Dell is relentlessly teased about her weight, and she’s devastated when a tender moment with her long-time crush turns violent. Distraught and isolated after the attack, Dell’s depression—and life—spins out of control.
Finding that food no longer eases her pain, Dell turns to her mother’s prescription pain pills. But what starts as a quick fix rapidly escalates. How far will Dell go to make the loneliness, the self-loathing, the heartbreak, the shame, and the name-calling stop?
"Like Walton’s debut novel, Cracked (2012), Empty wades fearlessly into the desperate inner lives of abused teens. Readers will feel Dell’s pain acutely in this emotionally wrenching novel."
“Dell is a well-drawn character, and her loneliness and hurt are palpable. Teens will be sucked into her downward spiral and will start to wonder if her situation is ever going to get better. Empty will hit home hard with teens who have been or are being tormented and should shed some light on how painful and destructive bullying is to its victims.”
-SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"A cautionary tale about merciless bullying . . . . Portrayals may let readers (bullied, bully or observer) slot themselves in where appropriate and heed this red flag."
"Walton writes books that matter. She writes with the intent of saving lives. Words are weapons-- but as Walton has deftly illustrated in Empty-- they are also hope."
-Kim Sabatini, author of Touching the Surface
"K.M. Walton's Empty is riveting, compelling, and brutally honest. Walton has crafted a very brave novel that draws readers not only into the complexities of a discarded teen's troubled world, but also toward the inevitable questions we must ask ourselves -- the questions EMPTY dares to explore."
-Andrew Smith author of Grasshopper Jungle, Winger, Stick
"Empty is a brave book written by a brave writer—relentless, unblinking, harrowing."
-Beth Kephart author of Small Damages & You Are My Only