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Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite
Pygmie by Emily Trinkely is an interesting story revolving around the character of Carina, who is too small for her pack and is constantly being picked on. Her parents have abandoned her (dumping her on her aunt), and Carina isn't sure if she can survive with the pack very much longer. She is so used to the teasing and torturing and self hatred - which was so sad to read about but so common among teen girls, especially those that are bullied and teased - that she isn't sure if she can ever be loved. When the opportunity for love does come her way, she is almost too blind to see that someone might actually care for her because she is so used to being tormented and teased.
This is a really sad topic but one I am glad is being put out there in a book. A lot of teen girls will relate to this story because they are so used to hearing that they are ugly or worthless or too short or too flat chested or have too big a butt or too big a mouth. It doesn't matter who they hear it from -- family members, mean girls at school, friends, co workers, cousins, boyfriends, ex-boyfriends, even themselves. It just matters that the message is repeated so often that they begin to believe it themselves and really start to doubt that there is anything better out there for them. So I believe readers will enjoy this story because of its uplifting and inspiring message. Readers will learn that they can overcome being bullied and teased and have a chance at a good life and even find true love.