Skinniness is Next to Goddessness? Lacey’s Story by Julia Keanini

Skinniness is Next to Goddessness by Julia Keanini

Skinniness is Next to Goddessness

Skinniness is Next to Goddessness?

Sent back to her father after her mother’s sudden remarriage, Lacey Steele knows she’s unwanted by her mom, dad, and the only boy she’s ever had a crush on. Skinniness seems to be the answer to all of Lacey’s life problems, including one upping her boyfriend stealing, perfect big sister. After traditional diet and exercise fail to give Lacey her desired results, Lacey believes all is lost until she suffers from a life changing bout of a stomach virus. She comes back to school pounds lighter and gets the welcome of a woman who’s changed the world. Girls are kind to her and even the boys smile. Is that all it would take? She and her friend Ash decide to drastically cut calories and the pounds continue to fall off. Lacey is able to fit a size she’s only dreamed of. But the “easy” way suddenly demands a price that neither girl wanted to pay and Lacey finds that perceived “Goddessness” isn’t anything she’d hoped it would be. About the Author

About the author

Julia Keanini

Julia Keanini was born in a tiny countryside town on the main island of Japan raised on the sunny, shores of the most populated island of Hawaii. She danced jazz, tap, ballet, hula, and Tahitian (none of it very well). She tried to play the piano, flute, and guitar. She played softball, tennis, and swam competitively (and lost). Basically, a jill of all trades but master (or competent) to none. Although she isn’t very good at any of these things, it laid a fantastic basis for a fiction writing career  But even a blissful childhood couldn’t protect her from suffering from an eating disorder in high school. The worst part, she didn’t even know it. She still ate two-three hundred calories a day (while playing sports), but since she didn’t fit the textbook definitions for anorexia or bulimia, didn’t think she had a problem. Luckily, the issue only persisted for a couple of months, but a grown-up Julia wondered how many other girls thought or thinks the same way she d
id. That was when the “Skinniness is Next to Goddessness?” series was born. Anna’s Story was published at the same time as Lacey’s Story and Jamie’s Story will be out on April 7, 2015. When Julia isn’t writing, she’s usually spending time with her rambunctious son or supportive husband, people watching (or getting new material for her books), reading (especially young adult fiction), eating (especially chocolate), and cooking or baking (the baking part usually doesn’t turn out, but that doesn’t stop her from trying).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Love love love! March 10, 2015
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Absolutely loved it! A refreshing, bright take on a serious issue with a huge, surprising twist. Can’t wait to read the next book in the series!
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As a school librarian I appreciate that this book approaches a tough and very real topic head on and that it addresses misconceptions about eating disorders. I also appreciate the emphasis on the importance of therapy when you’re struggling with tough issues. This is an important message for teens. I will likely purchase this book for my school library.

By Allison on May 29, 2015

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So, I am accidentally reading these books backwards. I started with Jamie’s story and then just finished this one. While I felt like Jamie’s story was more a novel about how tough high school is and how to overcome that, this one was more focused on the eating disorder aspect. I really liked how it tackled the issue but remained a story still. I think what I loved most ((spoiler alert)) was how her mom was able to put her feelings about food into a healthy perspective. It reminded me of the way my mom used to give me advice and was so well written that it took me back!

Great story over all!

By Miki Kapisi on June 9, 2015

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I just finished Lacey’s story…I would highly recommend this book to any parents/caregivers/school counselors out there who are looking into understanding eating/body image issues from a teen’s perspective. This story lends itself well to further discussions with teenage girls on a difficult topic to tackle. The author did a great job at building the story to be so believable. I felt like I was in high school all over again!! Times may change over the years, but mean girls & young love sure don’t!! Also, this story had so many unexpected turns which made it fun to read.

By Joanna Ahleen on June 4, 2015

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Fantastic writing! Lacey’s story pulled me right in and I could hardly put the book down until I finished it in 2 days! Though I don’t relate to having an eating disorder personally, Julia has portrayed this dark subject in a light way with the result of bringing more awareness to the illness. Through Lacey we get to see how this illness affects a person’s thinking and the way she sees herself. Great character growth. I love Lacey! I’m recommending this series to everyone I know.

By Book Crazy TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 27, 2015

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As soon as I read the blurb for this book, I knew I had to read it. I’ve had friends deal with eating disorders before and I was curious how the author would handle this. I would really love my daughter to read this when she’s a little older as well. This should be required reading in school, sort of like “Are you there, God? It’s Me, Margaret” only this was immensely more a better read.

By Samie Sands on June 3, 2015

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Skinniness is Next to Goddessness tackles a deep, dark subject in a sensitive and also entertaining way. Julia Keanini has an amazing writing style that brings her relatable characters to life in a believable way. I’d recommend this book to anyone who enjoys stories that keep you thinking a long time after the book has finished. 5 stars easily deserved.

By Stephanie Williams on June 4, 2015

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I really enjoyed this book. It’s not one of my usual reads, I don’t tend to pick up “issue” books, but I liked the characters and the story line. There were a couple places were the story felt choppy, but the end brought it all together and the rest of the series was set up nicely. Great 1st novel!

By Summer Santiago on May 28, 2015

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I love Lacey! Her struggles are so relatable. I feel her pain, but I feel her strength. She gives me hope. #keepthemtogether #teamtuck
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