Saturday, 1 August 2015


Synopsis (from Goodreads

Pages: 304
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Released: 2nd of July 2015

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

 Struggling to deal with her brother's death and a past she refuses to confront, Stevie knows she has problems. But she's still furious about the fact that she's been packed off to a health clinic, in the middle of nowhere, where mobile phones are banned and communication with the outside world is strictly by permission only. The regimented and obtrusive nature of the clinic and its staff is torture to the deeply private, obstinate Stevie - and don't even get her started on the other 'inmates'. All she wants is to be left alone...

 But as Stevie is about to find out, life is full of surprises. And she will prove herself stronger than she knows - even when her past finally catches her up in the most shocking and brutal way possible.

What I Have To Say 

I really enjoyed this book. I've not read much about eating disorders before, especially not as severe. It was really interesting to see how much variety there is between the different girls as well as the organisation and ways they tried to treat it. 

The main characters voice was really strong. The way that her sense of identity was wrapped up in her illness made it really powerful. There was always this struggle between wanting to be seen as anorexic, wanting to die and wanting to just give up and submit to treatment. 

I liked the flashbacks too. It's become a bit of a trope in YA to start a story in the middle and show how the character got there though flashbacks. But I think that when dealing with mental health, it can be a really effective format especially when the character is working through trauma as they spend a lot of time stuck in the past. 

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