What are the best young adult eating disorder fiction books?

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    An anorexic Lia Overbrook harms herself after finding out that her best friend Cassie died of bulimia. She blames herself for not being with Cassie during the time she needed her the most and the idea to live becomes even more difficult for her.


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    Phillip Lee
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Wintergirls is a chilling disturbing story about a teenage girl who is dealing with anorexia. She had a best friend that died mysteriously and she has to deal with that. Her struggles about how many calories to eat , 100, 200, 300 calories, or will I gain too much weight is unbelievably sad. "
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    #2Just Listen

    Just Listen
    Just Listen is a book by It tells the story of Annabel from a girl who has everything to a girl who has nothing. Her best friend dumped her, and her sister is anorexic. She feels unwanted. Her life starts to change when she meets a tall, dark and music lover Owen Armstrong.

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    Muhammad Chauhan
    Written on April 28, 2018
    ""Just Listen" portrays eating disorders in a realistic and thoughtful manner. I would not say that this is one of the primary themes of the book, though, as it is not actually the main character who has an eating disorder, but rather, a close family member of hers. I cannot really think of any books off the top of my head that deal with these types of issues, though I'm sure they do exist, so I would have to give this a solid recommendation as a well-written book that also covers eating disorders in a way that the audience can relate to."
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    Identical is a young adult fiction book written by Ellen Hopkins. This book was originally published in 2008. It narrates the story of Kaeleigh and Raeanne who are twins.


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    Jennifer Newman
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This seems like a fair solution to the topic. It is a story about 2 young adults and their struggles. In the description it does not say anything right out about eating disorders but it could contain it based on the everything disclosed about it. This is a new york times best seller and is a favorite of many."
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    Skinny by Ibi Kaslik is narrated from the perspective of the two main characters, Holly and Giselle, who are also sisters.  It portrays love, pain, family relationships and dealing with acceptance. 


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    Nicholas Hughes
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "I love stories with a family touch and i would go for this anytime.Wonderful"
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    #5Keeping the Moon

    Keeping the Moon
    Keeping the Moon is a young-adult novel by Sarah Dessen that tells the story of a fat and outcast Colie. Her life has changed when she gets a job which leads to meeting two new friends that made her change the way she sees herself.

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    Anna Cheng
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "I didn't really like this book. It was very generic and plain. Wouldn't recommend."
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    Purge by Sarah Darer Littman tells the story of a girl suffering from bulimia and how she recovers from it. This book is inspired by the author's experience when she was suffering from bulimia herself and how she faced the challenges to recover.

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    Adam Tucker
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "This is such a fantastic, personal story about eating disorders that manages to get right at the heart of how this disease feels without glorifying it or making it seem "cool." I read it myself before giving it to my kid, and she's now just as moved by it as I am."
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    Massive by Julia Bell tells the story of a girl named Carmen who has a weight-conscious mother. Carmen's mother thinks that being thin means beautiful and she wants her daughter to be weight-conscious as well. This book is narrated using the first person point of view.


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    Tyler Ross
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "Pretty standard run of the mill book, nothing out of the ordinary. I found the first person narrating quite annoying, but it did work for the book. I may have enjoyed it more if it had been a third person perspective, it was kind of hard to follow."
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    Skin by Ted Dekker is a contemporary Christian horror fiction novel originally published in 2007. This book was published by Thomas Nelson. It tells the struggling story of 14-year old Donnie and his family.


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    Jason Newman
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "As someone who struggled through their teens with their weight I always wished I had a book to read about people in similar situations. Skin was a fiction novel that really hit the spot. It dealt with serious issues while maintaining a horror aspect to it."
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    Gone is a great alternative to Letgo and Offerup for iOS devices. Unlike these apps, Gone handles the delivery of the product. Just list your product, wait for an offer and, once it's accepted, Gone will pick up the item and send it to the buyer.




    Nicholas Gonzales
    Written on March 4, 2018
    "Gone is a pretty good app that helps with getting products picked up and delivered to customers. I've used it several times and it has always worked for me. Service could be a bit faster, but it is still acceptable to me."
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    #10The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend

    The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend
    The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend, is a New York Times Bestselling romantic novel by Kody Keplinger. The novel-turned-movie was published by Poppy on September 7th, 2010.

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    Christopher Mitchell
    Written on February 23, 2018
    "My son is a big fan of young adult books. I spent quite a long time looking for a young adult fiction book that features eating disorders. A review I read highly recommended The Duff which is an excellent book. "
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    #11Second Star to the Right

    Second Star to the Right

    Second Star To The Right is a fairy tale novel by Mary Alice Kruesi and Mary Alice Monroe. This contemporary romance book was originally published in 1999.


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    José Hurtado
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Second Star to the Right is a critical book for teens who might be struggling with an eating disorder. The sense of character and realism are hard hitting and will appeal to people of all ages. The issues raised here are real and significant, so I think that this book could be life saving for some. The style is also imaginative and unique, which makes it stand out in the genre. Check it out!"
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    #12Beautiful Me

    Beautiful Me
    Beautiful Me by Natasha Jennings is a journal of an anorexic 17-year-old girl named Talia. This book about eating disorder tells you what's in the mind of a person suffering from anorexia.

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    Carl Roberts
    Written on February 27, 2018
    "fits topic but not many reviews so hard to say if it is the best"
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    Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler is the first book in the Riders of the Apocalypse series. It tells the story of an anorexic 17-year old girl who is struggling to fight hunger. This book about eating disorder will touch the lives of many teens.


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    Carol Scott
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "I love this! For such a controversial genre and subject, I really like the approach here. It's a unique take, and it's fairly well-written. I pre-read it before giving it to my niece to be sure it was appropriate, and I am impressed. I also like the message it leaves you with at the end."


Best What are the best young adult eating disorder fiction books
1WintergirlsBooks 37 Paid
2Just ListenBooks 33 Paid
3IdenticalBooks 31 Paid
4SkinnyBooks 27 Paid
5Keeping the MoonBooks 26 Paid
6PurgeBooks 23 Paid
7MassiveBooks 20 Paid
8SkinBooks 14 Paid
9GoneApps 10 Free
10The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat FriendBooks 9 Paid

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