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Faded Denim: Color Me Trapped


Faded Denim: Color Me Trapped

Emily is having a bad day and a bad week, and it looks to be a
pretty dismal summer if things don't change. Looking back, the
soon-to-be high school senior realizes how much has changed over
the past several years. Her best friend, Leah, and herself have
done a morphing of sorts. Emily used to be the slender one while
Leah was overweight and struggling to fit in. Now, Leah is the
tall, skinny, model wannabe who actually has a shot of making it.
Suddenly, Emily's natural beauty and that extra weight aren't so
appealing anymore. Emily finds herself constantly berating her
looks, and her dad's not-so-subtle hints criticizing the weight
gain make the issue even more painful. And then there's Emily's
mom, overweight herself and stashing treats around the house for
those weak moments.

While Emily bemoans her body, Leah presses on in her quest for
model stardom and somehow talks Emily into joining her at a
two-week modeling school in Chicago. Of course, Emily is horrified
at being seen with a multitude of other "Leah's" and their overly
thin bodies, their obsessions with clothing, makeup and food (or
the lack thereof). Still, friendship wins out and Emily (at her
parents' prodding) travels with Leah and sort of participates in
the sessions while covertly observing this world of competitive
high fashion. One lesson Emily learns that she later regrets is the
how-tos of binging and purging. Since working out and trimming back
on portions aren't providing her with fast enough weight loss,
Emily decides to learn from the masters, those girls who frequent
websites providing the tricks of the trade to becoming anorexic and
bulimic for weight control.

It doesn't take long before Emily realizes that vomiting up a meal
isn't a good thing. So she opts for not eating. But as a camp
counselor, her junior high charges are watching her every move.
Sure enough, one of them calls Emily on her eating disorder while
another has the same problem. Thankfully, Emily faces her addiction
before it does untold damage to her body. Recognizing the disorder
is the first step of many Emily takes to find a way to eat
balanced, exercise in moderation, and accept her body as is.

As with any body image struggle, it takes time and consistent
effort to overcome. Melody Carlson has laid out a practical plan
for encouraging sound health habits through mutual accountability,
reasonable expectations, and balance, balance, balance. Readers
will appreciate the author's perceptive and sensitive handling of
this commonplace yet painfully challenging topic of


Reviewed by Michele Howe on October 18, 2011

Faded Denim: Color Me Trapped
by Melody Carlson

  • Publication Date: June 15, 2006
  • Genres: Christian, Fiction
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress
  • ISBN-10: 1576835375
  • ISBN-13: 9781576835371