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.
This harrowing cautionary tale (in the vein of 2012 s Lucy in the Sky) demonstrates the inability of family and friends to rescue a loved one from the disease that has become her best friend, as an athletic high school sophomore with a healthy attitude toward food is gradually overtaken by anorexia. Ana narrates in diary form (ironically begun as a food journal assigned by the track coach to ensure adequate caloric intake), and each entry begins with her current weight. Her parents breakup, which Ana attributes to her mother s inability to maintain her figure, becomes a catalyst for her determination to take control. Encouraged by her friend Jill s desire for dieting company and Jill s picture-perfect but almost diabolical mother, who buys them clothing in too-small sizes and says things like, Nothing tastes as good as thin feels, Ana records her increasingly distorted perceptions about her body, friends, parents, and self-worth. This story provides disturbing insight into the online world of thinspiration (anorexics encouraging each other), the limited health care resources available to treat this illness, and the mortal risk of those afflicted. Ages 14 up.
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Letting Ana Go
Anorexia today is portrayed as a horrible disease that girls have and use to get attention. But that is not the whole truth nor a fact. In this book I was looking for a real outlook on anorexia and I found. Some will disagree because of detail or facts they found. But I disagree with them. In this book they said that she craved not eating to achieve perfection for a guy, a guy who saw her as a beautiful girl before losing the weight, but because of the society she did not see that. She was influenced by the closest one around her to become a model like figure for a guy. I can say I have felt that way to agree, I can relate. I have seen guys date girls who a size 000 and not give me a second look even though I'm a size 2. I know that it's my mind messing with me but that's what happens in the book. That's what some are going through right now. Also, anorexia in this diary is said to be a mental state a mind and I would like to agree with that and say that you can not graph a state if mind ever. Saying that anorexia is considered eating only 900 calories is also false because in this book if you read carefully she burned off more than she took in. If want a good outlook on the society and being and how gross it is this book is definitely for you.
From a Recovering Ana
This book is so poignant. It shows that anorexia is a journey and if you aren’t careful, it will drag you into the depths and you may never come back. So sobering.
From an actual viewpoint
As a recovering anorexic with self harming/obsessive compulsive tendencies, I have to say this book isn't very accurate. I'll admit it's an accurate account of maybe the BEGINNING of a developing eating disorder. However, aside from that it's clear that the writer doesn't have much experience with the topic. Otherwise it was a great read.