Monday, June 9, 2014

A Trick of the Light by Lois Metzger

Mike's parents are going through a tough time. His dad has left home to live with another woman and his mom is understandably unhappy and sliding into depression.  After seeing himself in an unusual mirror at a garage sale Mike is unhappy with his weight and begins to diet.  He has a critical voice in his head telling him that he needs to lose more weight in order to look better and he becomes more obsessed with his eating.  Mike also begins to withdraw from his close friend Tamio and only listens to Amber, a new friend who knows ways to trick people to keep them off his back.  If you hadn't guessed yet, this is a book about anorexia but with a male protagonist which is unusual.  Mike's descent into anorexia is believable because the voice he hears sounds perfectly reasonable at first so you, as the reader, are not on the outside of this problem.  Well done.