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ThinandbeautifulcomSeventeen year old Maddy has always felt a hole in her life but she has finally found a way to fill it with her uest 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 weight she realizes she is no longer alone Finally she has found a pla. As someone who has struggled with disordered eating I was very eager to dig into Thinandbeautifulcom This young adult book was written by Liane Shaw a teacher who once struggled with anorexia The story follows Maddie an anorexic teenage girl who finds herself sucked into the pro ana pro anorexia website thinandbeautifulcom Thinking no one understands how she feels about her weight and her body Maddie pushes her friends and family away finding her only comfort in the virtual arms of her online friendsThe story finds Maddie in a sort of rehab facility for eating disorders where she is told to keep a journal chronicling her descent into anorexia The action shifts back and forth between the journal entries describing how Maddie fell into anorexic thinking it all began when a doctor during a routine examination warns her to be careful about gaining unwanted pounds to the present day her time in the rehab facility and her feelings that no one understands her need to be thinner It's only when Maddie gets tragic news about one of her online friends that she begins to come to terms with the idea that she might have a problemThinandbeautifulcom starts slowly The journal format is difficult to get into partially because it didn't really feel like the words of a 17 year old girl It read like the words of an adult trying to write as if she were a 17 year old girl In fact it is reminiscent of the after school specials you might have watched in the late eightiesDescribing the descent into anorexia is difficult; the early parts of the book are slow and convoluted and don't really help to explain why someone would decide that their weight it isn't good enough no matter how thin they may be In fact as much as the early pages of this book talk about Maddie's desire to be thin and healthy there is little mention of what her actual weight currently is or what she thinks it should be Her goal is simply to be thinner but there is little behind that desire Her desire to be thin is fueled only by a vague notion that thinner is better not any idea about how her life will be different when she reaches her undefined magic goal weightI’m not saying there has to be a rational reason behind an irrational way of thinking but I do think eating disorders are usually fueled by than just a desire to be thin It’s a perception that something else is lacking or that the thinness will help the sufferer achieve something such as control That’s why I found Maddie’s struggle difficult to identify with and understandAbout halfway through the book once the journal entries reach their apex and Maddie really starts to confront her feelings about her family and her online friends the story starts to resonate You may not understand why Maddie has an eating disorder but you do understand she’s hurting and that she’s struggling to find a way to conuer her illness It is in the last third of the book that you feel the author's connection to the material; the words finally start to ring true and the book becomes genuine just when it matters mostHowever Thinandbeautifulcom is a case of too little too late Those final glimpses aren't enough to recommend the book Someone struggling with the same thoughts as Maddie may find Thinandbeautifulcom comforting but those trying to understand why someone would starve themselves will find this novel lackingReview by Jennifer Lee Johnson

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Hat come to one of her comrades in arms is enough to shock her into admitting that she does need help wwwthinandbeautifulcomLiane 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 inspired her to write this sto. 25 StarsPOTENTIAL TRIGGER WARNING Some material in this story especially the GWS chat logs could be possibly triggering for readers with sensitivities tendencies towards eating disordersTaking inspiration from her own struggles with anorexia nervosa author Liane Shaw brings readers the story of seventeen year old Maddie who comes to find herself sucked into the world of thinspiration websites These sites are a controversial area of the internet where advice and stories are shared that subtly and sometimes not so subtly encourage young women to turn to anorexia or bulimia to reach their frighteningly low goal weights When we first meet Maddie she has recently been sent to a rehab facility for eating disorder patients her official diagnosis determined to be anorexia nervosa with bulimic tendencies Though she denies she has a problem when the therapist gives her a journal to write her story in Maddie sees some benefit in the exercise as it will allow her to tell her story from her perspective so readers can choose for themselves whose side to take No joke Maddie starts from the VERY beginningas in the earliest days of childhood sharing any pivotal moments she can recall that may or may not have led her to being in this facility now Though it's not necessarily crucial to Maddie's ED story there is some comedic relief from heavier subjects in her training bra shopping story She's an 11 year old girl newly introduced to puberty goes training bra shopping with her mom and OF COURSE the two hottest guys in her class stroll into the store just as Maddie's mom is holding up various styles of boulder holders up to Maddie's chest trying to figure out what size to go with Also gotta love Maddie's rant on the term training bra What am I training them to do I didn't even ask for them and now I have to teach them tricks 😄It's not until high school that we start getting to the core of Maddie's struggles that ultimately lead her down the ED path The first big incident comes during her pre HS physical exam where a doctor tells her it wouldn't hurt to keep an eye on her food intake calorie count from here on out Maddie interprets this as the doctor lowkey calling her fat Just entering high school Maddie is not the most popular student but she's super curious as to what it must be like to be accepted into that crowd Influenced by fashion magazines social media and the like Maddie starts cutting back her portion sizes Nothing alarming at first but she gets a little addicted to the practice when she sees her clothing sizes steadily shrinking and the popular pretty girls starting to initiate conversations with her offering to do her makeup etc Maddie gradually reduces her caloric intake even to the point where she's showing early signs of malnutrition headaches stomach pains muscle aches persistent fatigue but she just can't make herself stop Even when her mother and her best friend try to voice concern Maddie tunes it out convinced some people just want to see her forever fat The unhealthy habits go one step further the night she decides to do a Wikipedia search on the topic of eating disorders While looking through that information Maddie remembers a class discussion from awhile back regarding those thinspiration sites A uick internet search pulls up pages of results for dozens of such sites most with big disclaimers that say something to the effect of this site is not here to promote eating disorders but rather simply sharing information for those who want it Though that might be what the big disclaimers at the top of the page say Maddie scrolls to the bottom of the page on one site to find a listing for about a dozen sites THOSE links in much smaller font that DO lead visitors to uestionable sites The one that most grabs her attention is you guessed it thinandbeautifulcom Through this site Maddie meets and befriends the ladies of GWS Girls Without Shadows The shared goal of all these girls is to whittle themselves down so much that they create bodies that no longer cast shadows GWS members try to be cute in their message board posts using non scary lingo to describe their methods choc tabs laxatives two finger tango self induced vomiting but the group later finds their actions have very real very life threatening conseuences Prior to that though we witness the gradual pulling away Maddie has with formerly close friends and family especially in the case of Maddie's longtime best friend AnnieWhen Annie finds out about Maddie spending so much time on the thinspiration site she tries to gently express concern and urges Maddie to seek help Not surprisingly Maddie's initial response is to get defensive and claim Annie just doesn't get it She even goes so far as to claim the GWS are now her real friends even though she's never met any of the GWS in person and she's been close with Annie since they were practically babies Then there's later a scene where Maddie's mom wakes up to what's going on and that's how we meet Maddie in rehab at the start of the book As you might expect given what we learn about Maddie pretty early on she's strongly resistant to treatment of any kind Remember she doesn't believe she's the one with the problem But also remember that this is a YA novel and in YA novels virtually any conflict can be turned around with the appearance of a cute guy Shaw delivers one in the form of Pieter aka Wolf the lone guy in Maddie's therapy group But his involvement in the story is not as surface level as you might be imagining While yes there's talk back and forth about how all the girls in therapy find him cute and mysterious and all that Wolf also helps Maddie realize some important stuff such as the usefulness in being open to therapy even group therapy With Wolf's encouragment Maddie begins to take treatment seriously and whaddayaknow turns out there is benefit in hearing the stories of others with similar struggles Wolf's backstory also serves to illustrate how males can develop an eating disorder in a world where the trouble is typically associated with female patients For the topics it addresses all the different trigger scenarios Shaw illustrates taking time to incorporate Wolf's story and show how even men are affected by ridiculous body standards often pushed by social media for all that I give this story credit But the plot itself could've been a lot tighter tension incorporated It had that yeah good start but feel through a lot of the story While Maddie does have some moving lines here and there I was hoping for the book to pack a stronger punch in general Maddie's closing thoughts left me wondering if she was really going to have any long term success with this therapy Even at story's close it seemed like she was only minimally processing all the warnings people were trying to give her

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Free download à Thinandbeautifulcom 107 ☆ Seventeen year old Maddy has always felt a hole in her life but she has finally found a way to fill it with her uest 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 weight she reaCe where she is understood Maddy uickly becomes addicted to the support and camaraderie she finds on thinandbeautifulcom Now in a rehab facility where they are trying to fix a problem she doesn't think she has Maddy's diary entries trace how she arrived at this point Angry that she is barred from accessing her online friends only the tragic conseuences t. Grade C After reading an ARC copy of Liane Shaw's thoughtful novel THE COLOR OF SILENCE I was eager to see read THINANDBEAUTIFULCOM hoping to find the same subtle insight and sensitivity Instead narrator Madison is self centered unfriendly and without depth Maddie is superficial and while on the surface eating disorders may seem superficial they are mental illnesses about the underlying issues of trauma low self esteem depression anxiety family dysfunction andor a whole host of other issues that have nothing to do with eating food and weight On the surface Maddie seemed to have it all brains looks friends and a family who loved her She believes her mother and Doctor think she's fat and that her life will be better if she loses weight Fair enough She's studied eating disorders in school and knows that pro anorexia websites are dangerous yet she finds a site where girls encourage each other to diet and claim they don't have eating disorders My understanding of such sites is that anorexia is a goal a badge of honor of sorts although the girls on this site seem to believe they just want to be thin Okay maybe Shaw decided to go with this theory Instead of being in denial Madison seemed clueless lacking all insight Not only was Maddie not introspective but she was overtly unkind to her family and friends especially her best friendThe treatment center bore no resemblance to any psych hospital or eating disorder treatment facility that would be licensed to operate in the USA Everything from eating to attending groups was voluntary Madison didn't have a roommate possible in some upscale centers but she was allowed to stay in her room all day and write in her journal She wasn't even reuires to go to the cafeteria for meals Shaw could have done better research about the types of therapies that structure inpatient hospitalizations The ending was beyond clichéd Can there be a book about eating disorders without a Big Event that causes the main character to have a proverbial lightbulb go off in her head and develop an instantaneous desire to embrace recovery THEMES friendship mental health eating disorders anorexia bulimia family friendshipTHINANDBEAUTIFULCOM is a forgettable story of a teenager resisting recovery from anorexia in a treatment facility