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My Life in Black and White - Natasha Friend I had a lot of problems with this book. Top of the list, I suppose, is the way it treated voyeurism and sexual abuse. It's like the author wanted to say something meaningful about those things, as well as about what it means to be a young woman and a sexual object and believing that your beauty is all that you have, but it never really got there. It ended up being, I thought, a rather shallow statement.
It also bothers me how girls in stories like this - girls who are ugly on the inside - manage to have nice guys fall for them as soon as something bad happens to them. This is a popular trope in mean girl novels. See also, Some Girls Are and Before I Fall (though I liked those books a lot more than this one).
I have more to say about this book, but I have to go to work now.