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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  234 ratings  ·  39 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
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Published January 1st 2009 by Second Story Press
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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
Emily Benoit
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
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
Gen Fleming
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
I liked the book, but the romance was unnecessary as they're in a mental health hospital.
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
Alison Lin
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
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
Trisha W.
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
Sabrina 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 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
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
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
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
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!!!
Courtney Graham
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
Ruby St-Fleur
Heavy and deep read. Very deep and thoughtful. Touching and heartbreaking.
Chantelle 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.
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.
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.

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This will have an audience, probably younger teens not ready to tackle tougher books on the topic like "Wintergirls."
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.
YA 1st Person written in the form of a journal. Maddie recounts her journey to the por-ani site for support and coming to terms with herself . . . and what led to her treatment.
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!
I just finished this book in one sitting, and I'm still sobbing. Sadly, I had to short it a star because at times it became dull with over the top dialogue....
I liked it. I really liked that in each chapter, she told about her life before she went to the facility and then her thoughts while she was there.
Brandee Terry
This book was slightly disturbing but I was really glad to see it was written by someone who had gone through similar problems.
I enjoyed this book; it gives a different look into eating disorders. You can connect with the character.
Lisa Irwin
Would have been great if I was 12 years old. Did learn the term Pro Ana so it wasn't a complete loss
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