thinandbeautiful.com

Category: Book
By (author): Shaw, Liane
Subject:  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / General
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Eating Disorders & Body Image
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / General (see also headings under Family)
Audience: young adult
Publisher: Second Story Press
Published: September 2009
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 8.25in x 5.52in x 0.75in
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From The Publisher*Seventeen-year-old Maddie has always felt a hole in her life, but she has finally found a way to fill it with her quest to mold her body into her ideal, thinnest shape. When she comes across the world of Pro Ana websites, where young people encourage each other in their mission to lose ever more weight, she realizes she is no longer alone. Finally, she has found a place where she is understood. Maddie quickly becomes addicted to the support and camaraderie she finds on thinandbeautiful.com. Now in a rehab facility where they are trying to "fix" a problem she doesn't think she has, Maddie is forced to keep a diary tracing how she arrived at this point. Angry that she is barred from accessing her online friends, Maddie resists therapy. Only when a tragedy befalls one of her comrades in arms is she shocked into admitting that she does need help.
From The Publisher*Maddy finds a dangerous "thinspiration" online after she becomes addicted to pro-anorexia websites and develops an eating disorder.
Review Quote*A great read for all preteen and teen girls.
Review Quote*Liane Shaw, who has battled anorexia herself, spins Maddie's treatment- as she progresses from delusions to tough realizations- into an absorbing psychological drama...through clear and unflinching storytelling, Shaw takes her readers deep into the labyrinthine psyche of a young girl battling an eating disorder.
Review Quote*I couldn't help but ache for Maddie, and for her family and friends who are desperate to help her...author Liane Shaw does a good job of capturing Maddie's emotion and self-delusion...thinandbeautiful.com is an affecting and accurate depiction of an eating disorder victim. Anyone suffering with an eating disorder, or anyone who knows someone who is, will benefit from reading Maddie's story.
Review Quote*The best thing about this story is the authenticity of the online culture depicted--and it's a sympathetic portrayal, as well. Though we know as readers that all of the GWS girls are deceiving themselves and each other, there is clearly no malice, just as great deal of pathetic self-delusion.
From The Publisher*Seventeen-year-old Maddie has always felt a hole in her life, but she has finally found a way to fill it with her quest to mold her body into her ideal, thinnest shape. When she comes across the world of "thinspiration" websites, where young people encourage each other in their mission to lose weight, she quickly becomes addicted. Finally, she has found a place where she is understood and where she can belong. Maddie becomes a part of a group of friends who call themselves the GWS, "Girls Without Shadows", on the pro-anorexia website thinandbeautiful.com. Here she finds the respect and support she feels she doesn't get from her family and friends in the so-called real world. Now in a rehab facility where they are trying to fix a problem she doesn't think she has, Maddie is forced to keep a diary tracing how she arrived at this point. Angry that she is barred from accessing her online friends, Maddie refuses to believe she needs help. Will a tragedy change her mind? Join the conversation about eating disorders by visiting www.thinandbeautiful.com
Biographical NoteLiane Shaw has worked in education for twenty-five years, with much of that time spent as a teacher of students who face academic, behavioral, physical, or emotional challenges. Her own battle with anorexia, as well as her role as a mother and a teacher, inspired her to write this story. She lives in Almonte, Ontario.