6 Best Books About Eating Disorders Ya Update 05/2022

Books About Eating Disorders Ya

The best way to find a new book for Eating Disorder Awareness Month is to read reviews of my favorite books about anorexia.

Reading stories of others and knowing that you—or someone you love—is not alone can be a powerful way to cope. There is a special power in telling our stories to each other. Ask other Weight Watchers at a meeting. What can you ask someone who has been in a healing group?

When people read books about eating disorders, they can learn what the symptoms and behaviors look like. This can even help save lives. By telling a good story, someone may be able to see that something is wrong in their own life or in the life of one of their friends, and this can make them want to get help.

When it comes to young adult books about eating disorders, which ones should you read first? To see why adults love YA, check out my post on 13 Reasons Why Adults Love Reading YA.

Hollow Beauty by Khristina Chess

Hollow Beauty by Khristina Chess

A romantic love triangle that will be a hit with fans of the show. As a story about insecurity and the power of words, “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” is a good one to read.

During the two months before the prom, Olivia is told by Brody that she should lose weight. She’s excited, until he tells her that he wants her to lose weight.

Isn’t it too thin?

Body’s comment sends Olivia on a spiral of dangerously rapid weight loss that borders on anorexia. As her weight goes down, her friendship with Ross, the new prep cook at the diner where she works, grows stronger. He has a mysterious limp, but he doesn’t have low self-esteem like she does. She can’t even look at herself in the mirror anymore. Only when she goes riding dirt bikes and cave-hunting with Ross does she not feel ugly or fat. But with Brody, she doesn’t find romance and true love. Instead, she feels like a scared rabbit that he’s going to eat.

As soon as the unthinkable happens, she’s almost thin enough to be beautiful for the prom. This is how it works:

If you like stories about body image and self-esteem, you won’t want to miss this one.

The Stone Girl by Alyssa Sheinmel

One of the best books on anorexia and eating disorders.

This little book is a quick read, and its small size seems to match the shape of the main character, Sethie Weiss, who is very thin. She’s so different from everyone else that it’s almost impossible to like her. People think she’s very cold, made of stone, and not in touch with herself in any way. There are too many bad decisions that she makes. For a long time, it’s hard to figure out that Sethie’s pain is a part of the perfectionist state she’s put herself in. The things she does and says are linked to her illness.

It’s not good for Sethie to be with Shaw. As the relationship gets worse, her weight goes down and her health gets worse. Because she doesn’t seem to care about herself or anything else, the third person voice fits.

In the end, I was really rooting for her to win. I wanted her to be a real girl again. This is what I wanted.

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

The best YA book about eating disorders and anorexia.

In this book, everything is stark, beautiful, and painful. Laurie Halse Anderson writes about a lot of hard things, and her book Wintergirls talks about eating disorders, friendship, grief, loss, and recovery. She died. He or she also suffers from guilt and a low weight.

It can be hard to follow the book at times, but this seemed to match Lia’s mood. I was often uncomfortable while I was reading this story, which I think was the point of it.

Wintergirls, a young adult book, talks about competitive eating disorders, which can be very bad for people. As the book starts, Lia’s best friend Cassie, who had bulimia, has been found dead. Lia has to deal with her anorexia and the guilt of her friend’s death at the same time. It’s interesting to see how Lia looks at food and her body in a different way from people who don’t have her disorder.

Elena Vanishing by Elena and Clare B. Dunkle

Elena Vanishing by Elena and Clare B. Dunkle

Elena Vanishing was written by a mother and daughter team as a way for them to deal with their daughter’s anorexia, so they wrote the book. For the past five years, it has been told entirely from Elena’s point of view. With the help of her mother, Clare, who is a best-selling author, she gives a very personal look into the anxiety that she has been struggling with.

Bonus Round: Memoir Recommendations

Besides these three young adult books about eating disorders, there is one memoirist who stands out above the rest: Caroline Knapp. Caroline isn’t a YA author, but her anorexia is talked about in The Merry Recluse, Appetites: Why Women Want, and even a little in Drinking: A Love Story. In general, her work is very good. It’s funny, honest, challenging, and all-around great The highlighter marks on my copies of her books make them look bad, but I give her 5 stars all the time.

The anorexic starves herself to show how hungry and vulnerable she is. The extremes say, “This is who I am, this is how I feel, and this is what happens when I don’t get what I want.” Using quadraphonic sound, they give voice to that most important desire, which is to be known and loved for who you are. They also give voice to the sorrow that grows when that desire isn’t met. Food: Why Women Want It, by Caroline Knapp

Don’t wait 40 years to learn the lesson that I have learned: You are enough. You’re small, good, and smart enough. Isn’t who you are based on the number on the scale?

Other YA Books about Anorexia and Eating Disorders

Goodreads also has two great lists of books about anorexia and eating disorders: YA Fiction about Eating Disorders and Best Books about Eating Disorders.

Here are some of the things I’d like you to tell me about in the comments.

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