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Book Review of Fighting Her by Gillian Jones
I’ll be honest, this book surprised me. I knew very little going in–just that it was a YA adaption of a previous adult romance novel about an eating disorder (Fighting Weight). After reading, I would definitely classify it as new adult or older YA. There is sex, language, and very deep emotional and mental trauma. This book is contains very sensitive subject matter, which may be hard for many readers.
BUT–it’s very well done.
Beyond the bulimia, this is a rock romance novel–I didn’t see that coming, but I really enjoyed the story.
Alina has a lot of demons in her past, and some she still deals with daily. When she and her band land an audition to tour with a famous rock band, she’s terrified it will send her in a tailspin. At the audition, she meets Slater, the lead singer of Sicken Union, and thus begins their fragile love story.
I loved Slater pretty much from the beginning. He saw that Alina was hiding and fighting something, but he never saw her as fragile, never wanted to “fix” her. He just wanted to be there for her, support her, and help in anyway her could.
Parts of this story are so raw and heartbreaking. But, it is also beautiful, and full of strength and love. You’ll fall in love with the support system that develops around Alina when she needs it. Slater, her brother Lucky, and both bands rally around her and create a beautiful, unconventional family. Alina has always felt that she’s not enough, but they help her realize that she is.
I highly recommend this book, as long as you are aware of the sensitive nature of Alina’s struggle with bulimia.
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(I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my review, but my views and opinions are my own.)