But here's where the book grabbed me and didn't let go: Ann is fierce! She is not going to wallow in self-pity. She is not going to fail. She is nothing short of awesome.
Ann is so real as a character. Yes, she gets upset while trying to bathing suit shop with her mom. But she doesn't let that completely stop her. No. She decides to do something about it and join a weight-loss program. Her "best friend" Cassie has kind of fallen off the radar lately. Does Ann wallow? No. She moves on. I just love how she's so self-assured. Such as when she applies for a job at a clothing store, even though she's too large to fit into their designer clothes. And when she goes to two separate pool parties, even though she knows she's not rocking a magazine-ready bikini bod.
Just a small sort-of random bit: I loved when Ann throws away the weight loss pill after they make her shaky. Thank you, thank you, thank you K.A. Barson for making it a point for your character to try weight loss without scary pills!
There is so so so much more to this book than I'd ever be able to cover in a review! It brings eating disorders of both types into the conversation, which is great; and it does it without being preachy! And the ending is nice, but not unrealistic. Not every problem is completely wrapped up in a bow, but life is slightly better. I read this nearly in one sitting and will definitely be recommending it.