Thursday, April 19, 2018

What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard - ADVISABLE

Ballard, Alexandra What I Lost, 390 pages. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2017. $18. Content: Language: PG-13 (34 swears); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: G.  

Elizabeth is a sixteen year old anorexic and her parents have put her into a treatment center to help her heal.  While there, Elizabeth meets other girls who have her same disease and she also reflects on how she came to have the ideas she does about her body.  Elizabeth also gets packages from a secret admirer and piece together the clues to who it might be. With the help of friends, counselors and family she starts to see her strengths not just her weaknesses.  

I couldn’t put this book down.  I wanted Elizabeth to succeed and I think the issues of body shaming and bullying were well handled.  The discussion of anorexia was well done including the fact that it can permanently damage a body and can be genetic.  The mature content is anorexia and bulimia, bullying and talk of sex.  

MS, HS – ADVISABLE.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.


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