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Reviews by Tag: eating disorders

Teen Review
Elena Vanishing by Elena Dunkle
Elena Dunkle
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Thursday, Jul 23, 2015

Elena has been struggling since a young age, shutting people out and retreating into herself. By 17, she is diagnosed with anorexia and is continually in and out of treatment centers. This is about her journey, the ups and the downs of her eating disorder.

This was an incredible retelling of what Elena went through from her teen years into her adult years. The amount of emotion in this book was stunning and I felt myself brought to tears in several places. Elena was a strong person for finding a way to get out of the strong grip anorexia had on her, and though it took her a long...

Staff Review
Cover of A Trick of the Light
Lois Metzger
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Friday, Oct 11, 2013

This was a very engaging, interesting read. I especially appreciated the unusual point of view; this story was narrated by the disease itself. At first, the narrator was mildly suggestive: eat this, not that; run just a little further. As the anorexia began taking over, it became more and more demanding and controlling until it directed every aspect of 15 year old Mike's life. When he tried to make a decision that did not further the purposes of the disease, the anorexia talked to him, tricked him into believing that another choice was better.