Dancing with Ana by Nicole Barker

Beth and her BFF’s - Rachel, Melanie and Jenny - make a pact to lose weight.. Nothing to drastic, just a couple of pounds. But what starts off as a goal of "a couple of pounds" quickly spins out of control leading Beth down a road that can be quite hazardous to her health.

The characters in this book were very real. The mind frame is definitely that of a teenaged girl. Their conversations and scenarios were exactly what you would encounter in any high school. I found it interesting that although on the outside Beth seemed like your average teenage girl (she has wonderful friends, a fantastic body, and her cute neighbor boy who likes her), yet there was so much turmoil going on inside her. It touched on a subject that affects a lot of today’s youth - anorexia. I think parents should definitely read this and have their young teen/tween daughters read this as well, especially if they are facing an eating disorder.

I enjoyed this quick read (only 170 pages) very much. Ms. Barker’s writing is simple and neat. Her characters are very realistic and likeable. It really makes you wonder about the pressures teens face today. This is definitely worth reading.


Juju from Tales of Whimsy said...

Great review.

Crystal said...

Love the review - I really liked this books also. I think it was great to read to help clue me in on teenagers today even though I have 5 more years before my first hits 13 (and I have boys who have their own set of problems.)

kalea_kane said...

Great review. I haven't read this book, but I think that this is an issue that cannot be covered enough.

Thanks for the review!

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