Sad Perfect by Stephanie Elliot

sad perfect



There is no way around this; this review will have a slight spoiler

I know that there are a lot of people who have said that this is problematic and triggering because of the way that it depicts other eating disorders. While, I did not feel that the depiction of other eating disorders was bad I can see why other people might have an issue with it.

I personally really liked this book up until the point that she was forced into a psychiatric unit. I felt that the depiction of the psychiatric unit and the staff’s attitude was terrible. I have been in numerous psychiatric units. One of them was absolutely terrible and I did not get along with the doctor and I think that acknowledging the fact that some psychiatric units aren’t good is important. However, the depiction of the psychiatric unit in this book would scare off anyone who is struggling with similar things to the Main Character. It was basically all about how evil the psychiatric unit was and how they didn’t listen to her and how they didn’t have her best interest at heart. There were so many things about the depiction of the psychiatric unit that put me off.

I think it is always important to acknowledge that some psychiatric units can be bad but you should do so in a way that won’t turn people away from seeking help if they are in a situation where there need it.

Some other issues I had with the book were how the Main Character acted like her eating disorder was so much worse than anyone else’s. I admit that having an eating disorder that people don’t recognize or understand does make it difficult but it was still invalidating to people who have struggles with anorexia and bulimia. The main character in general acted like her problems were so much more different and worse than other people that were struggling and she even implied that with one of the people in the psychiatric unit.

This bothered me immensely but not enough to be triggering but I know a number of people found this book triggering.

I rated this book 3 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed it until the end and it fell apart. There are problematic issues with the book but due to not being easily triggered I was not bothered by them. However, I definitely see why other people would be and would advise against reading the book if you are someone that gets triggered easily.


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