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Letting Ana Go

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  7,397 ratings  ·  778 reviews
In the tradition of Go Ask Alice and Lucy in the Sky, a harrowing account of anorexia and addiction.

She was a good girl from a good family, with everything she could want or need. But below the surface, she felt like she could never be good enough. Like she could never live up to the expectations that surrounded her. Like she couldn’t do anything to make a change.

But there
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Simon Pulse (first published May 7th 2013)
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Petra-X Off having adventures
Anorexia is the medium that carries the message in this book. It's not what kills the teenage diary writer, although she does die from it.

This book is built from cliches. One builds on another. Perhaps cliches are new and fresh to teenagers but those with years of reading behind them can see the next one coming.

The teenage diary writer, 'Ana' is from a newly-broken home. Her mother is fat, her father's new girlfriend is thin with big boobs He gives her a car instead of love. Her best friend i
Kearstin Norman
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
To be honest with you id be careful allowing teen girls to read this one. Reading through this book about how she cut to 1000 calories a day and loosing weight in astounding progress is intriguing. Being a teen girl my self, like everyone else i have insecurities of my own body so reading this book made me think i could do that then stop before it goes to far (even though like in the book it could never go to far). This book could be an influence on other girls to try it. Even knowing the outcom ...more
Emma Hesch
Jul 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
As a 16 year old girl recovering from anorexia, I must say that 'Letting Ana Go' is absolute garbage. I read this book before I was clinically diagnosed with an eating disorder, and it is nothing more than targeting teenager's biggest insecurities. The plot was kind of trashy, and on top of that a potential trigger to develop a very real, life-threatening disorder! Whenever I felt like eating a cookie or bingeing on some chips, I would think about the main character in the book and do a quick ab ...more
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have a love-hate relationship with this book.
The book is very well written and obviously composed by someone with first hand views of an eating disorder's effect. Though at times, the symptoms of the main character are like many other novels surrounding anorexia - textbook examples. This is where the book is slightly unrealistic. Not every patient displays every symptom known to EDs.
However, it remains that this book, especially when focusing on the family's reaction, is disturbingly accurate
Amanda Johnson
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Letting Ana Go is a book in the form of a diary that follows an unnamed teenage girl as she goes from a healthy athlete to someone in a desperate battle with anorexia. It is almost entirely in first-person, written as entries of the protagonist's diary that she received at the beginning of the book.

This was a refreshing format as most books I read and write follow the same formatting, and I was surprised at how well it worked. Letting Ana Go is brutally honest, allowing the reader an inside look
Alexandra Bayer
Dec 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
She loved to run and was on her school's track team. She had a family and plenty of friends, and an eye on a nice boy. Everything was going well for her, until the day she had to start counting calories. Her coach wanted everyone to make sure they were getting the proper amount of calories, so she and her best friend, Jill, started watching together. Only problem was that Jill was a ballerina and wanted to slim down to get the part of Clara in The Nutcracker. Jill asked for support at the same ...more
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Full disclosure: I only read this because I recently re-read Go Ask Alice and wanted to see if this could be as bad. Spoiler: Close, but not quite.

Aside from the middle-aged-woman-trying-to-sound-like-a-teen problem, there was the hey-I-read-a-magazine-article-on-anorexia-so-I'm-qualified-to-write-a-book-about-it issue. Bad. Just bad.

Also, it included enough detail to be triggering without having enough depth to be helpful.

Other minor notes: this is a lot more modern of a story than Go Ask Alice
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
So, I picked up this book without reading the synopsis, or the back cover!
Probably one of the more depressing books I've read this year. It was so sad. I couldn't put it down because I kept anticipating the end, but I DIDN'T KNOW IT ENDED LIKE THAT!

The fact that this book was written by 'Anonymous' and the main character remained anonymous just really hit it home that this is an issue many people go through. This book seemed so realistic, which just made it worse. I've read one other book that
Michelle Devine-Traxler
Not certain what I want to say about this. I read this using my "Coach" head, and to understand the problems of eating disorders.
This is really intended for a teenager - so maybe that's the issue i have with the book.
I coud not relate to that aspect of the teenage mind. I will, however, pass this book to my daughter and she will love it, I am sure.
Tragic story - but the ending was a little too quick for my head to wrap around it. Seemed a little unbelievable.
Michelle Wrona
This review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!

*4.5 star rating*

You know, I've always seen these books around at the bookstore. Go Ask Alice has been on my TBR for ages. Ages, literally. Letting Ana Go was actually one that I never even heard about until my local library's catalogue received it. Anorexia is a sensitive subject that not many modern YA novels touch upon on excluding Laurie Halse Anderson's Wintergirls, a favourite of mine. This anonymous author ha
Stephanie Smith
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Omg this story was just as amazing as go ask Alice. I read this in a span of five hours and was rooting for the main character the whole time. It's a very disturbing realistic view into anorexia and how it is a disease that affects girls every day. It made me feel good to be healthy. When I eat a cookie or a piece of cake I will not feel guilty about it. ...more
May 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Amy M
Aug 03, 2014 rated it liked it
I loved "Go Ask Alice" when I was a teenager, so I was excited to see this YA book at Target. However, I was pretty disappointed. I felt that Ana, while a pretty realistic character, did not accurately portray anorexia. First of all, she only lost 20 or so pounds, down from 130, so the numbers were not shocking. The whole story took place over less than a year, and generally young bodies can endure much longer. I wish the author had given Ana more symptoms, and described them in more detail (for ...more
Sarah Marie
Letting Ana Go by Anonymous

1.5 stars

Ana is a good girl and she feels as though she’s not good enough for the perfect façade her family presents to the public. The one thing Ana knows she can control is her eating. Ana is spiraling, but she’s not eating it’s the best she’s felt in a long time. I remember loving Go Ask Alice in middle school; it’s one of the books that I consider to be a part of my childhood favorites. When I saw the this was free on Simon Pulse It I jumped to read it (that’s how

Andrea Diaz
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing

This book was amazing. It took me deeper into the world of anorexia. I know people who have suffered from eating disorders, myself being one of them, but never really knew what went through the mind of a person suffering with anorexia. Ana keeps a food diary given to her by her cross country coach and tracks her weight and the day's events. At the beginning, you see her weight stay within a 5 pound range, between 130 and 135, which is healthy for a girl of her height (5'7"). Through the st
Jan 05, 2014 rated it liked it
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Ashley Finnegan
Dec 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pulse-it
I found this book on the pulse it website as a free read for the 31 days of Christmas. The only problem with that is you have to finish reading in the allowed time or.. well your just out of luck. I started this book two days ago and was 50% in before it just expired on me while I was in the middle of reading. I am a bit aggrevated over that but I knew if I didn't hurry that it was a possibility. Now I MUST buy this book to be able to finish it because it is that GOOD. I will update after I have ...more
Jan 03, 2021 rated it liked it
Wasn’t the best I’ve read but the ending made up for it!
I had read Go Ask Alice a couple years ago and decided to try out another book from the other "Anonymous" author collection. I am so glad I did. Like Go Ask Alice, this is the main character's journal, which started off as a food/feeling journal. It is interesting to see what she wrote, her weight changes, and the evolution of her disorder. Also, interesting, because it was a journal, we never know her name - really who writes their name in their journal entries?? But for the remainder of the re ...more
Van (Short & Sweet Reviews)
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is my first ‘Anonymous’ book, having never read any of the other similar books published in the previous years (Go Ask Alice, Lucy in the Sky or Jay’s Journal). LETTING ANA GO is the diary of a 16-year-old girl chronicling how a simple task of keeping a food journal for track turned into an uncontrollable obsession to be thin. At the beginning of each journal entry Ana jots down her weight trying to retain the daily suggested 2,200 calories intake. As the story progresses, Ana’s best friend ...more
Ms. Yingling
Oct 07, 2014 rated it liked it
When her cross country coach makes her keep a food diary to make sure that she and the other girls on the team keep up their calorie counts and DON'T descend into an eating disorder, our unnamed character starts to lose weight. Her best friend, Jill, is a ballerina on a dangerously restrictive diet, and her mother has gained weight and is given a hard time about it by her father. When her father ends up leaving her mother for another woman, and she starts to run faster times after losing about t ...more
Ohhhh dear, this was such a mess. I was expecting it to be, but not to the degree it ended up being. This is an extremely triggering book and shouldn’t be read by young teens, which is ironically the target demographic.

Anorexia and eating disorders are much more complex than this book makes them out to be. I would have liked for there to be a disclaimer, or a page of resources like in The Book of David. But neither of those things were included, so instead we get a poorly-written teenager’s str
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
To be honest I don't know where to start about this book. Just the fact that it was written by an anonymous authour just makes you so much more intrigued to read it. I myself have struggled with anorexia nervosa since the age of 11 and just seeing that what I felt and thought happens to a lot of people sure made me feel like I wasn't the odd one out. Unlike many things that revolve around the topic of anorexia, such as blog posts, this book was not triggering at all. If anything, it made me feel ...more
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Everything in Her (unnamed) life was perfect, until Her dad left home, probably because Her mother was too fat. She begins a diet with Her best friend, Jill, which, due to other unaddressed stressors in Her life, turns into anorexia.

LETTING ANA GO, written in diary format, follows Her slow plunge from first place runner to anorexia. A lot of the diary entries were repetitive and boring, day after day of her weight, calories and dieting just isn't that interesting. LETTING ANA GO does a great jo
Katrine Lyngsøe
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
(SPOILER WARNING) I thought this one was pretty good! It didn't fully describe what I felt when I was going through anorexia and it didn't really describe how I feel now but I think the 'anorexia experience' is different for everyone. I think I could be a bit more in depth with the eating disorder, especially the guilt and how hard it is to recover from it, but it was good never the less. I would've enjoyed it a bit more if it didn't end with the main character dying but instead recorvering from ...more
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was an emotional read and I enjoyed it alot, however, the main character bugged me at times with how rude she was about her mother.
The ending was upsetting, but I knew something was going to happen after reading the previous books by the same author: such as 'Go Ask Alice' and 'Lucy in The Sky'.
I would overall reccommend this book if serious subjects such as Eating Disorders do not effect you.
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle-read, meh
I liked Go Ask Alice, and tried this out as a random sample. No one in this book feels like an actual person (which I think they're supposed to be...) and none of the characters are likeable or sympathetic, kids OR adults. I wish I had finished this in time to return it, because I kinda hated it. ...more
cammie 🐰🌱🌸🌱
As a girl who has struggled with bulimia before, this book opened my eyes.. well, at the same time, it also triggered me a bit, and for a while, made me go back to me being obsessed with my body weight, but this book is good. It's actually realistic unlike "Go Ask Alice" ...more
Sarah Jessup
Jan 30, 2015 rated it liked it
This book was very hard to read. The story is one that many teenagers go through today and surrounds us. This book hit me especially hard. With this book, it is both dangerous and helpful. I am not entirely sure how to formulate my thoughts about this book, so I will leave it at that.
Hayley Martin
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book broke my heart. Definitely a quick read, so glad I picked it up.
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