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Thin by Lauren Greenfield
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Apr 17, 2009

really liked it
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I think that this book would really appeal to teenage girls, seeing as anorexia and body image are such common problems with this age group. The pictures are gripping and the way in which the story is told (through first person accounts of anorexic girls and their journal entries) is not only believable but also very powerful. The book is a quick read (I read it all in one evening) and I think it would also appeal to a reluctant reader; the images definitely help to break up the text.

The book address self-confidence, coming to terms with your own body image, and maturing. Many of the women in the book are anorexic because of abusive relationships or sexual encounters in their past. I think it takes someone with a strong stomach to deal with the content of the book, but that the message is powerful. So many young women today need to be told that they don't have to look like the stick figure women in popular media to be healthy and attractive.

The book is definitely credible. As I mentioned earlier, the entire story is told through journal entries, photos, and first person accounts of the ladies own battles with anorexia. While many of their thought processes are difficult to believe (anorexia is a mental disorder) it is impossible not to find their voices authentic.

I would promote this book to teenage girls (I don't know that boys would be very interested in it) by showing them a number of pictures. The images themselves are very gripping and I think that many might want to read the book for that reason alone. I think that this non-fiction account could also be linked to a similar fiction novel, like Laurie Halse Anderson's newly published Wintergirls.

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