Item description for Faded Denim: Color Me Trapped (True Colors #9) by Melody Carlson...
Overview Originally trying to lose only a few pounds, seventeen-year-old Emily's weight loss spins out of control as she develops eating disorders until she decides that trusting in God and her friends can help her regain her health.
Publishers Description All of Emily's friends seem so perfect: skinny and pretty and fun and flirty. Emily loathes her slightly overweight body, and as her secret bitterness begins to eat away at her soul, she faces the dark prospect of developing an eating disorder. This ninth book in the TrueColor teen fiction series, Faded Denim takes a serious look at the important issues of body image and eating disorders. Includes discussion questions.
Community Description Seventeen-year-old Emily feels like a chubby plain Jane. It seems like Leah, her best friend since middle school, has turned into a beauty queen overnight. Leah is considering a modeling career, and Emily's secret crush Brett has even asked Leah to the prom. When Leah takes Emily along on her first photo shoot and starts talking about having breast-reduction surgery, Emily feels uglier than ever. Somehow, snacking on junk food seems to ease the pain.
As a Christian, Emily knows "inner beauty" is more important than physical appearances, but frankly she is starting to hate herself. Leah hatches a plan to give Emily a long-term makeover and encourages her to start a reasonable exercise and diet plan. It's slow-going and frustrating. As school comes to an end, Leah's aunt announces her plans to send Leah to send to a two-week modeling school in Chicago, but her father will not allow her to go unless Emily agrees to go with her. Two days before the school begins, Emily is dismayed to see she's lost only three pounds.
The modeling school isn't as horrible as Emily expects, mostly because the skinny chicks seem to accept her, and they are willing to share their diet secrets, which are far more extreme than Leah's. But they are effective! Energized by the speedy results, Emily soon finds herself on a weight-loss slide she can't seem to stop.
Later that summer, the friends work as church-camp counselors for a bunch of mean girls, and Emily's physical health begins to decline. Leah has a cosmetic surgery that goes terribly awry. Together they must find their way back to a godly understanding of what it means to be truly beautiful.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Jul 19, 2006
Publisher NAV PRESS #111
Series True Colors
Series Number 9
ISBN 1576835375 ISBN13 9781576835371
Availability 0 units.
More About Melody Carlson
I started writing "professionally" about twenty years ago. I quickly learned that I'm a fast writer and, as a result, I've published more than 200 books--with more than 6 million books sold. And it stuns me to write out those numbers today. How did that happen? I've been told I'm in the top twenty "most prolific authors" of all time. Although I'm not certain this is true, it does make me wonder--and I wonder how other authors (in previous generations) managed to write so many books without the use of a computer. Last year I won a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times. But that doesn't mean I'm ready to retire. I have lots more books coming out and new ideas popping into my head all the time. I write from a studio right next to the house I share with my husband in Oregon. My dog Audrey goes to work with me every morning. I have to say...it's a pretty good life...and I am grateful to God for every bit of it.
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Great book May 28, 2007
Im not much of a reader. I usually start a book and get 3-4 chapters in and the put it back on the shelf or it just lays around my room. I work in a christian bookstore and I also deal with an eating disorder. My boss gave me this book to read. I was apprehensive about reading it, but I at least started it to make her happy with no intentions on finishing it. A week later I had finished it. Melody Carlson really does capture the true feelings of someone with an eating disorder. I'd recommend this book to anyone that suffers or has a loving one or friend that suffers from an eating disorder.
faded denim May 28, 2007
a great book series for teens my 15 year old really enjoyed reading her friends and asked me to buy it for her....
True Picture of the Disease May 23, 2007
I'm an adult that has dealt with anorexia for most of my adult life. This book was right on with its depiction of the battle that goes on inside someone that is battling anorexia. I saw myself in Emily as she tried to start eating again. It isn't as easy as just taking a bite. There is so much more to it than that, and I think Melody Carlson captured that very well.
Once my daughters hit their teen years, I am going to have them read this book.
Too much focus on body image and GOD - no real story here Dec 1, 2006
Too bad such an important topic is exploited for the purpose of getting girls think about their body image so much and come to the conclusion that the answer to all of their problems is to realize that they need to rely on GOD. This is the worst example of a book written specifically for girls that I have seen yet. The over all message is: Learn to over-examine your body, absorb the judgments of others, seek approval, pray to GOD to save your sanity, praying works and lets you live happily ever after. Forget about finding prince charming or "finding yourself" - just find the Lord.
Kudos to Carlson for a job well done Jul 27, 2006
FADED DENIM is book number 9 in the TRUE COLORS SERIES by Melody Carlson, and it is definitely high on the best list. Carlson tackles some tough subjects here: namely, eating disorders, and she does it in a very thought-provoking and moving way.
Emily has put on some weight in the last year, and in the meantime her friend Leah has lost some, and is headed on her way to be America's next Top Model. Seriously. And Emily is getting really jealous. Emily's dad keeps commenting on her weight problem, and as she watches Leah slip into a world of glamour and beauty, Emily wants it for herself. First she tries some simple dieting and exercise. But the weight isn't coming off fast enough. Soon Emily turns to much more drastic measures to put off the weight, taking her down a path that could ruin her life, and possibly end it.
FADED DENIM picks up all the pieces and creates a very moving story. There are some beautiful moments near the end that will make the reader really stop and think. And the best part is, Emily's path toward an eating disorder feels completely real. Carlson has captured what it really feels like to struggle with an eating disorder, and she doesn't resolve things easily with ribbon and string. It's a hard journey that will definitely leave a mark on the reader. Highly recommended.