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Zoe Letting Go

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“When the truth about her past is disclosed…the effect works like gangbusters.”
–New York Times Book Review

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...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published June 14th 2012 by Razorbill (first published June 1st 2012)
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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...more
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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
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...more
Ms. Yingling
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 weigh...more
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...more
*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...more
Miharu Rokujou
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...more
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 d...more
BAYA Librarian
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 pare...more
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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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...more
I have to say that this one was unexpected..I don't want to ruin what was so unexpected for other people who haven't read it yet..but let me say I thought Zoe's friend, that whole part of the story would turn out to be very different from what it was revealed to be.

I didn't expect this to be such an " issues" book. Honestly I expected more of a psych thriller. Although I can't say I wasn't glued to the pages and Twin Birch where Zoe finds herself for the summer was intriguing and kmd of mysteri...more
Paula  Phillips
Im not too sure why as I have never suffered a mental illness , but it could be stemmed from the fact that my Dad works in this area but when it comes to Edgy Content I just love reading tales of Mental Health , Drugs and Alcohol but more preferably the category of the different mental health issues and disorders.
In Zoe Letting Go , we meet Zoe whom has been taken to the Twin Oaks Institute for girls . At this institute, they cater to six girls all with different forms of eating disorders. At f...more
E. Anderson
Zoe doesn't know why she's at Twin Birch. Her mother woke her up one morning and drove her here. The place isn't like a hospital -- not like most of them, anyway. It's a fancy house with dorms and cooking classes and supervised eating. That's the hardest part.

Still, Zoe doesn't know why she's there. She keeps writing letters to her best friend, Elise. Elise doesn't ever answer, but Zoe knows there must be a good reason -- a last minute vacation or a busy summer or something. Meanwhile, Zoe is le...more
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 explain...more
As many of you know, I love reading books with eating disorders. I'm not sure why. I always thought it was fascinating trying to figure out how those girls thought and what really made them tick, and then it got personal when a good friend of mine struggled with anorexia. I kept reading these books to try to understand why my bright and vibrant friend, who I'd always thought was gorgeous, thought she needed to turn into a tiny shell of herself. I still haven't found an answer. Fortunately, she'...more
This book is haunting. It begins as we meet Zoe, who is being whisked away by her mother and put into an institution that she knows nothing about. Aside from her anger towards her mother, she is also depressed and worried that her best friend, Elise, will wonder where she went or what has happened. The mysterious facility, it happens, is an anorexia clinic. Zoe is quite confused as to why she is here; she seems healthier than any of the girls here, and often tends to find fault with everyone she...more
I've read a fair share of YA 'issue' books in the past, but Zoe Letting Go is the first one I've read that deals directly with eating disorders. And unlike many issues books, eating disorders is something we can all probably relate to a little - that voice inside our heads that tells us we really shouldn't have that second piece of cake, a crash diet before we go on holidays to look better in a swimsuit - food, unfortunately, can have a pretty big grip on our lives at one time or another.

Zoe Let...more
From the very first chapter I thought I knew everything. It was so obvious that Zoe had a split personality; many of the memories or thoughts she had about her and Elise was just too weird and close to not be the same person. Well, I was wrong. They were two separate people only extremely close, and a few years back they both started a diet together. It escalated to an eating disorder, for both of them I think, but Zoe never really omitted that she had one, but she for sure had several related s...more
Aug 14, 2012 Tasha rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: teen
Zoe has been placed at a treatment facility by her mother. At Twin Birch, each of the six patients arrives on a different day, staggered so that they can have a personal intake. When Zoe arrives, she has no idea why she is there. It just gets more confusing as she meets the other girls who are patients too. They are all skeletal and obviously suffering from anorexia, but Zoe is not like them. She has never stopped eating, she is larger than all of them, and her body doesn’t shiver after eating l...more
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This is one of those books where I was immediately drawn in by the cover. I know it’s quite a simple cover but something about it makes it look all mysterious and whatnot and I can’t avoid a good mysterious book.

Before I actually started this book I knew very little about it- I knew that it had something to do with mental illness in some way and a possibly toxic friendship. I wasn’t quite expecting what this turned into. The blurb I h...more
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 pare...more
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...more
As I said in my Waiting on Wednesday post about Zoe Letting Go, I love books written in letter and/or journal form. It just adds something extra personal to the story to not only see things from the main character’s point of view, but to read everything in her own words as well. Zoe Letting Go managed to keep the story flowing between the letters and journal entries, and by the end of the story I felt so close to Zoe that I didn’t want to leave her after reading the last page.

The story starts wh...more
Ironically, (and I don't mean to sound insensitive here), this book made me hungry. I say it is ironic, because the center of this book is a girl named Zoe, who is sent to an exclusive boarding house/rehabilitation center for girls with anorexia. The book was so focused on food, and so detailed in the sights, smells, ingredients, and preparation of the food, that it just made me hungry. At one point the characters are eating kale chips, which I recently discovered and immediately fell in love wi...more
Kendra Johnson
Have you been through a personal conflict? One that seemed impossible to fight against,
or one that was completely oblivious to you? Zoe is in a situation that seems completly
irrelevant to her. She doesnt understand what shes going through. After trying over
and over again she comes up with answers that blow her off of her feet. Zoe letting go by
Nora Price, is a kind of Realistic Fiction book that takes you through a teenagers, what it
seems, real life expeirance with an eating disorder. This b...more
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Six o'clock in the morning, Zoe wakes to her mother yelling at her to get packed, enough clothes for 6 weeks, and as the book starts, that's all the warning Zoe has as her mother drives her to, and drops her off at Twin Birch, an institution for troubled teen girls.
Frankly Zoe's confused about why she's there, she can see all these other girls have a problem with food, but she just controls what she eats, she doesn't have an eating problem, she's just careful what she eats, or so she says. Her i...more
Zoe Letting Go is a delightful book written by Nora Price. This story takes place in an institution for anorexic girls. The main character is Zoe, who finds herself at Twin Birch, an institution for her because her mother thinks she is on an unhealthy diet. The workers force the small group of girls there to eat voluminous portions of food. Elise, Zoe’s best friend, also had a little unhealthy diet herself, but her mother didn’t stick her at Twin Birch, this puzzles Zoe. The counselor allowed Z...more
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I'm a writer living in Brooklyn. My debut YA novel is "Zoe Letting Go", published by Razorbill in June 2012.

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