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by Madeleine George

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: June 12th, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-670-06167-9
Publisher: Viking

Even though Meghan is fat and Aimee is thin, they have a lot in common: Both use food to cauterize pain and both feel deeply wronged by the same girl. Together, they seek revenge. Meghan’s not just fat—she’s vast, enormous. Silently, she navigates Valley High’s hallways like an unreadable ocean liner. In contrast, Aimee darts from class to class, flinty, fierce and guarded. She’s hound-dog skinny, with sharp bones protruding at her shoulders and knees. George extracts adolescent fears and coping mechanisms with surgical precision. Her startling emotional and physical portraits leave readers captivated. Teens will instantly understand why Meghan and Aimee seek invisibility: When unseen, one’s far less likely to be hurt or exposed. Readers living with eating disorders will find unflinching accounts of binges and starvation as well. Luminous language places teens inside Meghan’s and Aimee’s struggling minds and bodies. (Fiction. 14 & up)