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Novel exposes the world of “thinspiration” websites, where members encourage each other’s eating disorders.

When Maddie comes across pro-anorexia website, she finally finds the respect and support she feels she doesn’t get from her family and friends. But when they send her to a rehab facility, Maddie refuses to believe she needs help.

Praise & Recognition

A great read for all preteen and teen girls. Editor's Pick, Canadian Living
Liane Shaw, who has battled anorexia herself, spins Maddie’s treatment – as she progresses from delusions to tough realizations – into an absorbing psychological drama...through clear and unflinching storytelling, Shaw takes her readers deep into the labyrinthine psyche of a young girl battling an eating disorder. Quill & Quire
I couldn’t help but ache for Maddie, and for her family and friends who are desperate to help Liane Shaw does a good job of capturing Maddie’s emotion and is an affecting and accurate depiction of an eating disorder victim. Anyone suffering with an eating disorder, or anyone who knows someone who is, will benefit from reading Maddie’s story. Erin Explores YA
The best thing about this story is the authenticity of the online culture depicted--and it's a sympathetic portrayal, as well. Though we know as readers that all of the GWS girls are deceiving themselves and each other, there is clearly no malice, just as great deal of pathetic self-delusion. Blog from the Windowsill
I found myself actually quite relating to Maddie in terms of meeting like-minded people online. I think Shaw captured this realistically, and I found myself a bit sad at the end when Maddie gets one of the biggest shocks of her life. STACKED blog
I could not put this book down. It left me needing a few deep breaths and a little shaky. It's listed as being semi-biographical, as the author herself has dealt with eating disorders. Okay, this really hit home. Pencil-Pushers and Ink-Splotches Book Blog
With well-developed characters in the mix of family and friends who engage with this young woman, teenaged readers have the opportunity to enjoy a strong story while at the same time learn about an illness that may hit close to home. The National Post
Author Liane Shaw presents the all too common problems of anorexia and bulimia in stark detail as she helps Maddie tell her story. The excuses and denial typical of those with eating disorders is made plain for all to see. Anyone suffering with one or both of these disorders, or anyone who knows someone who is, will benefit from reading Maddie's story.
Inspired by her own battle with anorexia, author Liane Shaw paints a darkly desperate and yet hopeful account of one girl’s struggle with her body image... a brave book that succeeds in both being a compelling read and a great tool to spark a dialogue among teens around beauty, media pressure and the effects it has on us all. Canadian Bookseller
With well developed characters in the mix of family and friends who engage with this young woman, readers have the opportunity to enjoy a strong story while at the same time learning about an illness that may hit close to home. Highly recommended. Saskatoon StarPhoenix is particularly informative and inspirational for teens dealing with low self-esteem and eating disorders. This book would be an excellent addition to a young adult fiction collection. Recommended. Library Media Collection
Shaw's experience shines through to deftly capture the less well-known elements of disordered eating: self-imposed social isolation, the physical sensations of a shrinking and starving body and, above all, the insistence that the anorexia sufferer is normal - everyone else is crazy. Herizons Magazine
Realistic in detailing how an individual can travel from wanting to lose a few pounds to becoming quite ill...By the end of the novel, the reader is left with a feeling of hope...Good for teenagers who are trying to recover from an eating disorder, who have had a friend with an eating disorder or who are looking for an interesting story about a common teen issue. Resource Links


Publication Date: January 1, 2009

Reading Age: 13 - 19

Genre: Teen Fiction

Product Format: E-book – EPUB

Pages: 272

ISBN: 978-1-926739-14-4

Liane Shaw

About the Author

Liane Shaw

Liane Shaw is the author of three novels for teens:, Fostergirls, and The Color of Silence. This is her first work of nonfiction. Liane was an educator for more than 20 years, both in the classroom and as a special education resource teacher. She spent several years working with students with behavioral and emotional issues. She was later hired as a consultant to help teachers and principals deal with students with special challenges. Now retired from teaching, Liane lives with her family in the Ottawa Valley.
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