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TOUGH ISSUES: Weighty Matters: Body Issues

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Does this book make me look fat? Teen Book Does this book make me look fat?


TEEN DOES TH

How often do you find yourself looking in the mirror? And smiling at what you see? More likely, you're thinking what you see is: Fat, Ugly, Skinny, Round, Stacked or Flat, Bad or Good. From reality television to tabloid headlines, we're all surrounded by weight and discussion of weight. In this collection, a stellar lineup of YA writers sound off on body image., self-esteem, diets, eating disorders, boys, fashion magazines, and why trying on jeans is a bad experience for everyone.




Letting Ana go Teen Book Letting Ana go


TEEN LETTING

Required by her cross-country coach to keep a food diary, an insecure teen finds that writing helps organize her thoughts, especially about issues that she, her best friend, and her mother face related to weight and eating.




Wintergirls Teen Book Wintergirls

Anderson, Laurie Halse.
TEEN ANDERSO

Eighteen-year-old Lia comes to terms with her best friend's death from anorexia as she struggles with the same disorder.




Mercy, unbound Teen Book Mercy, unbound

Antieau, Kim.
TEEN ANTIEAU

Mercy O'Connor is becoming an angel. She can feel her wings sprouting from her shoulder blades. They itch. Sometimes she even hears them rustling. And angels don't need to eat. So Mercy has decided she doesn't need to either. She is not sick, doesn't suffer from anorexia, is not trying to kill herself. She is an angel, and angels simply don't need food. When her parents send her to an eating disorder clinic, Mercy is scared and confused. She isn't like the other girls who are so obviously sick. If people could just see her wings, they would know. But her wings don't come and Mercy begins to have doubts. What if she isn't really an angel? What if she's just a girl? What if she is killing herself? Can she stop?




This book isn't fat, it's fabulous Teen Book This book isn't fat, it's fabulous

Beck, Nina.
TEEN BECK

Sixteen-year-old Riley Swain, pushed into spending Spring Break at an upstate New York "fat farm" by her father's fiance?e, is happy with her weight but finds she has a lot to learn about friendship and love.




Teenage waistland : a novel Teen Book Teenage waistland : a novel

Biederman, Lynn.
TEEN BIEDERM

In their separate voices, three morbidly obese New York City teens relate their experiences participating in a clinical trial testing lap-band surgery for teenagers, which involves a year of weekly meetings and learning to live healthier lives.




Fat Cat Teen Book Fat Cat

Brande, Robin.
TEEN BRANDE

Overweight teenage Catherine embarks on a high school science project in which she must emulate the ways of hominims, the earliest ancestors of human beings, by eating an all-natural diet and foregoing technology.




Fat Angie Teen Book Fat Angie

Charlton-Trujillo, e. E., author.
TEEN CHARLTO

Fat Angie's sister was captured in Iraq, she's the resident laughingstock at school, and her therapist tells her to count instead of eat. Can a daring new girl in her life really change anything?




Pointe Teen Book Pointe

Colbert, Brandy, author.
TEEN COLBERT

Theo is better now. She's eating again, dating guys who are almost appropriate, and well on her way to becoming an elite ballet dancer. But when her oldest friend, Donovan, returns home after spending four long years with his kidnapper, Theo starts reliving memories about his abduction...and his abductor. Donovan isn't talking about what happened, and even though Theo knows she didn't do anything wrong, telling the truth would put everything she's been living for at risk. But keeping quiet might be worse.




Staying fat for Sarah Byrnes Teen Book Staying fat for Sarah Byrnes

Crutcher, Chris.
TEEN CRUTCHE

High school senior Eric Calhoune was a fat kid -- a really fat kid -- but has slimmed down since joining the swim team. Now the same people who used to call him "Moby" (as in Moby Dick, the whale) want to be his friends, but Eric remains loyal to Sarah Byrnes, who knows what it's like to be an outcast.




Secrets of truth & beauty Teen Book Secrets of truth & beauty

Frazer, Megan.
TEEN FRAZER

Former "Little Miss Maine" Dara Cohen isn't so little anymore; she's now a plus-sized teen and has no problem with that fact. But when she dares to comment on society's obsession with thinness in a video that she makes for her English class, she gets in major trouble at school and with her parents. Fed up, Dara goes to visit her estranged sister Rachel, whom she's never met, at the rural collective (and goat farm) where Rachel lives and works -- and gets a whole new perspective on life.




Nothing Teen Book Nothing

Friedman, Robin, 1968-
TEEN FRIEDMA

Despite his outward image of popular, attractive high-achiever bound for the Ivy League college of his father's dreams, high school senior Parker sees himself as a fat, unattractive failure and finds relief for his overwhelming anxieties in ever-increasing bouts of binging and purging.




Perfect Teen Book Perfect

Friend, Natasha, 1972-
TEEN FRIEND

Following the death of her father, a thirteen-year-old uses bulimia as a way to avoid her mother's and ten-year-old sister's grief, as well as her own.




Looks Teen Book Looks

George, Madeleine.
TEEN GEORGE

Two high school girls, one an anorexic poet and the other an obese loner, form an unlikely friendship.




Pretty face Teen Book Pretty face

Hogan, Mary, 1957-
TEEN HOGAN

When an overweight high school student from Santa Monica spends the summer in Italy, she learns to relish life and understand the true meaning of beauty.




Perfect Teen Book Perfect

Hopkins, Ellen.
TEEN HOPKINS

Northern Nevada teenagers Cara, Kendra, Sean, and Andre, tell in their own voices of their very different paths toward perfection and how their goals change when tragedy strikes.




Skinny Teen Book Skinny

Kaslik, Ibi, 1973-
TEEN KASLIK

After the death of their father, two sisters struggle with various issues, including their family history, personal relationships, and an extreme eating disorder.




Hunger Teen Book Hunger

Kessler, Jackie Morse.
TEEN KESSLER

Seventeen-year-old Lisabeth has anorexia, and even turning into Famine--one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse--cannot keep her from feeling fat and worthless.




Purge Teen Book Purge

Littman, Sarah.
TEEN LITTMAN

When her parents check sixteen-year-old Janie into Golden Slopes to help her recover from her bulimia, she discovers that she must talk about things she has admitted to no one--not even herself.




The earth, my butt, and other big, round things Teen Book The earth, my butt, and other big, round things

Mackler, Carolyn.
TEEN MACKLER

Virginia Shreves is insecure -- and comparing herself to the tall, dark, and slender over-achievers who make up the rest of her family doesn't help. Add in even more criticism than usual from her exercise-obsessed mom and the fact that Virginia's best friend has moved away, and it's sure be a bad year of epic proportions. Or is it?




A trick of the light Teen Book A trick of the light

Metzger, Lois.
TEEN METZGER

Mike Welles had everything under control. He was a good student, an outfielder on the baseball team, a good son, a loyal friend. But that was before. Now things are rough at home, and they're getting confusing at school. He's losing his sense of direction, and he feels like a mess. Then there's a voice in his head. A friend, trying to help him regain control. More than that: The voice can guide him to become better and stronger than he was before, to rid his life of everything holding him back. To figure out who he is again. If only Mike will listen.




Zoe letting go : [a novel] Teen Book Zoe letting go : [a novel]

Price, Nora.
TEEN PRICE

To Zoe, her own mother had made an absurd mistake leaving Zoe at Twin Oaks Institute, a place that treats girls with eating disorders. Her only solace is to pour her heart into long letters to her former best friend.




Clean Teen Book Clean

Reed, Amy Lynn.
TEEN REED

A group of teens in a Seattle-area rehabilitation center form an unlikely friendship as they begin to focus less on their own problems with drugs (including alcohol) by reaching out to help a new member, who seems to have even deeper issues to resolve.




Artichoke's heart Teen Book Artichoke's heart

Supplee, Suzanne.
TEEN SUPPLEE

When she is almost sixteen years old, Rosemary decides she is sick of being overweight, mocked at school and at Heavenly Hair--her mother's beauty salon--and feeling out of control, and as she slowly loses weight, she realizes that she is able to cope with her mother's cancer, having a boyfriend for the first time, and discovering that other people's lives are not as perfect as they seem from the outside.




Big fat manifesto Teen Book Big fat manifesto

Vaught, Susan, 1965-
TEEN VAUGHT

Overweight, self-assured, high school senior Jamie Carcaterra writes in the school newspaper about her own attitude to being fat, her boyfriend's bariatric surgery, and her struggles to be taken seriously in a very thin world.




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