Letting Ana Go by Anonymous

Letting Ana Go


Kobo ebook | June 4, 2013

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In the tradition of Go Ask Alice and Lucy in the Sky, a harrowing account of anorexia and addiction.

She was a good girl from a good family, with everything she could want or need. But below the surface, she felt like she could never be good enough. Like she could never live up to the expectations that surrounded her. Like she couldn’t do anything to make a change.

But there was one thing she could control completely: how much she ate. The less she ate, the better—stronger—she felt.

But it’s a dangerous game, and there is such a thing as going too far…

Her innermost thoughts and feelings are chronicled in the diary she left behind.

Title:Letting Ana GoFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 4, 2013Publisher:Simon PulseLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1442472146

ISBN - 13:9781442472143


Rated 4 out of 5 by from this was an amazing book I had read "Go Ask Alice" which was very similar to this book. I loved both of them. This book is more modern than the other book. Throughout this book, you see the changes drugs can have on a person.
Date published: 2018-04-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book This book does a great job of highlighting how easy it could be to develop anorexia, as well as how difficult recovery can be. I do advise caution when deciding to read Letting Ana Go or recommending it to someone else; this book could be very triggering.
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! Loved it and how it talks about such serious issues #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good Loved it and how it talks about such serious issues #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pulls you in scary how good and real this book is, opens your eyes a bit for serious issues like this
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating This was the most haunting of the anonymous first person tales. Anorexia is terrifying.
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WONDERFUL READ Great book love how it's set up to read it by the days such a smooth read I'd read it again forsure could use more books like this
Date published: 2015-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book changed my life I read this book for a school assignment and I can honestly say it was the perfect match for me. I never really understood anorexia until I read this book, but with a little research and digging for the deeper meaning in the book, I was impressed. Not only is this book extremely accurate ( noting every case of anorexia is different and everyone has a different experience) but is heart wrenching and tells a great story in the meantime. I would recommend this book to anyone because it can teach you so much, in regards to life and can possibly help you detect this horrid disease in someone else. This is my favourite book and it really changed my perspective on things. Ps. This book is written in journal style, but isn't cheesy, it's very realistic and leaves you wanting more.
Date published: 2015-05-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After I've said in a number of my reviews that I'm typically not a fan of books written as journal entries. I haven't read very many "issue" books either - ones that are predominantly focused on exploring a heavy area. Letting Ana Go falls under both of those categories though, which is why I'd consider it to be a book that really pushed me out of my comfort zone as a reader. And it's a good thing I did step out of my comfort zone for this one, because it was worth it. Letting Ana Go tackles challenging questions in a way that is well-developed and thoughtful, providing needed perspective on  eating disorders. Reasons to Read: 1. Perfectly paced plot: You know exactly what Letting Ana Go is about before you even start reading about it. It's very clear that Ana is going to struggle with an eating disorder. But there is such gradual development here, it's like every spring when I watch for new leaves to grow on trees. I know they're coming soon, and it's a slow process that takes a few days and I try to pay attention for all the signs... but it isn't until it's too late that you realize the leaves are all out in full bloom. That was exactly how I felt as Ana's struggle with food and her body image grew increasingly complex and problematic. The pacing is absolutely flawless, which is necessary to make this believable. 2. A surreal atmosphere: The writing style creates a very dream-like quality to the story, which is furthered along by the plot and the gradual takeover by this disorder in Ana's life. I find very few books that are able to express so much confusion, obsession, and even fear within the character's head and truly articulate these feelings onto paper (another one I'd recommend for this is Dreamland by Sarah Dessen). It's one thing for a book to tell what happened, and another thing entirely for that book to live it. Letting Ana Go lives and breathes Ana's chilling experience with anorexia. 3. There is hope in dark places: This book left me with a very heartbreaking reminder of how dangerous eating disorders are, particularly to young girls it seems. But I like that even in the midst of all of this affliction, there are glimpses of hope and goodness. Jack is one of the sweetest, most caring, and brave characters I have ever read. He isn't just a love interest, he's a friend and he's a brother. And when there were other characters that made me so frustrated with their failure to see what was going on and how to respond to it, Jack dealt with it in the best way that he could- he loved.  I'm still feeling mixed by the ending, though. To be honest, I'm not sure how I wanted or expected this book to turn out but I was disappointed by the ending. It felt hasty. It felt disconnected from the rest of the novel. This is actually one of those rare books where a cliffhanger or an open-ended conclusion would have worked very well, but it wasn't used to its potential here. The ending didn't coincide with the direction the story had taken, and doesn't merge with the viewpoints of the characters as they had changed throughout the book. Letting Ana Go brings the struggle of fighting an eating disorder to life for those unfamiliar with it, and equally sheds light on a number of problems which may have caused or contributed to anorexia creeping up on dear Ana. Ana feels like any number of girls I was friends with, grew up with, or went to school with and her mom is just as familiar in her own way. The book's strength lies in making Ana as easy to relate to as possible, so that the reader isn't left questioning why she would struggle with this. That's what is so scary about this book- I can see it happening to just about anyone I know. And none of us are entirely sure what to do about it or how to prevent it. But mostly, it's just a story about a girl, which is both beautiful and sad throughout all the good and bad changes during a few months of her life. ARC received from Simon & Schuster Canada for review; no other compensation was received. 
Date published: 2014-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So emotional and heart-breaking! The cover alone made me pass it up but once I read the description I knew I had to read it. And boy was I blown away! Letting Ana Go is one story that had to be told. We're privy to our main character's life. An athlete, a daughter, a best friend, we find her happy and healthy. All she wanted to do was lose weight, and lose weight she does.. Reading about anorexia and all its honest glory, I felt horrible that this happens to anyone. It's a disease and one can't understand that it will kill them. The thinking and mindset about food is all wrong. Instead of controlling food, food is controlling them. The author does a wonderful job with the characters. The boyfriend, the best friends, the family all come together to so their best to stop what is coming. I like how it's a diary format so it's casual and real. Her thoughts resonate and stay within you for a long time. I know I felt myself think about my own relationship with food while reading it! I do have to warn readers that the book shows the most extreme case of anorexia, so make sure you know that before getting into it! A copy was provided by the publisher for review!
Date published: 2013-11-01