quickly engulfs her life in flames.
Is there any going back once she gets started down this path?
And would she even want to if she could?
Don’t Call Me Kit Kat Trailer
Farnham moved me in several ways, first with her ability to depict a clear picture of the horrors and dangers of an eating disorder, secondly to cover other social issues plaguing teens and thirdly to masterfully come across as a troubled teen loud and clear, her language expressed that of a teen floundering, very well done. Her stellar writing is filled with deep emotion as she holds nothing back in her characters along with their hard-hitting challenges. Dialogue is outstanding.
Katie is a teen drowning in pain. Her troubles soon escalate and she finds herself in a spiraling situation. Her parents unfriendly divorce, a mother lacking sensitivity, peer pressure, low self-esteem, bullying and desperately craving acceptance and attention by peers and family are burdening the shoulders of Katie. As the story progresses you feel Katie’s pain and its excruciating. Luckily she has a wonderful set of friends but her problems cause her to distance herself and she finds herself afloat tying to navigate rough terrain on her own, anguish her undertow.
I completely connected with Katie’s story and voice. This isn’t a happy story however, it’s very realistic in the horrors of bulimia and its ongoing struggle to control. Katie felt real and I loved the ending. Farnham did not go with a HEA, rather she left the ending filled with ambiguity fueling its reality. I found myself considering Katie weeks after I read the book. Farnham creates quite a punch in this mighty read.
A potent story addressing serious issues facing young adults. Great book to read with your young adult leading to an open dialogue on issues often avoided or ignored. Outstanding effort by Farnham. Looking forward to future books from this incredibly gifted writer. Highly recommend.
K. J. Farnham is a former educator turned author and freelance editor. Born and raised in a suburb of Milwaukee, she holds a bachelor’s degree from UW-Milwaukee and a master’s degree from Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Farnham now lives in Western Wisconsin with her husband, three children and three cats. When she is not busy keeping up with her kids, she can be found reading or writing.
Farnham enjoys road trips, beach outings, strength training, running, hiking and acoustic music. She hopes to convince her husband to drive across the United States in an RV someday
Data from the National Eating Disorders Association:
•Bulimia nervosa affects 1-2% of adolescent and young adult women.
•Approximately 80% of bulimia nervosa patients are female.
•People struggling with bulimia nervosa usually appear to be of average body weight.
•Many people struggling with bulimia nervosa recognize that their behaviors are unusual and perhaps dangerous to their health.
•Bulimia nervosa is frequently associated with symptoms of depression and changes in social adjustment.
•Risk of death from suicide or medical complications is markedly increased for eating disorders.
Despite the prevalence of eating disorders, they continue to receive inadequate research funding.
Illness Prevalence NIH Research Funds (2011)
Alzheimer’s Disease 5.1 million $450,000,000
Autism 3.6 million $160,000,000
Schizophrenia 3.4 million $276,000,000
Eating disorders 30 million $28,000,000
Research dollars spent on Alzheimer’s Disease averaged $88 per affected individual in 2011. For Schizophrenia the amount was $81. For Autism $44. For eating disorders the average amount of research dollars per affected individual was just $0.93. (National Institutes of Health, 2011)
To learn more or to make a donation that will go toward prevention programs, rehabilitation and support for those who struggle with eating disorders, please visit http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/.