My Eyes Are Up Here by Laura Zimmermann
My Eyes Are Up Here is a refreshing take on body image issues and the impact they have on a girl’s self-esteem. Fifteen-year-old Greer Walsh has always felt defined and limited by her large breasts. She hides behind oversized sweatshirts and does everything she can to avoid physical contact and attention. But between joining the volleyball team and finding a new community there, and befriending Jackson Oates, the new guy in school, Greer starts to come to terms with her sense of self and starts to see herself as more than just the size of her chest.
This is really a story about friendship and a girl learning to love herself for all her qualities. There is a bit of a love story, but I wouldn’t consider it to be the main plot of the story. I adored this story. It was so light and witty, yet incredibly powerful. I personally connected with this story, but for me, it was ballet instead of volleyball.
I highly recommend My Eyes Are Up Here! It was such an endearing story but was overall very light. I wouldn’t consider it highly mature YA and would be appropriate for younger YA readers, however, I don’t feel as though you have to be a younger reader to enjoy it, given that I’m an adult and I loved it!
Thank you to Penguin Teen and Netgalley for the review copy! All opinions are my own.