Zero

Review by Caleb Huculak

First, a brief summary

Zero is a fictional novel about a girl named Kas (pronounced "Kaz"). Kas just got into a prestigious art school called Whitchurch. While at Whitchurch she meets two people who really follow her through the story, these people are named Jacob and Marin. Jacob is a musician who eventually becomes Kas's boyfriend. Marin is Kas's best friend, and she is there for Kas throughout the story. During her time at Whitchurch, Kas develops an eating disorder, Zero is the tale of how the suffered from that disorder

Meet the Cast

What did I think?

Personally, although the book wasn't terrible, I don't think that I would read it again. It was a fairly interesting topic, it's not something that you often read about, and it was reasonably well told as well. There were really only two things that I didn't like about the book. First, I felt like there was too much self-hate toward the middle and end of the book, when Kas's condition had started to deepen, she started to constantly belittle herself, and frankly, it started to get annoying. Second, it was too short. That's right, the book wasn't long enough, I thought that it had the makings of a great story, but it was too fast-paced and it felt rushed. I think that the book could have been been better if it had been lengthened and brought into more detail.

What is the Theme?

I think that if I had to chose a theme statement for this novel, it would have to be this:

"When left untreated, any form of disorder, eating or otherwise, has the potential to be fatal"

If I had to think of a moral of the story, I think it would be that your body is important, you need to treat it with respect, don't abuse it, and if you think that there is something wrong with it, then you need to get help. The same goes for those that think that someone that they know is going through something and needs help.

Let's Talk About the Book

Characters

Here's my opinion on Zero's cast.

Marin: At first, I didn't really like Marin all that much because she seemed kind of stuck up and pretentious to me. But as I read and got to know her, I realized that Marin was actually one of the best friends that Kas could have had. Really, any friend would have helped, but I got the sense that Marin was the sort of person that could understand what Kas was going through and wouldn't judge her

Jacob: I liked Jacob. He was kind of a cool guy and I was happy when he got together with Kas, and I thought that there were a few times where the author really portrayed his feelings well, but I just think that he could have had a bit more page time to develop his character (do yo know what would have helped? A longer book! Wow!)
Kas: What can I say? Kas is the main character. You get to know her the most, she has the most complex character, the most backgrounds, the most thoughts, I mean, the story literally revolves around her. But that doesn't mean that I have to like her. As I said earlier, I think that there was to much self-pity and self-hate for one character (more like for one book), and it just got annoying. It felt like 80% of the book took place inside this characters head. I did not like that. At all. Not enough substantial events actually happened with her. I think I've made my point though, I didn't like Kas all that much. Nuff said.

Least favorite character?

This may seem kind of weird, but my least favorite character wasn't actually a character at all. The reason that I say that is because my least favorite character was Kas's consciousness. Her consciousness was actually the main antagonist, it is what led her to do all those things to herself, and, in the end, is what nearly killed her

Language

I don't think I really need to elaborate much here, I'm pretty sure I've made my opinion clear. I liked how the book had been told, it just needed to be longer.

Setting

The book doesn't really go into too much detail as to where the story takes place, other than that Kas goes to a prestigious art school called Whitchurch

What's the Issue?!

I honestly think that this book discusses a really important issue, eating disorders don't often get taught about and there are a lot of people who don't know how to identify the symptoms of, well, any eating disorders. I highly recommend reading the appendix of Zero, it has a lot of really good info.

Recommendations?

Would I recommend this book? I actually think that I would, even though I wasn't really the biggest fan of the book, I still think that it merits reading. What would I rate it? An overall 7/10.