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Good Enough

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  749 ratings  ·  171 reviews
Before she had an eating disorder, twelve-year-old Riley was many things: an aspiring artist, a runner, a sister, and a friend.

But now, from inside the inpatient treatment center where she's receiving treatment for anorexia, it's easy to forget all of that. Especially since under the influence of her eating disorder, Riley alienated her friends, abandoned her art, turned r
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Published February 19th 2019 by Feiwel and Friends
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Ruby Granger
Jan 06, 2020 rated it liked it
I was really looking forward to reading this. I really don't think there's enough middle grade literature about eating disorders and, with younger and younger kids struggling with body image issues and eating, it's important that this literature is available.

Riley is twelve years old and struggling with anorexia nervosa. Admitted to an eating disorder clinic at the beginning of the book, this novel covers these two crucial months in her recovery. She starts out resistant and refuses to admit sh
Rachel 007
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I just cried reading this entire thing. I tried to read this book last year when Jen started it. "I don't have an eating disorder anymore, it's fine," I said. I was wrong. Page one bothered me but I couldn’t figure out why. It took me a long time to realize that I was bothered because I still had an ED. If I ignored it, no, it didn't go away. Jen (and lots of other incredible ED warriors!) pushed me to get help. I got help.

...But if I had this book at 11, when I first started actively doing diso
Finally!!! This is the book about eating disorders that I have been waiting for! It's not a "how-to", an "over-the-top", or a "make-light-of-the-situation" book. This book gives an amazing insight into why a child might begin habits that move into an eating disorder, and why he/she would continue. Parents should read this book too. Your heart will break for the main character and the girls in treatment with her. It will leave you with food for thought and a feeling of hope. Also, read the author ...more
A fantastic read about a 12-year-old girl named Riley whose parents put her in an in-patient treatment center for her anorexia. I've read a number of books that take on eating disorders without shying away from the hard details, but this is the first one I've read aimed at middle grade readers -- where, as author, survivor, and recovery advocate Petro-Roy herself states she began to exhibit the behaviors.

It's hard not to root for Riley or any of her peers, and her emotional journeys are up and
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a really moving read that gives you a character to root for and smashes a lot of myths about eating disorders and diet culture in general. I also loved the way Riley's journey is rooted in pop culture, taking inspiration from superheroes and Disney characters--I think that's so relatable and going to make this so resonant for a lot of tweens (and beyond!).
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever felt like you weren't good enough? Not pretty enough? Not skinny enough? Clothes not nice enough? These are some of the issues that twelve-year-old Riley are going through. She used to have a "normal" life with her friends, her family, and her art. One day all of that changed when a mean girl in her school made fun of her weight. Riley vowed then and there that she would lose all the weight that she could and become a fierce competitor in track and field. Because of her extreme des ...more
Kelly Hager
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved Jen's debut novel, PS I Miss You, and so I was waiting for this with no small amount of impatience. I'm only mildly ashamed to admit that once I knew that egalleys were a thing, I basically pouted and whined and used emojis as a weapon. I didn't mean to read this in one afternoon. I wanted to savor it, because Jen's writing is gorgeous.

But I immediately loved Riley and I worried about her. I worried about whether she'd be able to have a healthy relationship with food and if she'd be able
I can't give this a star rating, because I have very mixed feelings about it. There's some technical writing issues - the author puts really important conversations into summary, instead of having them in scene, which kills their emotional immediacy and allows the narrator to gloss over difficult topics. The author also jumps forward over scenes that should be important, like Riley's check-in after she refuses to eat, which leaves weird gaps in the narrative.

But those aren't really the crux of
Laura Gardner
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“I can’t control my body and be me”
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 for this incredible MG novel about a girl realizing she has to give up her eating disorder to regain her life.
Petro-Roy explores the following:
Ups and downs of recovery
Fractured relationships with friends and family
Eating disorders as a family illness
Internal struggle of wanting to recover, but being unable to stop thinking in a disordered way
Reality of insurance companies only paying for a minimum stay in a facility and the fear of leavi
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was really good! Really sad though. I still would highly recommend it! :~)
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been looking for a book about eating disorders to share with my students. The setting is mostly in a hospital setting. Very strong protagonist voice- great figurative language- and most of all important lessons for those that struggle with eating disorders-peers of those friends- parents/ teachers- anyone that cares and loves young people that are dealing with eating disorders. I think some readers may get upset at how the parents are portrayed-I thought it was very authentic and real. They ...more
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Samantha (WLABB)
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Good Enough was a first hand account of Riley's inpatient treatment as she began her recovery from anorexia. It's been over 25 years since my inpatient treatment for disordered eating, but Petro-Roy's depiction of Riley's battle with ED (eating disorder) immediately brought me back to my own struggle.

I applaud the author's decision to write this story in journal format, because it was the perfect way to clearly capture and communicate Riley's emotions. She skillfully depicted th
Dee Dee G
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book opened my eyes about what people go through fighting eating disorders. Written in diary format, which didn’t feel like you were reading a diary. My heart goes out to people fighting this disorder.
Cassie Thomas
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A story that will change lives.
Lisa Welch
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
An excellent middle grade novel about a girl and her battle with an eating disorder. It's written by an #ownvoices author, and that is so evident in the writing. The metaphors and comparisons make the experience so much more relatable to those who do not have an eating disorder and are struggling to understand.
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of reading an early draft of this, and loved it SO much. Riley has such a fierce and indomitable spirit, and seeing her learn to make peace with who she is is incredible. I can't wait until this one's out in the world! ❤️
Kellie Cruz
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A perfect middle school book about eating disorders and the road to recovery. I am so glad this book was written so I can put it in the hands and hearts of those who are struggling and those students who want to learn more and help. Thank you!
I didn’t know what to expect from this book when I first started listening to it. I knew that I wanted to read it as it was on my TBR list but as I started to listen to it, I didn’t like how the book was starting out. I continued listening and, in the end, I liked the rollercoaster ride that I took with Riley.

When Riley was checked into the treatment center by her mother, Riley acted standoffish and I thought she wouldn’t make it. She didn’t see herself belonging to the individuals on this floo
* This review is of an advanced reader copy

Most fictional portrayals of eating disorders widely miss the mark by furthering the stereotype that eating disorders afflict intelligent young women and teens who begin dieting either in an attempt to gain control over their lives in the wake of an overbearing mother or to garner attention from absent parents. After reaching a medical crisis point the teen is forced into treatment where she is initially resistant but, with the help of a compassionate s
L u c y♡
This was just...incredible.

The novel follows a twelve-year-old girl named Riley Logan who is being admitted into an inpatient treatment centre for anorexia nervosa. The story details the first two months of recovery, depicting her resistance, anger, fear, the painful physical symptoms (gosh, those stomachaches you get in the refeeding process are killers) and the rollercoaster of emotions she goes on. The entire time, I was sobbing and overwhelmed with empathy as I understood everything she was
Melanie  Brinkman
" I'm not a failure. I'm a work in progress."

Trigger warning for eating disorders.

Before she had an eating disorder, 12 year old Riley was many things : an artist, a runner, a sister, and a friend. Then an eating disorder stole her life away.

Now, inside an inpatient treatment center, Riley must decide to recover, to live.

Part of her wants to recover, but when her roommate breaks rules, triggering old behaviors, Riley begins to realize recovery won't be easy. She must fight to not only stay in re
Jenn Bishop
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reading Riley's story helped me understand how an eating disorder feels from the inside. Her recovery isn't a straight line, which I'm sure is true to life, and for those struggling in recovery, that aspect will be particularly resonant. I appreciated the scenes with Riley and her therapist Willow, as she unpacks the issues that contributed to her eating disorder. It's never *one* thing -- not for Riley, not for anyone. This book will be especially meaningful for young people and their families ...more
I'm sure I won't be the only reader who wishes this book had been written when I was growing up. It's honest, filled with details, and yet ends on a hopeful note. For anyone who's struggled with an eating disorder from one side of the spectrum to the other, this book reminds us that we are good enough, and that we should not allow ourselves to be defined by our body size or the numbers on the scale. Twelve-year-old Riley struggles with perfectionism and a need to please her parents while often f ...more
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just finished this book, and I applaud its author for having the courage to write it and raise the awareness of eating disorders. The book contains a wonderful, realistic story that emphasizes self esteem and healthy behaviors that lead to actually living instead of being afraid. It can serve as a window for those who don't know about eating disorders, or as a mirror for those who do and need to see themselves as the amazing people they are. Bravo!
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the publisher and the author for the review copies of these books. All opinions are my own.
First of all, I would like to give this four and a half stars.

These amazing #ownvoices books offer a glimpse into the world of eating disorders. Through daily journal entries in GOOD ENOUGH, we begin to have an understanding of not only Riley’s day to day life in a residential care facility, but also the reasons about why she is there. She gradually shares incidents in her past that led her do
Oct 14, 2018 added it
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An important, compassionate, engrossing book that delves deep inside the mind and heart of Riley, a twelve-year-old girl who is in treatment for an eating disorder. Riley is funny, resilient, wounded, and so very real. This book depicts how difficult recovery is while also offering so much hope and inspiration; that strikes me as a very challenging balance to pull off, but Jen Petro-Roy does it masterfully. This is a must-have for upper elementary and middle school classrooms and library collect ...more
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Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Miss Lori read this book and learned so much. An intense look at eating disorders and the long road to recovery. Written by an author who recovered from anorexia and exercise addiction, so information is first hand. Very good read for middle school/YA students who either think they might have an eating disorder or for those who know someone going through this disease.
Ms Threlkeld
Exceptionally written, heartbreakingly honest portrayal of a girl in treatment for anorexia.
Jen Petro-Roy’s sophomore middle grade novel, set to release on February 19, follows twelve-year-old Riley, who is enrolled at an in-patient eating disorder recovery center where she begins her journey toward eating disorder recovery.

Personally, this was a hard book for me to read. I was already crying as I read the first page. However, I think this book is necessary. Middle grade novels are increasingly addressing important topics, but this is the first one I’ve read about eating disorders.

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Jen Petro-Roy is the author of the middle grade contemporary novel P.S. I MISS YOU (releasing by Macmillan/Feiwel and Friends in Fall 2017). Jen is a teen librarian who lives with her husband and two daughters in Massachusetts.

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