Letting Ana Go
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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