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About the Book:
Title: WHAT I LOST
Author: Alexandra Ballard
Pub. Date: June 6, 2017
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
What sixteen-year-old Elizabeth has lost so far: forty pounds, four jean sizes, a boyfriend, and her peace of mind. As a result, she’s finally a size zero. She’s also the newest resident at Wallingfield, a treatment center for girls like her—girls with eating disorders. Elizabeth is determined to endure the program so she can go back home, where she plans to start restricting her food intake again.She’s pretty sure her mom, who has her own size-zero obsession, needs treatment as much as she does. Maybe even more. Then Elizabeth begins receiving mysterious packages. Are they from her ex-boyfriend, a secret admirer, or someone playing a cruel trick?
This eloquent debut novel rings with authenticity as it follows Elizabeth’s journey to taking an active role in her recovery, hoping to get back all that she lost.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy of What I Lost for an honest review.
What I Lost is powerful, emotional, and heartfelt! The book follows Elizabeth, a teen girl’s journey as she struggles with an eating disorder. I enjoyed how this book started with her going into a treatment facility and shared so many of the feelings, fears and struggles along the way.
*There may be some triggers for someone struggling with an eating disorder or self-harm.
Elizabeth hates the way she looks and struggles with her regular food intake. It has become noticeable to everyone around her that she has a problem and most are really worried about her. Her parents admit her into a treatment facility and soon Elizabeth meets new friends. She learns how to find comfort in girls who understand her and a routine.
Who is sending her mystery gifts? Can Elizabeth find the strength to continue after she is checked out of treatment?
I really liked the pacing of this book and I thought it was good for people of all ages. It can be a great talking tool. I am giving this book 4 out 5 stars.
Alexandra Ballard has worked as a magazine editor, middle-school English teacher, freelance writer, and cake maker. She holds master’s from both Columbia (journalism) and Fordham (education) and spent ten years in the classroom, beginning in the Bronx and ending up in the hills of California. Today she writes full time and lives in the Bay Area with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs. What I Lost is Alexandra’s first novel.
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