Friday, March 8, 2019

Good Enough by Jen Petro-Roy

Riley knows she is fat so she really doesn't understand why her parents would insist that she enter a program for teens with eating disorders.  Ever since a girl at school made fun of her for being large, Riley has been losing weight and exercising obsessively.  Resentful about being sent to treatment, worried about gaining weight, and forced to live with an angry roommate, Riley nevertheless finds herself entertaining the idea of not obsessing about her weight anymore.  But despite seeing a possible future that she likes, Riley finds herself pulled back into destructive habits and thought processes by her roommate and her family.

Petro-Roy's writing sneaks up on you with her straightforward sentences that really convey a lot.  Riley's journal takes the reader into the mind of someone fighting anorexia with both the desire to and the terrifying fear of getting better.  And since Petro-Roy is an eating disorder survivor herself, I assume the feelings she has included are authentic.  The book doesn't just cover Riley's feelings about things, it also includes the reactions of friends and family who totally don't understand why Riley doesn't just eat more and don't see their role in her struggles.  This is a really great look inside the mind of someone with anorexia without being lurid.

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