Thursday, June 10, 2010
By Liane Shaw
Genre: Eating Disorders Junior Fiction
This book is inspired by a teacher, Liane Shaw and her own battle with anorexia.
17 year old Maddie has always felt a hole in her life, but she thinks she has found a way to fill it with a quest to mold her body into the the thinest shape possible. Where can she go for support on her quest.. the internet. Maddie logs onto 'thinspiration" websites, where young people encourage and show each other how to lose weight. They become the GWS, girls without shadows.
Maddie ends up in rehab, refusing to accept help until a tragedy challenges her about having to change her mind.
My niece has anorexia and she has accessed these web sites herself, they have impacted her in a dangerous way, this story although fiction, is very true for many young woman today.