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A girl's letters to her best friend reveal two lives derailed by anorexia in this haunting debut that's Laurie Halse Anderson's Wintergirls meets The Sixth Sense.

Zoe knows she doesn’t belong in a hospital—so why is she in one?

Twin Birch isn’t just any hospital. It’s a strange mansion populated by unnerving staff and glassy-eyed patients. It’s a place for girls with serious
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Hardcover, 279 pages
Published June 14th 2012 by Razorbill
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Bark's Book Nonsense
Jul 13, 2016 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it it was ok
Shelves: food-issues
I don’t know where I got this one or where I even heard about it but it is highly likely that I was suckered in by the blurb. Stick “haunting” in your cover copy and this sucker is likely to buy it.

A girl's letters to her best friend reveal two lives derailed by anorexia in this haunting debut.

Zoe knows she doesn’t belong in a hospital—so why is she in one?


Maybe I’ve read too many books or maybe I’ve developed a super smart brain in my old age (hey, it could happen) but I think I know how the
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Shannel
May 25, 2012 Shannel rated it it was amazing
I won this advanced copy from Good Reads.

I’m not sure how I want to compile my thoughts for this book. There was such a presence of underlying sadness that just resonated with me.

Zoe finds herself at Twin Birch, a secluded home for girls battling issues. She’s told she’s finally somewhere that can help her, but the problem is, she doesn’t think she needs help.

Forced into treatment for anorexia, Zoe uses all of her energy to find out why she’s really at Twin Birch. Coping with her separation from
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Rachel
Nov 09, 2012 Rachel rated it liked it
First off, I personally think that the description written for this book is a bit misleading and overdramatic. The reason I had originally picked this book up was it’s comparison to Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson, which is one of my favorite books. In general, I think comparisons to very popular works of literature are risky, because they create very high expectations. That was exactly the case for me when I sat down with this book. I don’t I’ve ever read something as beautifully haunting ...more
Stephanie
Dec 26, 2013 Stephanie rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
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InkBitten
Aug 26, 2012 InkBitten rated it liked it
Shelves: sarah
Judged by Cover: Subtlety is Key

First, let's take the time to give the cover designer a round of applause for NOT chopping of the poor model's body. Good job!
For a quick glance, the cover might not appear that extraordinary. In fact, it may even get you to start worrying that it's time for yet another appointment to the optometrist. At a second glance, though, the cover makes you think of a photograph that someone crumpled up and threw away. Any design with that much though but not shoving it i
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Monique
Dec 29, 2013 Monique rated it it was amazing
Talk about a book that hits home. As a sufferer of anorexia at the same age as Zoe, I found this book relatable and truthful. I can only assume that Nora Price has also suffered through the hardships of anorexia , as I assume only a sufferer can understand the complexity of anorexia and the control over your life. My initial thoughts about Elise were that she was the "other" Zoe- meaning a created person to distinguish the eating disorder from Zoe herself. A very therapeutic approach to eating ...more
Jesten
Aug 29, 2016 Jesten rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hate to give out ratings under three stars, so this book gets a 3 and a :(. I felt like it was slow and somewhat confusing at times, though it was good at others. I'm very torn.
Renae
This book is an ambitious debut novel that takes a very different approach to eating disorders and recovery from anorexia. The novel’s titular protagonist, is sent to a rehab center but doesn’t know why—she’s so very different from the other girls, she doesn’t fit in, she’s not a freak like them, etc., etc. Most of Zoe Letting Go relies on mystery and, at times, it reads something like a psychological thriller, which may or may not have been a good stylistic decision, but definitely made this ...more
Cuddleweather
*not a native english speaker

I started this book thinking it was something else. I don't know where I was thinking reading the plot but reading it I saw that this was about girls with eating disorders but I didn't stop there. I like this kind of books. I don't read them very often because they are depresing on some levels.

The book is part Zoes journal , part Zoes letters to her best friend Elise. What was weird was the fact that Zoe describing her life showed signs of anorexia all over the plac
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Miharu Rokujou
Apr 15, 2013 Miharu Rokujou rated it it was ok
Shelves: eating-disorders
I wanted to read this book because the description on Goodreads made it sound incredibly interesting to me, seeing as I've read the books that this site related it to. I was highly disappointed, however, because it didn't appear to be anything like those other books I actually did enjoy.

I was bored from the beginning and considered dropping the book about half way through. It got slightly more interesting after the half way point, but it certainly felt like it was dragging on and nothing was rea
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Ms. Yingling
Jun 18, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
Zoe is not at all pleased when her mother wakes her up, all but throws her in the car, and dumps her at Twin Birch. It's not a hospital, it's not a jail, but the six girls who are there have very strict rules they need to follow, especially when it comes to food and "sharing" with the other patients. Zoe doesn't need to be at Twin Birch; she tries not to fight against the counselors when she has to do therapy sessions, she eats what she is supposed to even though she can tell she's gaining ...more
Sally
This is one of those books that just gets right down deep inside you. It's simply amazing, so heartbreaking and wonderful, and easily one of my 'favourite' books of the year.

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Marnie
Dec 13, 2015 Marnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
I couldn't put this down until I finished reading it. A very well written book about a girl struggling with an eating disorder, but yet she is blind to what led her to a treatment center, because while she has an eating disorder she doesn't quite look like the others. This book is very real out there in today society.
Kibbenza
Jul 06, 2013 Kibbenza rated it it was ok
Zoe Letting Go starts off with the protagonist (Zoe, duh) being dropped off at a treatment center for girls with anorexia. There are only five other patients, and they're all quiet and basically wasting away. Zoe can't figure out why she's been sent here. She's not frail like them, she's never tried to harm herself. Why has her mother sent her here for six weeks during the summer?

To pass time, and to help sort her thoughts, she journals and writes letters to her best friend Elise. She sees a th
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Juhina
Feb 10, 2015 Juhina rated it really liked it
3.5/5 stars

Zoe Letting Go is definitely in a genre I don't usual venture into and that is the realistic contemporary. Also, this novel centers around a girl with an eating disorder which is the type of novel Farah loves. Therefore I had some restraint when I picked this novel up. However this novel was such a different adventure. Also the main protagonist was so likable. However till the end you don't really understand exactly what is the real problem with Zoe. However that was what kept me flip
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BAYA Librarian
Sep 15, 2012 BAYA Librarian rated it liked it
Debut author Nora Price has contributed a new Young Adult book to the catalog of eating disorder books, following a teen girl’s institutionalization into an anorexia clinic, through lessening stages of denial, to recovery. Zoe, 16, finds herself en route through rural Massachusetts, away from her home in Brooklyn, being driven somewhere, for some reason she can’t deduce. Zoe wonders what she did to provoke her mother into making her pack and leave home. She can’t recall what brought on this ...more
LeFaBook
Mar 19, 2014 LeFaBook rated it it was amazing
Inhalt:

Die Wahrheit liegt in der Vergangenheit

Ohne Vorwarnung wird die 16-jährige Zoe von ihrer Mutter in eine Einrichtung namens »Twin Birch« verfrachtet. Was soll sie hier zwischen all den dürren, kranken Mädchen? Ihr einziger Halt sind die Briefe, die sie an ihre beste Freundin Elise schreibt. Doch Elise antwortet nicht. Nie. Nur langsam erkennt Zoe, dass der Grund für ihren Aufenthalt in »Twin Birch« in ihrer Vergangenheit liegt, bei Elise. Erst als sie die tragische Wahrheit akzeptiert, gel
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Rebecca
Aug 25, 2012 Rebecca rated it liked it
Shelves: tough-issues
Debut author Nora Price has contributed a new Young Adult book to the catalog of eating disorder books, following a teen girl’s institutionalization into an anorexia clinic, through lessening stages of denial, to recovery. Zoe, 16, finds herself en route through rural Massachusetts, away from her home in Brooklyn, being driven somewhere, for some reason she can’t deduce. Zoe wonders what she did to provoke her mother into making her pack and leave home. She can’t recall what brought on this ...more
Jay G
Jul 04, 2016 Jay G rated it it was ok
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2.5 Stars

One day, Zoe is woken by her Mom urgently saying that she needs to get her things ready as quickly as possible. Zoe soon discovers that she is being driven to a recovery centre for girls with anorexia, the only thing is, Zoe doesn't think she has anorexia so she doesn't know why she is being sent here. She is left with the head mistress, a therapist, a counsellor and 5 stick th
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Beka
Aug 26, 2013 Beka rated it really liked it
3.75 stars. I really liked this book. I'm tempted to give this book 4 stars but I didn't have the burning desire to get through this book like I have with others. I was motivated to get through it fairly quickly though. The beginning bothered me because Zoe had no idea she was going to an institution until her mother dropped her off there and then no idea why she was there. I thought that was a little dramatic... but then it started to pull together as she continued to write in her journal and ...more
Rhonda
Dec 05, 2015 Rhonda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
At first the story was really slow getting started and I was beginning to think I needed to lay off the teen-emo books for a while but...right before the end the story started picking up and then the end...~WOW~~ I did not see it coming.

Once I finished the book, I went back to skim the beginning to see all of the hints and clues I missed to start with.

I will def check out something else that Nora has written, she has piqued my interest.
Amanda
Nov 29, 2015 Amanda rated it liked it
Alright. I can't decide whether or not I liked this one. It did keep my interest, so I decided on 3 stars. I felt that there were a few plot holes, because there was simply some random things thrown into this story that didn't really add any depth to it. Like who was the thief? Maybe I missed the point. I don't know. And the ending? Well I predicted it from the very start.
Lisa
Sep 15, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
Very fast and easy read - a little confusing in parts but all your questions are answered in the end. Plus the ending gave me chills.
Kiara
Nov 28, 2016 Kiara rated it liked it
One of the main issues I had with this book was that I thought it was wrong to force anorexics, girls who are used to not eating, to eat an overly excessive amount of food. Like 6 pancakes for breakfast? That's ridiculous. Besides, its bad for people who havent been eating to all of a sudden eat alot of food at once. I think it would be better if they started them off on small meals and gradually increased in size until they were comfortable eating regualar sized portions.

I also felt like the re
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Ashley Mitchell
Jan 15, 2015 Ashley Mitchell rated it really liked it
This time around, I picked up the debut novel from Nora Price, entitled Zoe Letting Go. There’s some mystery involved, so won’t give too much away for those of you who want to pick it up (and I highly recommend you do), but its has all those elements that make a good book a great book. Mystery, intrigue, sisterhood, love, loss. The book stars protagonist Zoe, who is suddenly sent to this unnamed facility for girls for six weeks. She has no idea why she’s there, and is completely convinced her ...more
Keshia Burchette
Oct 07, 2016 Keshia Burchette rated it liked it
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Brina
May 27, 2014 Brina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Da ich Bücher über Krankheiten in Verbindungen mit Therapien schon immer sehr interessant fand, konnte ich an "Heute will ich leben" nicht vorbei gehen. Ich habe mir von dem Buch einiges versprochen, weil die Kurzbeschreibung sehr vielversprechend klang, doch am Ende war ich sehr enttäuscht und es grenzt schon fast an ein Wunder, dass ich dieses Buch überhaupt beendet habe.

An sich hatte die Autorin sogar einige recht gute Ideen und hat die Themen Magersucht, Therapiemöglichkeiten, etc. gut reche
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Kimmy
Oct 13, 2012 Kimmy rated it really liked it
I borrowed this from the library, and when I went to the Kobo store to check out it’s summary for this post, I saw that it costs $11.99 to buy. Boy, I am saving so much money by borrowing books from the library instead of purchasing every book I read!! I am so thankful for my library card! Anyway, here is the Kobo store’s summary:

A girl’s letters to her best friend reveal two lives derailed by anorexia in this haunting debut that’s Wintergirls meets The Sixth Sense. [...] no matter what the bro
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Rachel
Aug 21, 2015 Rachel rated it liked it
First off, I personally think that the description written for this book is a bit misleading and overdramatic. The reason I had originally picked this book up was it’s comparison to Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson, which is one of my favorite books. In general, I think comparisons to very popular works of literature are risky, because they create very high expectations. That was exactly the case for me when I sat down with this book. I don’t I’ve ever read something as beautifully haunting ...more
Sandy
Oct 18, 2012 Sandy rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, ya
Sixteen-year old, Zoe gets packed up and shipped off to Twin Birch, a six week program for anorexia girls. But Zoe doesn’t believe she fits the profile and soon finds out that the other patients agree. So why exactly is she there? With no contact with the outside world Zoe has to try to piece this puzzle together surrounded by individuals that she believes she has nothing in common with. So Zoe starts to write letters back home to her best friend Elise. These letters go into great detail ...more
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