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Changing Ways

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Growing up sucks. Struggling to cope with the constant stress of school, her mother, and her confusing social life, sixteen-year-old Grace Edwards finds sanity in the most destructive of ways: dieting and self-harming. But just when Grace thinks she has everything under control, a classmate catches her cutting in the girls’ locker room, and Grace’s entire
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Paperback, 312 pages
Published September 1st 2018 by Wicked Whale Publishing
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Funny thing: there's a queer Lou in here who reminds me more than a little of another queer Lou. Actually, I'd quite like to see a story from this Lou's perspective.

Tannenbaum approaches Grace's story with more balance than these stories often get. Grace is not the Sickest Patient Doctors Have Ever Seen; she doesn't spend months and months and months and months in hospital; a few weeks (or a Miracle Therapist) isn't enough to solve her problems. There's a lot of two-steps-forward-one-step-back a
K.R. Conway
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A riveting portrait of teenhood shadowed by social pressure, self doubt, and the constant cost of
anorexia, yet the strength to power onward.
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We highly recommend Changing Ways for teens and adults (especially parents).
Readers will immediately care about Grace, and the story is a page-turner as you'll want to know more about her journey.

We can't wait to see read Julia Tannenbaum's next book.
This book obviously has its trigger warnings, may it be for self harm, depression, suicide, eating disorders, psyche ward treatmeants etc.

And with that comes my issues... I suffer from depression, I’ll have these days I literally want to throat punch everyone and can’t stand to be around people because the words they are saying in my eyes make no sense and don’t matter. More often than not I don’t get the lets go cry for an hr depression it’s that rage that no one listens to you and your not pay
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Changing Ways is a beautifully written and insightful debut novel that takes us on a journey into the thoughts and experiences of a teenage girl struggling with mental illness, while also providing a glimpse into what it is like to be a parent, friend and sibling who do everything in their power to support her. I laughed and I cried as I read this remarkable story and felt the spirit of the author come through in every word written. I am incredibly grateful that the author so articulately expres ...more
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You definitely felt Grace’s frustration at what was happening to her but you also felt frustration towards Grace because she needed to get better.
I kinda want to see what happens with her and Isaac and her relationship to everyone within the school and how she goes with soccer, I guess that’s just something to conjure up.
I loved the included helpline at the end, it’s such a necessity with any book dealing with mental health.
Laura Griffons
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Changing Ways portrays mental illness very honestly and accurately. I also appreciate how it depicts teens. I've read so many YA books where I haven't been able to relate to the characters, but with this one I felt a strong connection to Grace. I also loved Lou. She's a fantastic friend, and it's good that the author wasn't hyper-focused on her sexuality.
Joana Barroca
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book should be read by so many more people!

I always feel like I learn more about mental illnesses by reading books on that topic and this was no different, I never read a book that portrayed anorexia. Grace didn’t want to admit she was anorexic because she didn’t think she was, she didn’t think she needed help, so while you understand her frustration you also want her to get better so badly
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Recommended For: Anybody who wants to take a gut-punch to the feels (in a good way).

About the Book...

TW: This book contains details of self harm, anorexia and other mental health issues, psychiatric wards and hospitals.

For Grace Edwards, life is a bit of an emotional storm. Her father left after her mother had an affair. That, combined with the usual high school horrors would make anyone miserable. But it's not all bad. Her dream
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book, what an eye opener! Usually I stray away from young adult genres but after reading 13 Reasons Why, I came across this book. More intriguing was the fact the book was written by a young author, always interesting to read through the perspective of a young writer.

This book accounts the story of a young girl, feeling lost and misunderstood and portrays her story in such a true to life way, it is hard for any reader not to become engrossed after the first chapter. Not only did the s
Sep 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

"Changing Ways" is a really emotional and intense novel and I liked that the author didn't portray recovery as easy. The protagonist's struggle felt realistic and her attempts at recovery were portrayed as a struggle and as difficult, which I feel is way more realistic than the portrayals in most YA novels that just gloss over the struggle. I was especially impressed when I saw how young the author is.

Unfortunately, the dialogue felt rather stilted at times. Overall, the relationships
Michelle Kidwell
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Changing Ways
by Julia Tannenbaum
Wicked Whale Publishing

Teens & YA
Pub Date 02 Sep 2018

I am reviewing a copy of Changing Ways through Wicked Whale Publishing and Netgalley:

Grace Edward tries to deal with the constant stress of school, her Mother and her confusing Social Life through dieting and self harming a classmate catches her self harming when she believes she has everything under control and her life is turned upside down. She's faced with the unthinkable a stint in the psych ward where
Zoe Victoria
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very relatable and engaging. I couldn't put it down!
Moriah Conant
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Trigger warnings: self-harm, restrictive eating, psychiatric hospital stays
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Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a great read to understand what it is like for the challenges in many young people’s lives.
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DNF @ 22% really not in the right place to read a book like this
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