Paint Me Beautiful: a Tale of Anorexia, a Love Story, and the Rebirth of Claire Simone
by C.M. Stunich
18-year-old Claire is dying to be a model. She is 6 foot tall, wears size 2 jeans and still thinks she is fat. She calls her size 10 sister, the 'fat sister'. Claire is obsessed with body image, with being perfect, with becoming famous and being seen. She is very shallow and the story unflinchingly portrays her downward spiral. It is so sad that someone could want something so bad that they would be willing to slowly starve to death to reach their goal. It is a very uncomfortable subject: eating disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, the fashion industry and dying to be thin. It seems to me that at 18, Claire is a little old to be starting out, I have heard of girls who break out in the fashion industry at 12. Claire meets Emmett and he is her salvation. “I feel like I'm suffocating, like I can get all the air I need to breathe from his lips alone.” This book is so amazingly well written and so sad. Then it ends. Claire's story of redemption is to be continued. 5 stars.