Oh, this was heartbreaking. I had a friend who had a mild eating disorder and she wouldn't eat anything at lunch, choosing instead to play volleyball in the gym, so I know what Scorpius would have been going through, but to a much smaller extent, considering I only found out last year and she hadn't done anything too drastic to herself. And my sister recently began self-harming herself, especially with the word fat, and that hit me in the heart, but again, she hasn't done anything that would put her life at risk yet.
But even so, this really brought up some past feelings and it felt very personal. I also relate to Rose, with the fact that I don't eat sometimes because I see the fat on my hips but then I'll eat an entire bag of ships within minutes and I'll hate myself. I haven't done anything drastic yet either, but I don't think I will.
So, I understood the two sides of this story. Why do I bring up my personal experiences with this phenomenon? You have beautifully (or, not so beautifully) captured the emotions of those who do these things and shown the reasoning behind these actions in a way that I cannot thank you enough for, because there is real feelings and real emotions and they are handled so well and beautifully.
And the reactions of those who love her are so raw and gorgeously written and I can't thank you enough for showing that doing things like that and developing an eating disorder can unravel the people who love you, and that even the strongest will eventually collapse under the pressure of having someone they love harm themselves in that manner.
Rose's recovery was truly heartwarming. Her support from Scorpius (yay! my ScoRose! I kind of love them) was touching, and the fact that her brother would randomly hug her over the summer is very realistic and just beautifully touching. The fact that Rose began to fight the voices in her head but that the voices of her parents and others beat them out was also really amazing.
The end kind of broke me, but in a good way! It's nice to see Rose feeling better about herself, and realizing she will never look like Dominique or Lily, but that looking like herself is not worse, and that Hermione and Rose went shopping for dresses too large in the hopes that Rose would get better, and the fact that she did just really makes me happy.
When Rose wrote the article and then heard that it helped someone... I just felt so happy for her, because I think that something like that is a victory for Rose, and for anyone who fought something like that off, and that she would turn to Scorpius (even though he is her best friend) really made me happy! (ScoRose!)
I hope this review made sense, again I'm sorry for going off track and talking about personal experiences, but you brought up a lot of old feelings, but you handled this topic so beautifully and I can't thank you enough for writing this in this way.
This was just beautifully done and gosh, I'm crying. I promise, I am. Amazing job!