About SAD PERFECT: Told in second person, SAD PERFECT is the story of a 16-year-old girl with ARFID, Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, a unique eating disorder. This is a heartbreaking, visceral perspective on disease, love, and recovery.
For sixteen-year-old Pea, eating has always been difficult. Some people might call her a picky eater, but she knows it’s more than that, and it’s getting worse. And now there’s a monster raging inside of her, one that controls more than just her eating disorder. The monster is growing, and causing anxiety, depression, and dangerous thoughts.
When Pea meets Ben and they fall crazy-mad in love, she tries to keep the monster hidden. But the monster wants out, and as much as she tries, she can’t pretend that the bad in her doesn’t exist. Unable to control herself, a chain of events thrusts Pea into a situation she’d never imagine she’d find herself in. With the help of Ben, her family, and friends, Pea must find the inner strength to understand that her eating disorder doesn’t have to control her.
And here's the cover of SAD PERFECT!
Stephanie's thoughts on the cover:
"The publisher asked me for thoughts when it came to designing, and I knew I wanted a clean look. I love the look of Shannon M. Parker’s The Girl Who Fell and Marisa Reichardt’s Underwater – that clean, stark look. It turns out the cover designer who did Marisa’s Underwater did my book too – Andrew Arnold!
I like the reader to come up with her own conclusion on what the characters might look like so I requested no people on the cover. And even though this is a book about an eating disorder, I didn’t want food on the cover either.
After the first composite cover came in, we made a couple of tweaks and this is what he came up with! When people ask me what the significance of the safety pin is, I just say they have to read the book!"
SAD PERFECT was inspired by Stephanie's daughter’s journey with ARFID, Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. She has written for a variety of websites and magazines and has been a passionate advocate of other authors by promoting their books on the Internet for years. She is also the author of three self-published novels.
A Florida native, Stephanie has lived near Chicago and Philadelphia and currently calls Scottsdale, Arizona home. She graduated from Northern Illinois University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. Stephanie and her husband Scott have three children: AJ, McKaelen and Luke. They are all her favorites.
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