PAINT ME BEAUTIFUL
By: C.M. Stunich
I am a HUGE fan of C.M. Stunich’s writing and this book is one of the reasons why. Paint Me Beautiful tackles the subject of anorexia and it’s not sugar coated or wrapped up neatly. It’s real, it’s raw and it’s emotional. I cried throughout this book because it made me question everything I’ve ever felt about my own body image and self esteem. As the mother of a pre-teen it opened my eyes to how my own daughter could be viewing herself and how important it is for me to reinforce that beauty comes from the inside
“I am broken in my own eyes. I am sick in my family’s. I am not good enough in the fashion world’s. In Emmett’s, I am whole.”
Paint Me Beautiful is a heart-breaking story told through the eyes of Claire. This is her journey of self-loathing and self-discovery. She is a young woman in a stable home with two parents and a sister who love her. She has never been abused or traumatized. She has the perfect life in everyone’s eyes but her own. Claire’s dreams of being a model drive her but rejection chips away at her self esteem to the point where she only sees her flaws. Her eyes are too big, her lips are too thin, her hair is too red and her body is too fat. She covers all the mirrors in her room so she can’t see her imperfections and has memorized the calorie count of everything. She bleaches her hair, exercises excessively and starves herself because, in her eyes, this is what she needs to do to succeed.
“Emmett Sinclair will save me in more ways than one, and I’ll hate him for it. I’ll curse his name and even wish for brief seconds in time that he was dead, or at the very least out of my life for good. Later though, later I’ll understand that he saved my life and breathed beauty into my dreams.”
“I mean that they can’t try to fix something that you don’t think is broken.”
Emmett has such an important role in this story. He’s supportive and patient. He doesn’t judge her, label her or give her ultimatums. He is the only person who realizes she has to want to be fixed and she can’t be forced into it. His love is unconditional and Claire feels safest with him.
“Emmett’s love isn’t enough; my family’s love isn’t enough. The only thing that would be enough is my love for me, and that, that is the one thing I am still searching for.”
Paint Me Beautiful is a must read for every young woman. It’s a powerful, heartbreaking and inspiring story from start to end. I haven’t been this moved by a story in a long time and I had my own journey of self-discovery while reading this book. As a whole, we need to criticize ourselves a little less and love ourselves a little more. We need to show young women self worth isn’t measured by the love of others; it starts with finding something to love about you. I started today. I now ask my daughter to tell me three things she loves about herself and I tell her three things I love about myself every night before she goes to bed.
I absolutely LOVED this book.
Would I read it again? YES
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WARNING – It ends on a cliffhanger but the second book
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