Perfect By Natasha Friend Character Analysis

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The novel Perfect by Natasha Friend is about coping with the loss of a loved one and reveals that it is not easy to deal with great losses especially close ones. The protagonist is a girl named Isabelle Lee who is 13 years old whose world got turned upside down after the death of her father. Isabelle felt that she had a somewhat perfect life before her dad died. Her life along with her families soon changes developing her habit of binge eating. Her mom suffers with depression due to her husband’s death and her sister suffers from loneliness. Not only does Isabelle’s mom have trouble coping with the death, Isabelle deals with the death by binge eating then throwing up, better known as bulimia. This new habit is discovered by her younger sister …show more content…
The only difference is that I stopped eating and she eats a lot at the same time. Although I was extremely distressed I forced myself to eat even if it had meant only eating one bite. This was the most devastating event of my entire life. I would advise Isabelle by letting her first off know that binge eating will not solve any of her problems, it will just make things worse. It will cause her to be weak because her body will not be able to take all of the nutrients from the food because she throws them up the second they go down her body to her stomach. I would also advise her to go to group therapy in order to help her overcome her sadness from the loss of her father. This will also help her become happier and be more active in her family’s life. Lastly, I would advise her to take care of her younger sister because her mother is full of grief and spends all of her days in mourning. I would suggest this because April needs a motherly figure in her life since her mother doesn’t step up to it someone has to. The book Perfect is similar to the book Skinny by Ibi Kaslik. It is also about a girl who has an eating disorder except that she thinks that she is too fat and eats too little which is the exact opposite for Isabelle, who binge eats and throws up. This book relates to an article that came out on October 2nd 2014 called …show more content…
She is letting people know how difficult it is to deal with death and that it causes many people to feel depressed just like Isabelle’s mother who spends all of her days off mourning for her husband. I also believe that she is portraying death and dying accurately because she call out all of the side effects such as sadness, depression and eating disorders. The author also portrays bulimia very accurately describing how it affects the body and how you can help treat it. I believe that it is portrayed properly because now I can understand how patients with bulimia feel. They feel different from everybody and they feel that they cannot eat in front of anybody. The main theme of this novel is person vs. society. This is because Isabelle Lee the main character is fighting against society and has gotten into the habit of binge eating also known as bulimia. This when a person eats excessive amounts of food at once and then throws it up this is form of an eating disorder. In today’s society there are many girls with eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia. Many girls feel that they are being judged about their weight and what they and how they eat it so many girls have stopped eating due to this either by starving themselves or by eating excessive amounts of food and then throwing them up. Although this does not mean that boys do not get eating disorder they it is just that they are

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