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Letting Ana Go

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  2,086 ratings  ·  295 reviews
In the tradition of Go Ask Alice and Lucy in the Sky, a harrowing account of anorexia and addiction.

She was a good girl from a good family, with everything she could want or need. But below the surface, she felt like she could never be good enough. Like she could never live up to the expectations that surrounded her. Like she couldn’t do anything to make a change.

But there...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Simon Pulse (first published May 7th 2013)
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Nancy
Jul 09, 2013 Nancy rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I really wanted to read this book, because I’ve heard amazing things of the other books written by this “Anonymous” person. They’re all basically a series of stand-alone books dealing with different issues. Letting Ana Go dealt with Anorexia. I thought that it was a very powerful and moving book. I loved every minute of it.

What I found to be the most interesting thing about this book was that it takes you through the whole process of how the unnamed main character developed her disorder. Letting...more
Kearstin Norman
To be honest with you id be careful allowing teen girls to read this one. Reading through this book about how she cut to 1000 calories a day and loosing weight in astounding progress is intriguing. Being a teen girl my self, like everyone else i have insecurities of my own body so reading this book made me think i could do that then stop before it goes to far (even though like in the book it could never go to far). This book could be an influence on other girls to try it. Even knowing the outcom...more
Amanda Johnson
Letting Ana Go is a book in the form of a diary that follows an unnamed teenage girl as she goes from a healthy athlete to someone in a desperate battle with anorexia. It is almost entirely in first-person, written as entries of the protagonist's diary that she received at the beginning of the book.

This was a refreshing format as most books I read and write follow the same formatting, and I was surprised at how well it worked. Letting Ana Go is brutally honest, allowing the reader an inside look...more
devyn Jewel
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Ashley Finnegan
I found this book on the pulse it website as a free read for the 31 days of Christmas. The only problem with that is you have to finish reading in the allowed time or.. well your just out of luck. I started this book two days ago and was 50% in before it just expired on me while I was in the middle of reading. I am a bit aggrevated over that but I knew if I didn't hurry that it was a possibility. Now I MUST buy this book to be able to finish it because it is that GOOD. I will update after I have...more
Mel
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Alana
So, I picked up this book without reading the synopsis, or the back cover!
Probably one of the more depressing books I've read this year. It was so sad. I couldn't put it down because I kept anticipating the end, but I DIDN'T KNOW IT ENDED LIKE THAT!

The fact that this book was written by 'Anonymous' and the main character remained anonymous just really hit it home that this is an issue many people go through. This book seemed so realistic, which just made it worse. I've read one other book that...more
Andrea Diaz


This book was amazing. It took me deeper into the world of anorexia. I know people who have suffered from eating disorders, myself being one of them, but never really knew what went through the mind of a person suffering with anorexia. Ana keeps a food diary given to her by her cross country coach and tracks her weight and the day's events. At the beginning, you see her weight stay within a 5 pound range, between 130 and 135, which is healthy for a girl of her height (5'7"). Through the story...more
Alexandra Bayer
She loved to run and was on her school's track team. She had a family and plenty of friends, and an eye on a nice boy. Everything was going well for her, until the day she had to start counting calories. Her coach wanted everyone to make sure they were getting the proper amount of calories, so she and her best friend, Jill, started watching together. Only problem was that Jill was a ballerina and wanted to slim down to get the part of Clara in The Nutcracker. Jill asked for support at the same...more
Delia
I have a love-hate relationship with this book.
The book is very well written and obviously composed by someone with first hand views of an eating disorder's effect. Though at times, the symptoms of the main character are like many other novels surrounding anorexia - textbook examples. This is where the book is slightly unrealistic. Not every patient displays every symptom known to EDs.
However, it remains that this book, especially when focusing on the family's reaction, is disturbingly accurate...more
Salma
Struggling myself with anorexia I couldn't find a more accurate book to put my thoughts together.

When I first picked this book , I didn't thought that the author would actually understand how a person with an eating disorder thinks . But honestly , once I started reading it , I completely related to Ana . Sometimes I felt like I was the one speaking , it could've been my diary . The author tries to show how easily our mind can trick us into thinking that among all the others we can stop wheneve...more
Stephanie Smith
Omg this story was just as amazing as go ask Alice. I read this in a span of five hours and was rooting for the main character the whole time. It's a very disturbing realistic view into anorexia and how it is a disease that affects girls every day. It made me feel good to be healthy. When I eat a cookie or a piece of cake I will not feel guilty about it.
Emily
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Sandy
“The only way I knew it was me I was looking at was when I saw the tears start to fall, and I felt them, hot and wet, trickling down my cheeks.”

Such is the life of Ana, slowing starving herself to death so she can be pretty, so she be faster, so she can fit into the clothes she desires yet she does not see the harm in her daily antics. Slowly cutting back on her daily calories, she’s slowing slipping away but for Ana she feels so much in control over her life. She has taken the reins of what sh...more
Nicole
To be honest I don't know where to start about this book. Just the fact that it was written by an anonymous authour just makes you so much more intrigued to read it. I myself have struggled with anorexia nervosa since the age of 11 and just seeing that what I felt and thought happens to a lot of people sure made me feel like I wasn't the odd one out. Unlike many things that revolve around the topic of anorexia, such as blog posts, this book was not triggering at all. If anything, it made me feel...more
Dana
This Book Takes You Into The Honestly True World of Ana
Although it starts off happy and perfect like almost every novel does it turns into a great devastating problem.


We meet Ana when she is almost ending school and her track-and-field coach gives her whole team a notebook to keep track of what they eat, how they feel, and they weight they loose. As time goes by her friend Jill finds this app that does the same thing as the journal, Ana then decided to use the app but she still want to write he...more
Van
This is my first ‘Anonymous’ book, having never read any of the other similar books published in the previous years (Go Ask Alice, Lucy in the Sky or Jay’s Journal). LETTING ANA GO is the diary of a 16-year-old girl chronicling how a simple task of keeping a food journal for track turned into an uncontrollable obsession to be thin. At the beginning of each journal entry Ana jots down her weight trying to retain the daily suggested 2,200 calories intake. As the story progresses, Ana’s best friend...more
Taylor Kathleen
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Savannah
I love this book. I got frustrated with the main character many times, but it was great. It made me laugh and cry, and I'm not sure about other people, but I really got to love the main character. ( I refer to her as Ana even though I know that's not her name) I really loved Go Ask Alice and enjoyed Lucy in the Sky, and this one is great too. This makes me feel the need to read Jays Journal ASAP. I think every teenage girl should read this because it really shows you how addictive eating disorde...more
Monica
The internal struggle anorexia causes has been captured in this simple straightforward story of Ana. Ana is a young teenage girl who finds she is only happy when she feels thin. Despite her family’s and friend’s concerns she pushes herself to a dangerous weight and bounces back several times before her actions hurt everyone she loves. Told through an intimate diary entry style, Letting Ana Go offers a chilling glimpse into the mind of someone struggling with a disease. Food is something we all m...more
Jody
Full disclosure: I only read this because I recently re-read Go Ask Alice and wanted to see if this could be as bad. Spoiler: Close, but not quite.

Aside from the middle-aged-woman-trying-to-sound-like-a-teen problem, there was the hey-I-read-a-magazine-article-on-anorexia-so-I'm-qualified-to-write-a-book-about-it issue. Bad. Just bad.

Also, it included enough detail to be triggering without having enough depth to be helpful.

Other minor notes: this is a lot more modern of a story than Go Ask Alice...more
Jacquline
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Amanda
This book scared the hell out of me. I read it in a day, wanting desperately to know what will happen to the anonymous diary girl as she spirals out of control. I read this while I ate lunch, and while I ate dinner. It made me want to be careful but I know it will affect others differently. Those who have an eating disorder or are recovering might find this "helpful" which is the most scary of all.

I read a review on tumblr that I think sums up my thoughts perfectly by http://books-movies-shows.t...more
Zena Abulfeilat
This book was absolutely heart breaking. When I started reading this book I truly believed I was in the right state of mind. The reason this book was so sad to me is because it was 100% realistic and has happened before. The worst part was as I continued to read I thought that this unnamed main character was on the path to recovery because she began to gain weight and enjoyed her life again. I had a new feeling of hope for the main character and was so heart broken over the end of this book.
I h...more
Veronica
This first-person journal-style book "tracks" the anorexic journey of a normal teen girl.

The narrator is a cross-country runner. Her coach has warned the team of eating disordered athletes and insists that all runners complete a food diary to ensure that they are eating sufficient calories to maintain their physical fitness. The narrator--I'll call her "Ana" though she remains unnamed throughout--does this. She's committed to her team and her success as a runner. Her BFF, Jill, is a ballerina. S...more
Maryam
I do not know what to think of this book, having just finished it a few minutes ago. I am still in shock a little bit on how it turned out.

The ending of the book fit the story, but at the same time it was not what I had hoped for and still came as a shock to me.

When we are teenagers, we suffer with a mindset of believing that nothing bad could ever happen to us. It is that kind of thinking that often gets us into a lot of trouble. The author put together the story so well. I did not even reali...more
Skylar
I couldn't put this book down. I have never related so well to a book as I did to this one. It was like my thoughts had been put on a page. Thankfully, I have never truly been down the twisting, turning and narrow paths of Anorexia, but I've been close in the past and know that if you don't pull yourself out of it, you'll tumble down, taking you like an avalanche. This book showed the harsh reality of weight and how it can pull your family apart at the seams. How you can distort your mind, how t...more
Ana Ivkov
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Jennifer Lee
Great book. I couldn't put it down and literally stayed up all night to finish reading it; something I haven't done in a while. As someone who struggled with ED (eating disorder) behaviors in the past, I could relate to much of the main character's self talk. Even though I am now twice her age and consider myself "recovered", I distinctly remember having those thoughts and feelings as a teenager so the book was easy to relate to. Seeing it now from a recovered perspective I can identify with the...more
Julia
It all starts with a little comment: A girl in your dance class always ahead of you, wanting to run faster for cross country. Letting Ana Go was a wake up call for me. I have never been anorexic, but I've always been very thin, and it allowed me an understanding of others uncomfortable with their bodies. People will do anything to lose weight, and after they drop a few pounds by not eating, it becomes a sickness. The person cannot stop. I believe the anonymous author wanted to call attention to...more
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