Friday, May 09, 2014
Letting Ana Go, by Anonymous
The author has drawn out a pretty classic text-book case of anorexia nervosa (perhaps a bit more eager to blame the grown-ups than the media that normally gets the nod). It's a book with a mission (one that few of us would disagree with) but not much to sell it. The characters and story exist to scare or warn the reader of the perils of eating disorders. It seems unlikely that most young readers would be unfamiliar with the concept already.
If not original, is it still a story worth repeating? If someone reading this book learns enough from doing so that a death is averted, than some good will have been done. The problem, I fear, is that the book probably can't do that for the simple reason that the story illustrates so well: the behavior is not rational.