"And Then There Was Me", by Sadeqa Johnson, is a unique book. It focuses so much on the main character's eating disorder that the actual storyline takes a definite backseat. I enjoyed reading about Bea. The story delves into her childhood and almost pinpoints when food because more than sustenance. As a mother I wanted to grab her up, hug her and spend time with her. Things seemed to get better as she got older, but flashbacks showed that not to be true. An overbearing cheat of a husband and the usual parental stress make it hard for Bea to give up her eating disorder. I loved the addition of Awilda as her best friend, until I didn't love Awilda. I found so many instances when I wanted to jump in and tell Bea what to do! As in life, each person must make his or her own decisions. This is an interesting story and so much more than one would initially think. I believe anyone with an eating disorder would appreciate reading how another person's mind works. It is good to find out you aren't the only one. Kudos to you, Sadeqa Johnson, for keeping reality in your fiction.
Bea and Awilda have been best friends from the moment Awilda threw her fourteen year-old self across Bea’s twin-sized bed as if they had known each other forever. Bubbly, adventurous Awilda taught sheltered, shy Bea how to dress, wear her hair and what to do with boys. She even introduced Bea to her husband, Lonnie, in college, who pledged to take good care of her for the rest of their lives. But philanderer Lonnie breaks that promise over and over again, leaving Bea to wrestle with her self-esteem and long time secret addiction.
Recently Lonnie has plopped the family in a New Jersey upper class suburb, which lacks the diversity that Bea craves but has the school district and zip code envy that Lonnie wants. The demands of carrying a third child and fitting into this new environment while pretending that her husband is not cheating on her again, is more than she can handle. And just when she thinks things can’t get any worst, the ultimate deception snaps the little thread that was holding her life together and all comes tumbling down.
Sadeqa Johnson's And Then There Was Me is the story of love and friendship, heartache and betrayal. It’s the journey of a woman stripped down to her lowest point and needing to find the will to press on.