Meg Haston. HarperTeen, $17.99 (304p) ISBN 978-0-06-233574-6
Books about teenagers with eating disorders are numerous (as are teens with eating disorders); Haston’s contribution to the genre stands out for the complexity of its characters and for small, telling details that demonstrate just how difficult recovery can be. Seventeen-year-old Stevie has been restricting her eating since her mother deserted the family; Stevie’s father is in no shape to challenge her, and though her brother, Josh, tries to reach out, Stevie ignores him. Then Josh dies in an accident that Stevie believes is her fault. When her father finally sends her to rehab, a furious Stevie takes comfort in the red bracelet that marks her non-compliance. Haston (the How to Rock series) expertly renders Stevie’s scorn and suspicion, and it’s tempting to root for her badass defiance—except that it will kill her. As Stevie slowly comes to trust her therapist and care about the roommate she initially dismissed as chubby, readers will instead look for her to give up the illusion of control and find a way to accept the weight of her past and face the idea of a future. Ages 14–up. Agency: Alloy Entertainment. (July)
Reviewed on: 05/04/2015
Release date: 07/07/2015
Genre: Children's
Downloadable Audio - 978-0-06-239820-8
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