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Girls Under Pressure

(Girls #2)

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3.67  ·  Rating details ·  6,404 ratings  ·  193 reviews
Magda is tall and glamorous, Nadine is willowy and 'gothic'. And Ellie . . . well, Ellie is just plain normal. The three girls have been best friends forever, but now Ellie is convinced she's fat, Nadine wants to be a model, and Magda worries that her appearance is giving guys the wrong idea. The pressure is on for them to change the way they look – but can they learn to l ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 11th 2007 by Corgi Childrens (first published 1998)
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Laura
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: four-star
Book two of the four-part "Girls" series, featuring three best friends as they grow into adolescence. Our protagonist, Ellie, is a very realistic character - I certainly felt the best connection with her whilst reading the series for the first time.

This book is more grown up than the first; Ellie and her friends are starting to worry more about how they look and in particular, their weight. Sadly typical of the target age of readers, this book helps the reader to gain some perspective in how sh
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Maddie
Jun 10, 2017 added it
This was such a meaningful exploration into self image and value. Each girl in this series brings something completely different and their friendship is so supportive.
Bee (Heart Full of Books)
Okay, so The Girls series is tackling some really important issues, and I wish I'd actually read them when I was 13!
Niamh Delahunty
Sep 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have chosen this book to review as it is one that particularly stands out in my mind going back to my earlier years of finishing primary school and entering second level. This writing is based around a young girl who begins, in the shadow of her “skinny beautiful model” friends, to self deprecate and struggle with weight and appearance issues. It is a book that portrays some very serious issues around self esteem, and zones in on the dynamics of the pressures of being a teenager in the 21st ce ...more
Craneinthepond
A decent attempt at writing about a topic the author did not fully understand-

I read this book twice, once when I was very young, and again a week ago, a few months into recovery from my own eating disorder.

While this book is informative about anorexia, bulimia and EDNOS (the symptoms, effects and characteristics of the disorders are woven into the stories of Ellie and Zoë), and portrays very well the impact of eating disorders on the sufferer's family, Ellie herself seemed more like a charicat
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Loops Herrera
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this book Two weeks ago and I loved it. It not only relates to
how I feel but I am pretty sure it related to many of my friends and other girls out there.
This book opened my eyes into knowing how important it is to take care of my body.

The main characters are three best friends: Magda, tall and beautiful, Nadine is “gothy”
and Ellie is just the “normal” one. Ellie made herself think that she was fat so she got
trapped in this hole where all she wanted to do is not eat and lose wei
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dummydums
Oct 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Girls Under Pressure should honestly be read by each and every girl living in this world. IT IS SO EDUCATIONAL (Girl-wise)!!!
Let's get to the fun part then.
The thing with this book is the way is has been written, by the point of view of our main character Ellie, who is one of the funniest characters I have had the joy to "read". She is your normal teenage girl struggling through her weight problem and looks. The way in which Ellie describes herself and her "adventures" is so cute, and I am sure
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Ngọc
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: relax
Nàng này suy nghĩ giống như mình hồi trước, mỗi tội mình không bị ám ảnh kinh hoàng đến thế=))Gì mà ăn xong đi móc họng chứ?=))Bây giờ mình chẳng nghĩ đến giảm cân gì cả, chính mình hơi mũm mĩm tí thì có sao đâu, miễn vẫn có tiền mua sách là được rồi=))
Chelsea
A bit too dramatic and a bit too childish for me but other than that, a great book about a very touching problem.
Mizuna
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
When you can relate to a book this book have expressed so many of my feeling and I found my self in many pages especially the part of battle with the self . I loved how she giant the power of 'I CAN' at the end but wished their be more of engorgement and opening towards herself and the other people who are around her but i liked the book.
Katie Antrobus
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Girls under Pressure is the sequel to ‘Girls in Love’ in the ‘Girls’ series by Jacqueline Wilson. Three main characters are explored throughout the book, three best friends, the beautiful Magda, the alternative Nadine and Ellie, Ellie is just normal. The girls are entwined into one another lives and are hard to separate. Ellie becomes convinced that her weight is on the larger scale, Nadine wants to become a model and Magda worries that her individualistic appearance is attracting the wrong atte ...more
Katya A
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I decided to read this book because I really like Jacqueline Wilson's books. They are interesting and they teach you a good lesson. Even though the author is an old woman her writing is a young teenage girl's thoughts and this makes her books special.
My favourite character is Ellie. She has frizzy hair which she hates and she thinks she is fat. Her mum has died so now she has her dad, step mother Anna and step brother Eggs. She has two best friends Magda and Nadine. Magda is very stylish and b
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Shizah
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book has literally brought tears to my eyes!!! once again, Jacqueline Wilson has been greatly successful in writing a touchy book for girls which clearly expresses the feelings of a girl who thinks she's fatter than everyone. Something all us girls feel is to look good and in this book Wilson has not only mentioned THIS but she has said that we are so busy in checking if we are looking pretty or not that we forget how beautiful we are in those peoples' eyes who love us and have never given ...more
Annabel
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Dame Jacqueline Wilson (a very deserved title!) is, in my opinion, the best contemporary children's writer. She writes perfectly, in content, theme, style and accessibility for children from aged 6 to 13 (ish - of course this varies among children). She writes flawlessly for children, I could not find a single fault.

She is never patronizing and introduces young people to important life issues such as love, poverty, friendship, adolescence, separated parents, illnesses and so much more, in a mann
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Renee
Sep 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, read-2015
This young adult novel gives a first person account of a 14 year old girl who develops an eating disorder. It gives a very simplistic version of a rapidly escalating and easily resolved case, that may not be particularly relatable to people suffering with an eating disorder. It does demonstrate how irrational the thought process can become and is a great book to raise awareness of eating disorders and what signs to look for.

I didn't personally relate to any of the characters, but I did empathise
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Connie
Source: I own this book.
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Title: Girls Under Pressure
Series: Girls #2
Author: Jacqueline Wilson
Overall Rating: 3.9 stars

When I was younger I always read books that were older than my age, this being one of them. This was my least favourite Jacqueline Wilson book back then because being 9 when I read it, it was the first time I'd ever learnt anything about eating disorders or anything of that sort.

But at 18, I'm so thankful that I had this in my life from a young age, thankfu
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Roxyravenheart
This is a good book for young teens to read. There are four books in this short series. Girls In Love, Girls under pressure, girls out late and girls in tears. They are all about four girls Ellie, Magda and Nadine. The books are about typical issues that all have to face. New step parents, weight and the media. Boyfriends and sex and many more. They are very amusing and also teach powerful life lessons to young teens that they need to learn. I liked them all and am very glad I read them.
Anna♥Reading
Jul 23, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I think I read this book when I was 11 years old and I can't believe I actually finished reading it. I remember how bad I felt reading this book! When I was 11 years old I was not thinking about what other people thought of my body? And I had no idea what some people do to loose weight. So yea.. This is my personal opinion..
Shahrun
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again Jacqueline Wilson has worked her magic on another tricky problem (eating disorders). It's pretty impressive how accessible and understandable she made such a serious subject. Love the illustrations by Nick Sharratt too - all books should have pictures!
Lia Jones
I got this for Christmas because i loved the series and no library had it... And now I know why. xD
Mia  Bakhthiar
The Girls series was one of the better ones, but it was very uneventful and depressing that it was difficult to enjoy.
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Mizannie
Read for the BBC Top 200 list. Struggled with this one a bit as the story focuses on the main character’s diet, which borders on eating disorder. Like many teenaged girls Ellie thinks she’s fat and goes “on a diet” but has absolutely no concept of sensible eating or nutrition and admits she has “absolutely no self control.” Oddly, neither do her parents, who constantly “torture” Ellie by preparing unhealthy and fattening meals (at one point Dad brings home take-away fish and chips for everyone e ...more
Sophie
May 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Girls Under Pressure sees the return of Ellie, Nadine, and Magda: three best friends making their way through Year Nine and all the perils and pressures of teenage life. It explores the very real and uncomfortable emotions and dangers inherent to experiencing issues with self-image and self-esteem. Rereading it as an adult, I appreciate how tough it was to read as a teenager: Wilson weaves a narrative so true to the struggles of feeling the odd one out, the unattractive segment of a friendship g ...more
Lerato
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my all time favourite books because it deals with the reality of what teenagers (boys and girls) go through. It is raw and shows just how quickly all these 'ideal' body images affect people and how we are pressured to look a certain way by society.
I myself have struggled with my weight and related to a lot of things throughout this book and am thankful to know that I'm not the only one to go through it and that people can relate to me. Such an eye opening read which is very close
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Lia
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Alessia
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing! I read it in an hour because I was so hooked up!
I think it's perfect for teens that are maybe also struggling with their appearance, specially at such age...
I think you get to really understand what Ellie is thinking and why she is thinking it.
I think this book should be read by everyone who is in the age of 13 to 15
Incredible!
Clare
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic book that made me laugh and cry. I found the second book in the series to be a bit more serious than the first dealing with some issues that may be experienced by some girls. A very good book that dealt with issues with sensitivity.
L Hodgins
Feb 26, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is, in my opinion, a terrible book. It gives a totally incorrect presentation of eating disorders and is not very well written. I can honestly say, without a doubt, that this is the worst book I have ever read.
Ivy
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jacqueline Wilson was born in Bath in 1945, but spent most of her childhood in Kingston-on-Thames. She always wanted to be a writer and wrote her first ‘novel’ when she was nine, filling in countless Woolworths’ exercise books as she grew up. As a teenager she started work for a magazine publishing company and then went on to work as a journalist on Jackie magazine (which she was told was named af ...more

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“the first part was awesome the second part were gross but still amazing to me” 7 likes
“i love girls under pressure but wouldn't recommend it to people who are under 10. i read it at the age of nine but my sister told me the bit u should never do. all in all, i loved this book and any jacqueline wilson fans over 10 i would recommend it to!” 6 likes
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