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Tyranny by Lesley Fairfield
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Sep 14, 2011

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bookshelves: adult-books, high-school-books, middle-school-books, realistic-fiction

This is a difficult book to know what to do with. It is probably a best fit for high school students interested in knowing what life is like for an anorexic young woman. It is a graphic novel, and the illustrations convey a great deal of the information allowing words to be kept to a minimum. It is not a story with any subtlety or complexity. It is like a short memoir in graphic novel format with a single plot (no subplots, a single main character [if Tyranny is counted as part of Anna], no setting details, one theme, etc.). The book covers some of the whys and hows of becoming anorexic, as well as the social and physical effects, and the difficulty of overcoming this condition. My difficulty is in where to put the book. It isn't generally what my students are looking for when they look at graphic novels, it doesn't exactly fit with the non-fiction eating disorders books, and it tells a story that is more pointed than most of the novels on the fiction shelves, and the cover doesn't reveal anything about the content of the book. Yet, some of my older middle school girls might want to read this book...
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