Letting Ana Go

Letting Ana Go

Paperback - 2013
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In the tradition of Go Ask Alice and Lucy in the Sky , a harrowing account of anorexia and addiction.

She was a good girl from a good family, with everything she could want or need. But below the surface, she felt like she could never be good enough. Like she could never live up to the expectations that surrounded her. Like she couldn't do anything to make a change.

But there was one thing she could control completely: how much she ate. The less she ate, the better--stronger--she felt.

But it's a dangerous game, and there is such a thing as going too far...

Her innermost thoughts and feelings are chronicled in the diary she left behind.
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2013
ISBN: 9781442472136
1442472138

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PimaLib_JusdinaNB Mar 19, 2016

This book is a very real look at the way in which anorexia can infiltrate a life. You will watch as the disease spreads and covers all aspects of Ana's life despite the love that surrounds her. There is a glimpse into the problems with insurance companies and how tricky it can be to navigate the recovery of a mental illness. Even though this is a quick read that you will have a hard time putting down, it will not be easy to get through.

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withthebutterflies
Jan 14, 2016

This book touches on a harder topic: anorexia.

I read lots of mixed reviews about this book. Lots of people said they didn't like it, it wasn't an accurate interpretation of an eating disorder, it is triggering, the author lied and made it up... etc.

I will review it for was it is: a work of literature, whether fiction or an actual memoir.

The girl in this story starts out perfectly healthy. She is an athlete and eats properly, and her life is normal. The only thing she is dealing with is her new crush on her best friend's brother and her parents impending divorce.

Soon into the book, she starts picking up on her best friend's strange eating habits. Determined to maintain control in her life, she starts joining her friend in unhealthy eating habits.

The book, modeled after a diary, can be hard to read sometimes. It hit pretty close to home, and I would NOT recommend it to anyone who is personally affected by an eating disorder. I have been living pretty healthily since high school, but the imagery and manic thoughts portrayed in the diary are definitely triggering, and not healthy for anyone who struggles with self image to read.

KC Rating: 4/5

With the warnings I have given, the book is not a bad one. It is just sad, depressing, and ultimately unhealthy. I recommend anyone with serious questions or concerns to read a NON-fiction book or to consult a doctor or councilor. The book is pretty heartbreaking, and in the final pages I received the kind of chills down my spine that I don't think I will ever be able to un-feel.

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alvarez01
Aug 03, 2015

What a very great book. Its AMAZING!!!!!!

Bscianno Jul 14, 2014

any books by this author is worth taking the time to read, I literally read this in about a day it captivated my attention just as much as "go ask alice"

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sunflowerrr
Dec 17, 2013

Surprisingly good since I really did not like Go Ask Alice. This is the only ED book I have read that hasn't been triggering! I also really liked the romance aspect of it.

Cynthia_N Dec 09, 2013

I thought meh. My teen daughter however finished in one sitting and thought it was fantastic!

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alvarez01
Aug 03, 2015

This suspenseful, compelling book is a must read. Ana goes through the trouble of dealing with Anorexia. At first it wasnt to bad but when her friend convinces her to eat A LOT less calories per day and the "stress" of being skinny for her new boyfriend have caused her to lose a dangerous amount of pounds. Which in the end turns deadly

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robinbrar123
Jun 21, 2015

Very plot twisted story and interesting

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