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TOUGH ISSUES: Weighty Matters: Body Issues

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

Frazer, Megan.

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-

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-

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.

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-

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.

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-

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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-

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.

Skin Teen Book Skin

Vrettos, Adrienne Maria.

When his parents decide to separate, eighth-grader Donnie watches with horror as the physical condition of his sixteen-year old sister, Karen, deteriorates due to an eating disorder.

Food, girls, and other things I can't have : a novel Teen Book Food, girls, and other things I can't have : a novel

Zadoff, Allen.

Fifteen-year-old Andrew Zansky, the second fattest student at his high school, joins the varsity football team to get the attention of a new girl on whom he has a crush.

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