A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The book takes an insider's look at what it means to have an eating disorder. This may help readers recognize the warning signs of this disease.
The struggles and hardships of eating disorders will leave an impact on readers.
Positive Role Models
Friends and parents of the main character tirelessly work to help Maddie face her illness.
Violence & Scariness
A girl dies from heart failure as a result of anorexia.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
SImple boy/girl relationships, one boy describes the kind of girl he likes saying he likes "curves." There are a few instances of innuendo.
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Only mild name calling like "stupid," "fat," and "mean."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teens drink beer at a party.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there is discussion of eating disorders, pro-eating disorder websites, and a girl dies from the disease.
Is It Any Good?
Readers will ache for Maddie as they see the horrific and dangerous path laid out in front of her. The author has done an excellent job in showing how easily thoughtless comments and good intentions can affect and destroy a teen's self-esteem. She also captures the emotion, struggle, and image distortion eating disorder sufferers face, as well as the anguish and helplessness those who love them endure.
As a conversation starter, THINANDBEAUTIFUL.COM is better for older tweens/young teens than the lauded and more mature Wintergirls. And with the added online angle, it will also get you talking about dangerous and influential websites.
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