Book review by Debra Bogart, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Disturbing, lauded eating disorder read; discuss with teens.

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 35 reviews

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age 18+

Mixed feelings.

I'm 19, but I read this book for the first time at 16 when my eating disorder was first starting to develop. A few said this scared them into recovery, it did the opposite for me. I wanted to weigh as much as Lia did, I did all the things she did to lose weight. The ending didn't make me want to get better. I've seen a ton of people say this should be read by children to educate/scare them, but I disagree. It could very easily backfire. Aside from the triggering aspect, it was well written and I did relate to Lia. The story really hooked me in. I'm sure this book may help some people who are struggling, but I wouldn't suggest it to all.

This title has:

Educational value
Too much violence
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age 18+

A how to guide

Eating disorders thrive on competitiveness, and this book enables that. It is a how to guide on how to become thin, and methods to accomplish that. It goes into detail about the ways the girls would be thin or lose weight. I remember reading this when I was about 12 or 13, and it caused me so much harm, and I’m sure it has to others. It is unnecessary, and should be only read my mature adults, but even then it can inspire and really hurt those struggling with an ED. Overall, this book definitely does more harm than good.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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