February is Eating Disorder Awareness Month and this week is Eating Disorder Awareness Week. See the National Eating Disorders Association. There are a few books about eating disorders on my list about ballet, notably A Dance of Sisters.
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson. Lia struggles with anorexia. Her attempts at recovery are made more impossible by the fact her best friend recently died and Lia thinks she could have saved her.
Inside Out: Portrait of an Eating Disorder by Nadia Shivack. When she was in in-patient treatment for bulimia, Shivack would draw her emotions on napkins in order to keep herself from purging. Collecting these drawings with others, Shivack offers a raw memoir about her and food.
Purge by Sarah Littman. When her eating disorder is discovered, Janie attempts suicide, which lands her at an in-patient treatment center where she and the other patients try to find the way forward.
Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia by Marya Hornbacher. Hornbacher developed her first eating disorder in 4th grade. In college, she was down to 52 pounds and given a week to live. Although in recovery at the time, there is little distance to the events described, as Hornbacher was only 23 when she wrote this. Published for adults, due to Hornbacher's age during the book this has high teen appeal.
Perfect by Ellen Hopkins. This verse novel follows four friends and their attempts to be perfect, and how far they're willing to go to get there. Read it with Impulse, the story of the 5th teen, whose attempts have already landed him in the hospital.
Skinny by Ibi Kaslik. Told in alternating voices, Skinny follows two sisters-- Giselle, a med student, and Holly, who is still in high school. Giselle is self-destructing and wasting away from anorexia as Holly watches, struggling to understand and help.
Never Enough by Denise Jaden. Claire is the pretty, popular sister, a position that Loann has always coveted. But, when Loann gets the chance to enter Claire's world, she sees the price her sister has to pay to stay on top, a price that might just kill her.
The Stone Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel. Sethie is driven and controlled. It is this focus and willpower that gives her perfect grades and it will give her the body she wants, but she will never be thin enough. The numbers on the scale will never be low enough to truly get there.
Purge: Rehab Diaries by Nichole Johns. Johns suffers from EDNOS (Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified.) It's given her health issues she may never be free of. And, when she finally goes into treatment, she struggles with the fact she's the biggest person there. Interspersed with documents from her time in rehab (including the bill) Johns gives an unflinching and hard look at her struggles.
What other books to you recommend that look at eating disorders?
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