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3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  287 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
Enter the underground world of "thinspiration" websites. Seventeen-year-old Maddie has always felt a hole in her life, but she has finally found a way to fill it with her quest to mold her body into her ideal, thinnest shape. When she comes across the wor
ebook, 272 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Second Story Press
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Jan 08, 2010 Ifahh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for

Maddie considers herself pretty normal. At the age of eleven, she began thinking, and yes, worrying, about her appearance. But aren't most girls concerned about things like hair, make-up, and weight? It may have been that visit to the doctor for a physical that got the problem started.

It was a routine sports physical. After the exam and Maddie was back in her clothes, the doctor came into the room to chat. Part of the conversation w
Emily Benoit
Oct 28, 2011 Emily Benoit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reads-of-2011
Concept/Ideas: 3/5
Storyline/Plot: 4/5
Characters: 4/5
Writing Style: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4/5 stars

I loved It was an interesing and educational read. I loved the storyline, and I found it very sad, but at the same time, a great read about body image, and the pressures girl's feel nowadays to conform to a certain body type.

I found Maddie somewhat annoying, but the dialogue was still good, so I didn't really mind that factor. I loved her best friend Annie, and thought that she wa
Amy's Book Reviews
Grade: C-

After reading an ARC copy of Liane Shaw's thoughtful novel THE COLOR OF SILENCE, I was eager to see read THINANDBEAUTIFUL.COM, hoping to find the same subtle insight and sensitivity. Instead, narrator Madison is self-centered, unfriendly and without depth. Maddie is superficial, and while on the surface eating disorders may seem superficial, they are mental illnesses about the underlying issues of trauma, low self esteem, depression, anxiety, family dysfunction and/or a whole host of ot
Gen Fleming
Oct 11, 2011 Gen Fleming rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing in the sense that i have heard a lot about ED, and the girls (and boys) affected by it, but i never could understand their point of view. I never could tell how they refused to think that what they were doing was wrong and unhealthy. showed me the perspective of a young girl with anorexia and bulimia, but she doesnt think she has it. No matter what, she tells herself she is ugly/fat, putting herself down. And she refuses to admit or even think that anyo
Nov 07, 2013 Monisha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I mean... it was alright. I guess. Maddie sounds more like a middle schooler than a 17 year old, and the formatting didn't work. Journal? Really? It doesn't read like a journal. I just... Idk, man, idk. It was just okay. Nothing special.
Feb 04, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the book, but the romance was unnecessary as they're in a mental health hospital.
Jun 21, 2013 Julia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book looked like it would be really interesting, but I was disappointed. I found it boring and without an exciting plot line. I recommend that no one reads this book ever!
Lisa Irwin
Oct 01, 2011 Lisa Irwin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Would have been great if I was 12 years old. Did learn the term Pro Ana so it wasn't a complete loss
Elevate Difference
As someone who has struggled with disordered eating, I was very eager to dig into This young adult book was written by Liane Shaw, a teacher who once struggled with anorexia. The story follows Maddie, an anorexic teenage girl who finds herself sucked into the "pro-ana" (pro-anorexia) website Thinking no one understands how she feels about her weight and her body, Maddie pushes her friends and family away, finding her only comfort in the virtual arms of ...more
I picked up this book on a whim during one of my very many library conquests. I hadn't seen or heard of it before but was drawn to the concept and thought I would give it a try. I think that is an honest story that needed to be told. I always find that when reading contemporary fiction it's often the subjects that are the most difficult to narrate that can end up having the largest and greatest affect on people. There's definitely a lot in Maddie that many individuals may be ...more
Jan 05, 2017 Regan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Another book about eating disorders that is just okay. I've never read a book (well...yet,) about this topic that I love. Mainly because the representations are so stupid.

The denial was so unrealistic. It annoyed me (I nearly swore!) so much how naive and stupid she was. She goes down as one of the most annoying main characters ever. How the hell could she deny it for that long? Fair enough at first, but NOT when she was institutionalised...and PURGING. I mean, yeah, maybe with her idiocy, she
Jul 04, 2011 Sabrina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition takes us to the life of Maddie who is 'on a diet'. But thats it. She's doesnt have an eaiting disorder - right? I mean, she just wants to look good. Its what every girl wants and Maddie's no different. So what if she hardly eats and she's becoming a sack of bones? So what if she's so exhausted her grades are going down and she cant hold a relationship with her friends and family? And so what if she slowly kills herself with starvation because ... if you cant be beautiful, wh ...more
Ariel Chang
Apr 30, 2012 Ariel Chang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition Review

*Spoiler Alert* by Liane Shaw is an in-depth book following the life of Maddie J.Nessfield a 17 year old girl with anorexia. Inspired by her own battle of anorexia, Liane Shaw gives an insight to what really happens to anorexic people, how they act and how they think. When a health doctor innocently misunderstands it for a sign that she’s fat. Developing unhealthy thoughts, she starts purging, dieting, over exercising and shutting off her family and
Jun 29, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 stars

Let me first say that the back of the book/synopsis is a bit misleading. I thought Madison found thinspo and it encouraged her to become anorexic (or continue her anorexic tendencies).
Instead, this story is about a girl who becomes anorexic, her parents and friend tell her she is thin and has to stop starving herself, and 'then' finds thinspiration online (so the latter of my previous sentence was correct). The synopsis made it out like the thinspo is what did it, not the comments of
Melissa (Book Nerd Reviews)
I loved the concept of this book very much. Simply because having been there as a teenager, I completely understand the expectations and pressures of being a teenage girl and wanting to feel slim as well. Whilst I never had an eating disorder (in actual fact I was an overweight teen), I related to the feelings of wanting to be thin.

The start of this book was a little bit too slow and didn't really have an air of authenticity to it. The protagonist is Maddie who is a 17 year old girl who suffers
Alison Lin
Mar 01, 2010 Alison Lin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The main character in this book is Maddie Nessfield and she has Anorexic problems. The book is split into two parts. One part is about how she got tothe anorexic problems and ended up in a guesthouse, the other is about how she is acting in the Guesthouse.

I like how the author wrote the story based on her own battle with anorexia. She made the story seem real and added problems that regular teenagers would have. I think that Maddie and I both feel like we don't belong sometimes. We both have th
Trisha W.
Jul 12, 2010 Trisha W. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books, read2010
This was a great book, and I think teens who have eating disorders should read it. The author has went through her own eating battles, this book is so well written because of this I think.

In the beginning Maddie wants to look perfect, she always think she is fat so she starts cutting out some of her food. She starts cutting so much out that she has to start hiding it from the people around her. When her parents find out they send her to a rehab facility. While there Maddie keeps a journal, in t
Xiu Ling
Madison J. Nessfield isn't fat. She might not be thin but she's just average. Yet she argues with that, she thinks she's obesed. She thinks she is the only one who is trying to adapt to the changes happening in puberty. That's obviously not true.
Her big problem is she is heading in the wrong way, opposite from her family and her friends. She puts all her strength and energy into losing weight. No matter how the people who cared and loved her try to stop her from her silly diet, she just cannot
Haley Ryan
A seventeen year old girl named Maddy has never felt comfortable in her own skin. She soon found a way to become comfortable about herself. Maddy spent time on a website that is a teen group chat encouraging each other to loose more weight and then she realized that she wasn't the only one who felt this way. On this website she felt like people understood her and accepted her. She soon found that she was addicted to the support on Maddy's weight continued to decrease until ...more
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
This is a book that really gets you inside the head of someone with an eating disorder. The thoughts seem authentic and Shaw uses her own experience with EDs as a basis. Maddie isn't always likable, but she is relatable.
It is not an easy read, we travel with her as she pushes her friends and family away, see through the lens of distorted body image, and begin on the difficult road of recovery.
I understand why all of the flashbacks where there, but it still annoyed me a bit. (It established
Courtney Graham
Apr 18, 2012 Courtney Graham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book last year twice and this book is massively relatable. I'm battling this disorder at the moment. The author is describes everything as to how you feel about feeling alone during this disorder. This disorder literally makes you feel like everything is against you that you onced loved. Your faimly, friends, and even your own body. My anorexia books or novels don't point out that there are social websites that actually support this dieases. I should know because I too visit those si ...more
Savannah Avery
I gave this book 2 stars.

I'm really disappointed with this book, I had such high expectations for it. I couldn't connect with the main character at all, she seemed incredibly immature for a 17 year old. She also was in denial to the point of annoyance. (I understand the author was probably going for denial to make the story but still, it just seemed unrealistic.) The story line was also very slow, with a lot of "filler" details. I couldn't connect with any of the other characters either, and the
Ali Millam
This book was's about a girl who has an eating disorder and joins this online chat group where all the girls have eating disorders and they don't see that they have a problem. I really liked it because so often you wonder what goes through those girls' heads when they are 90 lbs and think they are still too fat. It helps you to understand more about how they feel and what they are going through.
Jessica Brake
Jan 11, 2016 Jessica Brake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This was a wonderful book. I really enjoyed it a lot. It was complex, without making the reader work too hard to get into the story. Most of all, I enjoyed the fact that it was not your typical e.d. sort of book. There was a bit more to it. And, I particularly enjoyed the surprise, that came later on in the book. (I'll avoid saying more, as not to spoil it for potential readers
Nov 25, 2011 Chantelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition was a verry intrestin book. It was verry intence thogh it was about a girl .Her mom thinks shes fat so she desiseded to loose wegit but figers out that making her self puke was a faster way to lose weghit and thean she got relly thin and hear friends convintced her that she dosent have a eating disirter and as the book gose on her family seends her away to recovor but she dosent she sill makes her self throgh up i thoght the book was verry sad but also intence in some parts.
Steph Burgess
A fantastic book that had me gripped from beginning to end. Unlike a lot of books about anorexia, it doesnt just show the reader the physical side to anorexia, it takes you deep into the mind and delusions of the sufferer. It's extremely well written and i can't help but think it's based partly on a real-life incident.

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in eating disorders or psychology and aged 15 and over as it's quite emotional.
I think the premise is great, but it never felt authentic until the very end. We also didn't get into the proana site stuff until almost page 100 - a long time to wait for what the book's about.

Review here:

This will have an audience, probably younger teens not ready to tackle tougher books on the topic like "Wintergirls."
Jun 16, 2014 Dianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very revealing story about how one comment from someone can cause a person to become so crazed in their devotion to become ultra thin and therefore beautiful in their own eyes. But the sad thing is that in their mind thin is just not attainable it never small enough. So very sad!!!
Aug 11, 2012 Allyson rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
didn't like how it was written.
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