Seventeen-year-old Stevie is trapped. In her life. In her body. And now in an eating-disorder treatment center on the dusty outskirts of the New Mexico desert.
Life in the center is regimented and intrusive, a nightmare come true. Nurses and therapists watch Stevie at mealtime, accompany her to the bathroom, and challenge her to eat the foods she's worked so hard to avoid.
Her dad has signed her up for sixty days of treatment. But what no one knows is that Stevie doesn't plan to stay that long. There are only twenty-seven days until the anniversary of her brother Josh's death—the death she caused. And if Stevie gets her way, there are only twenty-seven days until she too will end her life.
In this emotionally haunting and beautifully written young adult debut, Meg Haston delves into the devastating impact of trauma and loss, while posing the question: Why are some consumed by their illness while others embark on a path toward recovery?
This was a pretty heart-wrenching book. A book about loss, and how some people cope with it, but also a book about eating disorders, after all, Stevie is sent to a facility to help people deal with food, and how to get better.
I knew that Stevie didn't actually kill her brother. But the story about how he died, that was something that I wanted to know. And it's something that Stevie told through writing it down, and reliving the memories.
The relationship with Eden was toxic. Stevie realized that too late, and that really sucks, because some of the damage had been done-her brother was dead after seeing Eden and Stevie kiss, even though he'd told Stevie that he might love Eden. But not all the damage-Stevie was still alive.
I really enjoyed her therapist, Anne, because she was a really great and caring character. She cared about Stevie, and when she learned that Stevie wanted to kill herself, she cried. I also really enjoyed Ashley, and her journey-Stevie was really close to her!
Favourite lines: To be added after publication, and I remember to!
Such a great book about grief and pain, and eating disorders, of Stevie's journey from red, to hopefully yellow, and then seeing another start the journey! Such a great powerful healing book!
Author: Meg Haston
Read: May 26th, 2015
Reason Why: Looked really fantastic, and it's a DAC Book, SAC 2015 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Harper Teen
Expected Publication: July 7th 2015