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"Oh. My. Gosh. This. Book. Was. So. Good! I loved this book so much! Basically, Jack (a.k.a Bones) is admitted to a hospital for Eating Disorders. There, he discovers the true danger of being anorexic and... what it is like to fall in love. I really liked reading this book because, not only was it entertaining, but because it taught me how some people think. I really learned what it was like to be anorexic. It was interesting, especially from Bones' point of view, because he would exercise constantly and was obsessed with calories. It was shocking and also educational. Another thing I particularly enjoyed about this book was the love story within it! Bones and Alice were such a cute couple! I thought that there would be a happy ending, and Bones would no longer be obsessed and Alice would gain some weight. Instead, (SPOILER ALERT) she ends up disappearing. I was so sad when I read this! This is one of my favorite quotes from that book: "Missing her hurt as much as loving her. But I will never stop loving her, not as long as I live. And I will never stop dreaming about her, never stop waiting for her, never stop looking for her. Never."
--Teen Reader, Moscow Idaho
RECOVERING: I am a 20+ yr ED survivor with 24 weeks total in-patient treatment and countless more outpatient. A speaker and advocate for ED awareness, I believe Shahan's Skin and Bones MUST be placed in every middle school, high school and public library! This is so incredibly authentic without being dry and academic.
Sherry Shahan really has a gift with words and the way she leaves the reader hanging at the close of every chapter. Because they are short chapters, I kept saying one more! one more! and then I was so close to the end I stayed up till midnight to finish it. I was so engaged and hopeful for a different ending but she brought about the heartbreaking truth.
I felt a lot of emotion when I reached the last page-- so angry at this deceiving disease, which I am so grateful to have survived. And I also felt that familiar helpless feeling that is inevitable when you know someone struggling with an eating disorder who cannot see reality and does not want to get better.
Shahan's PR firm provided a copy for me to review, which I will now donate to the Eating Disorder Coalition of TN for their library.
Overall, fantastic job delivering an authentic account of what it is like to have an eating disorder and to be in treatment. Bravo!