Review: What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard

What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard

What I Lost is so well done. It’s the story of Elizabeth and her anorexia, which has landed her in rehab. Alexandra Ballard does a great job of explaining anorexia as an illness. I had a friend who struggled with anorexia in high school, and so many of the behaviors included in this book brought that experience back for me. When Elizabeth enters treatment, she is determined to get out as quickly as she can, so she can get right back to her old eating habits. But over time she has experiences and meets friends that help her realize that she is not healthy. There […]

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Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Before reading this book I listened to an episode of 88 Cups of Tea where Yin Chang interviewed Angie Thomas about The Hate U Give. Angie made some comments about writing diverse books that kind of rubbed me the wrong way, but I read this book anyway because it was a book club pick. I am so glad I did. And now I completely understand what Angie was trying to say. Writing diverse books is about so much more than just making a character have brown skin. It’s about telling real stories about what happens to people who live lives very different from the one I […]

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Review: Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

Based on that description, I thought this book would be funny. I was expecting a girl who was given a second chance at life having to make amends with those she’d hurt after telling the truth or playing some pranks when she thought she was going to die. I did not expect a girl who seems upset by the prospect of not dying. The book is told in “Now” and “Then” type fashion, so when Alice goes into remission, you don’t know what she’s done, so it was slightly realistic that she was unhappy about her continued state of being. (Although nothing would make me […]

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Review: The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

I selected this book off of my “to read” list because it was about running. I’ve recently started an exercise routine, and I thought it might help motivate me to run if I was listening to a book about an amputee while I was running. I’m not really sure it worked, but I did really enjoy the book. Van Draanen did a great job of putting the reader inside the head of a teenage in tragedy. Jessica’s voice was terrific, and her reaction to her situation seemed realistic. She is completely down on life, wishing she’d died because she thinks she’ll never run again. But […]

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