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Reviewed by Emilee Hussack

In two years, everything Adele Palmer knew to be stable in her life has fallen apart. Her father cheats on her mother and abandons her family, subsequently leading her mother and her baby sister to move into a cramped apartment. Simul- taneously, her mother develops an addiction to prescription pills, and Adele (Dell) begins to binge eat to fill the voids left by her absent father and numbed mother. When we meet Dell, she is struggling to hold onto the few treasures left in her life: her softball career and her best friend Cara. She sees both slipping away due to her weight and the brutal teasing she receives at the hands the popular clique at her high school. A violent sexual encounter with her longtime crush further isolates Dell as rumors and untruths swirl out of control. Blaming herself for the attack and feeling silenced by the pressures of high school, Dell plummets into a dark depression of guilt and rejec- tion. The novel escalates into a shockingly tragic third act, leav- ing the reader desperate to help anyone who has ever been bullied or ignored.

The reader can chart the dev- astating decline of Dell due to the cruelties of being teased and ignored; thus, the text is particu- larly powerful and effective. …

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