Nothing feels better than being told that one looks good, that one is liked by others. But what happens when the other’s judgement is the only thing that matters?
With harsh humor and sore seriousness, Linnéa Myhre describes a young life in 2014, the time of likes and looks, where being seen is more important than being heard. In twenty-something letters, to friends, family, editors and corporations, she describes the experience of constantly being reminded of eating right, staying slim, working out, being healthy. «I dread having children», she writes.
Through the letters, another story emerges. For Linnéa has lived with an eating disorder since the age of fifteen, and in 2012 her body was close to collapsing. it has been two years. How does one piece together your life again, after being so close to losing it all?
Dearest is a novel about taking and losing control, about eating in restaurants, about composing your own suicide letter, about cooking tacos, about getting a boyfriend and about letting in and being heard. And eventually, about being able to look at yourself with your own eyes.