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4.36  ·  Rating details ·  117 ratings  ·  55 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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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
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!).
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
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
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
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Samantha (WLABB)
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
Cassie Thomas
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A story that will change lives.
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! ❤ ...more
* 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
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.
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
Christine Brunt
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.

Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"'You need butter. You're too skinny.' A thrill went through me when Mom said that. A thrill still shoots through me every time when anyone says that. It's the same way I feel when I step on the scale and see a lower number. It's the thrill of success."

In Good Enough, Riley's story begins as she enters an inpatient treatment center to help her recover from anorexia. She's honest, flawed, and realistic, and she is the kind of character who you really want to see succeed. On her road to recovery,
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After reading Jen Petro-Roy’s P.S. I Miss You, I expected Good Enough to be a strong story, with a likable character, and a few tears along the way. I was not disappointed. This was an emotional story about 12 year old Riley, and her time in a treatment center, fighting to overcome Anorexia. It’s hard to read about the struggles Riley goes through, and how her parents and friends aren’t always there for her the way that they should be. But the silver lining is watching Riley learn how to be stro ...more
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An important, compassionate, engrossing book that delves deep inside the mind and heart of Riley, a twelve-year-old girl who is undergoing treatment for an eating disorder. Riley is funny, resilient, wounded, and so very real. I felt like she could have been one of my students- I worried for her throughout the book. Good Enough made cry at times. 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 ...more
Paul  Hankins
Sharing out for librarians, counselors, and teachers who share books with their middle grade and young adult readers.

In February 2019, Jen Petro-Roy brings us the story of Riley Logan, a twelve-year old who goes into treatment for anorexia. Told through journal entries that span the course of two months, we see the main character observing the world through an objective lens where everyone and everything has a label vs. a name: roommates, conditions, and feelings.

The book does not bury the cours
Jo-ann Walsh
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group and the author for the review copy of this book. Good Enough releases on February 19, 2019. All opinions are my own.
Good Enough chronicles a twelve year old girl named Riley who is going through treatment for an eating disorder. The diary/ journal style format gives you an in depth look at how Riley is feeling and what she is thinking throughout her hospital stay and treatment for anorexia.
This is such an important and eye opening book.
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
GOOD ENOUGH (2/19/2019) by Jen Petro Roy. Thank you so much to the author for sending me an advanced reader’s copy to review!

Riley’s life is on hold. Leaving what she loves, art, track, her younger sister, and her friends, she has no choice but to follow through with what her parents arranged for her so she can seek recovery for eating disorder. Weighed down by the burden of how her anorexia damaged her relationships and how something she loved turned into something dangerous for her health, Ri
Julie Jaeger
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a touching story of a 7th grade girl struggling to overcome an eating disorder. The entire novel takes place during Riley’s hospitalization. She moves through her recovery in a realistic, yet hopeful way. The supporting characters are also engaging and well developed. The counselors that work with Riley demonstrate the positive support network needed, especially at such a delicate age. It’s a story that will speak to kids struggling with body image issues, and I look forward to getting i ...more
Katie Reilley
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the author for providing my #bookexpedition group with an ARC to share.

12 year old Riley had my attention from the beginning. Told in journal entries, the novel follows her journey while at an inpatient center where she is receiving treatment from anorexia. Both heartbreaking & inspiring to read, I loved getting to know Riley and following along on her path to recovery.

An important read for middle grade students that belongs in classroom & school libraries. Publication dat
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a very good middle-grade book about a tween girl in recovery for anorexia. The journal format lets the reader see what goes through the mind of someone with an eating disorder. It walks the line between serious and entertaining really well. There are very few novels about eating disorders for younger readers. This one is well done and much needed. Content isn’t too adult for younger readers. Read my full review on Common Sense Media:
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A powerful look at recovery from an eating disorder. I appreciated that author didn't gloss over some of the not so great parts of being an in-patient at a mental health facility, and knew what IS positive about it. The fellow patients, the classes, and, if you're very lucky, the counselors.

It's a hard read, but would be a good one to recommend to those that need to have perspective on eating disorders.
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Fascinating and authentic story of a 7th grade girl in an eating disorder facility. I love that Petro-Roy made this book for middle grade readers. She doesn't shy away from tough issues, but this book is accessible and appropriate for those when they first are dealing with weight insecurities.
Kassidy Vaughan
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I’m blown away. I wish I could send this book back in time and give it to my 12 year old self. It’s such an important story. I can’t wait to put it on the shelf in my classroom.
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Should be required reading for every middle schooler! Riley is relatable and likable- another fantastic protagonist, Jen! <3
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic book. The prose is so deft and beautiful while still sounding like a 12-year-old girl's voice, which is very impressive. The really heavy subject of eating disorders is treated with nuance and levity and depth. Throughout Riley's journey through some of the darkest parts of her mind, she still keeps her humor, and the sense of hope is pervasive and powerful. Highly recommended.
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Powerful, insightful, and a must read!
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book really spoke to me because I know a lot of people that have dealt with things like this and I’ve struggled with self confidence and things like that so I’m glad I found this book
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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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