This Impossible Light
, written by Lily Myers, is a really interesting take on a memoir-type story. It flows in a poetic fashion, written from a young girl/teenager’s point of view. Lily finds it difficult to feel like a valued, confident woman as she watches her mother become consumed by what the culture has done to her. And before she knows it, the sixteen year old is living the same life.
Honestly, I was worried I would have a hard time reading this book, and especially writing a review on it. But I can respect where the author is writing from, and who she is reaching out to. As a young/teenage girl I was very self conscious; having never heard any woman in my life say she felt confident, strong, or healthy, I always strove for less- less food, less weight, less carbs .. oh my. To take up less space meant to be better.
But here I am as a young woman (Well, I don’t know … am I young at 31?) on the other side of that spectrum- more confident than I have ever been in my entire life– I’ve birth 4 babies, I can do deep squats with a barbell on my shoulders, I can do more lunges and lift more weight than I could at 16 … and I don’t mind the curves, the bumps, or the stretch marks that show where I’ve been, what I’ve accomplished with this strong body.
It took me many, many years to get to that place (my entire life thus far, to be exact). I wasn’t even in that place 2 years ago …
So as a young girl, this book, This Impossible Light,
would have really spoken to me about what isn’t important, and the need to let go of the toxic relationships (real and metaphorical) in life. Sometimes, you just need to know someone else has been there.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Sixteen-year-old Ivy’s world is in flux. Her dad has moved out, her mother is withdrawn, her brother is off at college, and her best friend, Anna, has grown distant. Worst of all, Ivy’s body won t stop expanding. She’s getting taller and curvier, with no end in sight. Even her beloved math class offers no clear solution to the imbalanced equation that has become Ivy s life.
Everything feels off-kilter until a skipped meal leads to a boost in confidence and reminds Ivy that her life is her own. If Ivy can just limit what she eats the way her mother seems to she can stop herself from growing, focus on the upcoming math competition, and reclaim control of her life. But when her disordered eating leads to missed opportunities and a devastating health scare, Ivy realizes that she must weigh her mother’s issues against her own, and discover what it means to be a part of and apart from her family.
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