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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz

Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz
"Etta is tired of dealing with all of the labels and categories that seem so important to everyone else in her small Nebraska hometown.

Everywhere she turns, someone feels she’s too fringe for the fringe. Not gay enough for the Dykes, her ex-clique, thanks to a recent relationship with a boy; not tiny and white enough for ballet, her first passion; not sick enough to look anorexic (partially thanks to recovery). Etta doesn’t fit anywhere—until she meets Bianca, the straight, white, Christian, and seriously sick girl in Etta’s therapy group. Both girls are auditioning for Brentwood, a prestigious New York theater academy that is so not Nebraska. Bianca might be Etta’s salvation…but can Etta be saved by a girl who needs saving herself?"- summary from Amazon

I absolutely adored this latest book from Moskowitz. It's beautifully written, thought-provoking, and poignant with plenty of humor too. Moskowitz does a great job writing Etta's journey and including some fantastic side characters that I loved spending time with (particularly Bianca's gay brother James). There's several big-button issues dealt with in this book, which she handles very well, but the overall message of the book is learning to accept yourself as you are no matter if you're dealing with an eating disorder, sexual orientation, or whatever else. Love yourself, do your own thing, and find friends that will support you along the way.

FTC: Received e-galley from Edelweiss. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.

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