After three years of laborious work and writing and rewriting words, sections, chapters and entire sets of pages of work, I published my debut novel, Just Perfect, in December 2014. Just Perfect finds its roots in the difficult times I have gone through. Feeling the need to help others through the sharing of my personal struggles – experienced by so many others as well – I believe it would be incredible to share my work with the largest audience possible. 

 

 

The novel tells the story about Christina, a sixteen-year-old girl who becomes bullied at school. Gradually, she finds herself sinking away into the bottomless pit of a depression and eating disorder, haunted by her troubled thoughts and experiences and striving for acceptance. 

 

Fate was never easy on her, having given her an appearance far from desirable and a family situation far from the norm, but when she is forced to face it all on her own, forced to battle her inner demons, she knows she needs to give all she's got to fight her way back to the surface and get her life back on track.

 

Just Perfect is a grippingly honest account of love and friendship, betrayal and trust, anorexia and the fight for a better tomorrow.

 

 

Hereby a teaser:

 

As I turned into Caldon Street, I sensed an ominous presence. I looked around, but the narrow passage revealed nothing but shadows. The tall, dilapidated buildings and occasional stinking trash heap provided cover for any predator, and I decided to drive near the middle of the road for safety. 

 

My mind raced. Maybe I was imagining it; maybe there was nothing going on at all and I was just making up scenarios in my head. I was driving myself insane. I'd always had a flowing imagination – what else could there possibly be? 

Just Perfect - young adult fiction (fictional memoir) on the themes of bullying, anorexia, eating disorders, depression and mental illness and mental health
Proud author Hanne Arts posing with her debut novel Just Perfect
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Just Perfect - young adult fiction (fictional memoir) on the themes of bullying, anorexia, eating disorders, depression and mental illness and mental health
Proud author Hanne Arts posing with her debut novel Just Perfect
Just Perfect - young adult novel clearing up mental health stigma

Hanne's novel is definitely not a fairy tale or your typical happily-ever-after novel. It helped me understand more about the terrible things that people go through, as well as how people's minds can turn inexplicably against themselves."

Valerie Flokstra, reviewer at jaBlog

"An enthralling read, written with tenderness for growing ups and recommended for all those who want to understand how it is to be - temporarily - affected by mental health sufferings."

Veronique De Roeck, Psychologist, Lecturer Psychopathology, Research Associate Milestone-Transition Study

"A charming and intriguing story, written with a finesse and maturity of style that would flatter an author of far more seasoned years."
John Yeoman, Author, The Hog Lane Murders

"This book is a must read for teens. I think a lot of times teens feel like they are alone in how they are feeling when really most teens share their feelings. I definitely recommend this book."
Christy, Blogger, Christy's Cozy Corners

If you want to read on, I encourage you to order your own copy here.

 

PS. If you read and like the book, please leave an honest Amazon, Barnes & Noble and GoodReads review :). I read and appreciate all the nice comments and messages I get!

 

The novel tells the story about Christina, a sixteen-year-old girl who becomes bullied at school. Gradually, she finds herself sinking away into the bottomless pit of a depression and eating disorder, haunted by her troubled thoughts and experiences and striving for acceptance. 

 

Fate was never easy on her, having given her an appearance far from desirable and a family situation far from the norm, but when she is forced to face it all on her own, forced to battle her inner demons, she knows she needs to give all she's got to fight her way back to the surface and get her life back on track.

 

Just Perfect is a grippingly honest account of love and friendship, betrayal and trust, anorexia and the fight for a better tomorrow.

 

 

Hereby a teaser:

 

As I turned into Caldon Street, I sensed an ominous presence. I looked around, but the narrow passage revealed nothing but shadows. The tall, dilapidated buildings and occasional stinking trash heap provided cover for any predator, and I decided to drive near the middle of the road for safety. 

 

My mind raced. Maybe I was imagining it; maybe there was nothing going on at all and I was just making up scenarios in my head. I was driving myself insane. I'd always had a flowing imagination – what else could there possibly be? 

After three years of laborious work and writing and rewriting words, sections, chapters and entire sets of pages of work, I published my debut novel, Just Perfect, in December 2014. Just Perfect finds its roots in the difficult times I have gone through. Feeling the need to help others through the sharing of my personal struggles – experienced by so many others as well – I believe it would be incredible to share my work with the largest audience possible.