★★★★☆ – great!
A Trick of the Light follows fifteen-year-old Mike Welles, who is losing his sense of direction; then a voice in his head tries to guide him to become faster and stronger than he was before—to get rid of everything that holds him back.
Like the author, I never knew boys could get eating disorders. It is described as a “girl’s disease,” but the males with eating disorders are understudied, as I found out in the Author’s Note. In this book, I learnt that 10 million people in the United States have an eating disorder, but about 10 percent—which is about 1 million—of those are male.
I found the choice of narrator interesting. Rather than the narrator being Mike, Lois Metzger decided to narrate from the point of view of Mike’s eating disorder, which is a nagging presence in his head. It knows Mike better than he knows himself. It even thinks it has Mike’s best interests at heart. I found this voice creepy and unsettling at times.
This is one of the most intriguing, original, and insightful books I have ever read. You don’t read about males with eating disorders every day. It is a short (190-page) and complex book. I am glad to have found it, and I can tell you that it is a much recommended read.