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text 2013-12-18 01:34
31 days of reading
Winger - Andrew Smith
Wither (Chemical Garden) - Lauren DeStefano
Golden - Jessi Kirby
Letting Ana Go - Anonymous Anonymous
Haven - Kristi Cook

So here is my update for my Simon Pulse 31 Days of Reading Challenge:


Dec. 13th Winger by Andrew Smith: I didn't finish!  Honestly, I think I would have liked this book, if I'd had more time- I only got to read 5%! But reality called and there was a mountain of laundry and Christmas shopping that HAD to get done!


Dec. 14th Wither by Lauren DeStefano:  Finished and loved!  I read and enjoyed this series before, and It was nice to return to this world!


Dec. 15th Golden by Jessi Kirby: Finished and really enjoyed!  This book surprised me, it was a very enjoyable coming of age novel!


Dec. 16th Letting Ana Go by Anonymous: Finished and not quite sure how to explain my feelings about it!  I never read Go Ask Alice, so I didn't know what I was in for. Heartbreaking, real, horrifying and real!


Dec. 17th Haven by Kristi Cook: Finished and enjoyed!  Okay, so there are some obvious similarities to Twilight here, but I still really enjoyed this book!


And, I finished Rot and Ruin the other night so that bring my total up to 14 out of the 17 books so far!  Yay! Go, me!



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review 2013-08-23 20:20
She was slowly melting away but she couldn't see it. All she saw was beauty.
Letting Ana Go - Anonymous Anonymous

“The only way I knew it was me I was looking at was when I saw the tears start to fall, and I felt them, hot and wet, trickling down my cheeks.” 


Such is the life of Ana, slowing starving herself to death so she can be pretty, so she be faster, so she can fit into the clothes she desires yet she does not see the harm in her daily antics.  Slowly cutting back on her daily calories, she’s slowing slipping away but for Ana she feels so much in control over her life.  She has taken the reins of what she consumes each day and the amount of exercise she does daily, when the real root of her problems are buried deep inside her.  Her friends are a mixed bag, some that offer support, some that don’t see it and others that are headed in the same direction. Ana strives to excel and look her best, her eyes are focused.  As we all know with this disease, it comes with its share of dangers and she has quite a few close calls.  Parents, doctors and friends arrive on the scene but this disease is powerful, it’s has a controlling voice that consumes you mind and your willpower.  Does Ana have enough strength to overcome the power of this disease or will the disease beat her? 


Written in diary format I enjoyed reading how Ana was transformed and pulled by the power of anorexia.  It started out slowly and the affects were small and it was like a transformation was occurring right on the pages as Ana saw her life change.  It was like a beast was taking over her life, consuming her mind and changing her into the new Ana.  This disease is not cured with a pill or in a week under a doctor’s care, but it is something that is a continuous battle once you have contacted this disease.  The characters in the book all played their part adding to the drama in Ana’s life, whether it was support or confusion, making this story a great work of fiction.

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review 2013-07-08 00:00
Letting Ana Go - Anonymous Anonymous A little background on me. I’m currently 39 years old. I’ve had depression my entire life. When I was around 30, I developed an eating disorder, anorexia. Since I was in treatment for my depression anyway, my therapist decided to put me in a hospital since I kept losing weight, though I never got malnourished or extremely under weight.

In anycase this book was a little hard for me to read. Most of the time I forget I was ever treated for an eating disorder but I really wanted to read this book. It made me sad, reminding me of all of the body checking, the constant weighing of oneself and the panicking when you eat one tiny bit of anything.

Overall the book is just ok, which is why I only gave it 3 stars. I felt like there was too much focusing on when the girl was healthy and not enough details of when she was in the hospital or very sick. Not a bad book, I just have read better. However it was good enough to make it feel like it was a bit triggering of old habits.
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