Novel Exposes Teenage Girl’s Weighty Issues

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Self-Published author Alejandra O. Reed enumerates the dangers of getting too skinny in her eye-opening book

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Touching on one of today’s most disturbing issues, author Alejandra O. Reed pens down a heartrending tale of friendship, faith, and self-identification. In Skeleton in the Closet, her new book released through Xlibris, she fearlessly raises awareness on how media contributes to teenagers’ weight-related diseases, including those that are serious enough to put an end to their young—and supposedly promising lives.

Margo is confused. A high school student, she is caught between protecting her friend’s secret and doing the right thing. Her fifteen-year-old and longtime friend, Bobbi, has not been herself lately. She, however, knows that what has been causing this is Bobbi’s unsafe way of losing weight. She is also aware that her friend, who was once a friendly, God-fearing girl, has turned into an overly self-conscious teenager who believes that being beautiful means being skinny. Bobbi has been deliberately throwing up and taking laxatives. Her obsession has not only driven her to bad and deceitful company, but is likewise gradually affecting her health. Together with another childhood friend, Margo takes on the duty to help Bobbi and regain her self-confidence without putting her life into danger. But can they do it before it’s too late?

Written in a lighthearted manner, yet substantially insightful, Skeleton in the Closet follows the plight of one teenager whose social norms led her to give up her true happiness and risk her own life. It conveys how media is incorrectly glamorizing and popularizing rail-thin models and actresses, which causes young minds to have an alarming desire to be skeletons. An eye-opening and inspiring book, it is highly recommended to guardians, parents, teenagers, and children.

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About the Author
Alejandra O. Reed lives in Mesa, Arizona, for thirty-three years, after moving from Alexandria, Virginia. She has one brother and two sisters. One of which is a twin sister and a published author. She is the mother of a grown son and daughter. The grandmother of five grandchildren: two girls, three boys, ages three years through eighteen years old. The author is the owner and CEO of a nonprofit organization for the promoting, securing, and advancing the future of children, the up-and-coming next generation. Reed acknowledges her passion for writing is a god-given gift. She is an ordained minister, who gives God the praise for her gifts.

Skeleton in the Closet * by Alejandra O. Reed
Publication Date: June 24, 2010
Trade Paperback; $15.99; 73 pages; 978-1-4535-1018-6
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 73 pages; 978-1-4535-1019-3
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4535-1020-9

To request a complimentary paperback review copy, contact the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7479. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (610) 915-0294 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7879.

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