Riley vowed then and there that she would lose all the weight that she could and become a fierce competitor in track and field. Because of her extreme des Have you ever felt like you weren't good enough? Because of her extreme desire, Riley developed an eating disorder called anorexia. She began to alienate her friends, her family, and even food to achieve her goal. Her parents began to fear for her health so they admitted her to a hospital to receive treatment for this disorder. She is so not happy at first, but as she begins to delve deeper into herself through the help of the therapist, Riley learns that she has so much more to overcome that just eating food.
Does Riley have the strength to fight the chaos that is living inside her? Can her new friends at the hospital help her or are the battles they are fighting going to bring her down? Will Riley's relationships with her family and friends ever be the same again? Read this incredible story of one girl's journey to finding herself and possibly her freedom!
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This book is absolutely amazing! From page one you begin the journey with Riley and it doesn't stop at the last page. Riley's story grabs hold of you and doesn't let go. I found myself crying with her, laughing with her, and cheering for her. I have never dealt with this disorder in my life but I know there are so many people, including children, who are going through this right now, even in my own school.
It is so great to have a book that they can read to know that they are not alone and that there is help out there. Jen Petro-Roy has now had two knock-out books and I expect many, many more from her. Do not miss this incredible story of family, friendship, and finding the strength in yourself to overcome even the darkest of days! Feb 22, PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. At first she fights recovery, then takes tentative and finally more concrete steps to take back her life.
There was never any doubt Riley would recover. Riley, a likable main char 2. Riley, a likable main character, narrates with a sincere and sometimes sarcastic voice. Petro-Roy did a good job illustrating different types of eating disorder with the similarities and differences in the underlying issues. Much of the story revolves around what Riley is thinking. The girls in the program do discuss coverage and money, but not in a manner that bears any relationship to actual insurance issues. Rating: 4. It's been over 25 years since my inpatient treatment for disordered eating, but Petro-Roy's depiction of Riley's battle with ED eating disorder immediately brought me back to my own struggle.
I applaud the author's decision to write this story in journal format, because it was the perfect way to clearly capture and communicate Riley's emotions. She skillfully depicted th Rating: 4. She skillfully depicted the sadness, loneliness, anxiety, desperation, and shame that results from this disease. She explored the secretive nature of it, and how it forces the one suffering from the disorder to withdraw from their life.
Riley often lamented giving up things, activities, and people who made her happy in order to protect her secret. This part was so honest and really hit home with me. I loved the way Petro-Roy laid out Riley's recovery as well. I don't think people realize how difficult it is to wage a war with an eating disorder. They need to make peace with this enemy, and it's a very, very difficult thing to do. Riley's struggle was authentic, and because of that, her recovery was not all rainbows and unicorns. It was difficult, and it was hard work, and this was addressed very well in the book.
Another thing I personally connected with and, thought was done really well, was the way Riley's family and friends reacted to her illness. I remember my own sister coming to visit me in the hospital, and asking me, "Why can't you just eat and be happy? There were a lot of other reactions from her friends and family, which aligned with my own experiences, and I really appreciated that some time was dedicated to this in the story.
Finally, it was extremely rewarding to watch Riley progress. The war against ED is fought on the battlefield of the mind, and this can be a very difficult place to win any skirmishes. That push and pull of conflicting emotions and clashing wants and needs were omnipresent in Riley's story.
I was so proud of Riley as she fought back against the negative and tried to embrace the positive. I was also proud of the way she opened up and began to assert her wants and needs to her family and friends. All were such important parts of her recovery. When I started this book, I immediately thought it brilliantly captured the emotions and experiences of someone suffering from an eating disorder. When I finished the book, I thought it would be a fantastic book for the friends and family of someone with this illness, because it would give them great insight and maybe help them understand what it's like to have an eating disorder.
Overall: A wonderfully written and emotional look into the mind of a young anoretic as she works towards recovery. Mar 13, Cassie Thomas rated it it was amazing. A story that will change lives. Jun 14, Karley rated it it was amazing. I thought this book was really good!
Really sad though. I still would highly recommend it! Dec 19, Cindy rated it it was amazing Shelves: contemporary , , middle-grade. I had the privilege of reading an early draft of this, and loved it SO much. Riley has such a fierce and indomitable spirit, and seeing her learn to make peace with who she is is incredible.
I can't wait until this one's out in the world! After reaching a medical crisis point the teen is forced into treatment where she is initially resistant but, with the help of a compassionate sagacious therapist, she slowly begins to eat and is miraculously cured. Cue appropriate empowering music.
Therefore, I began Good Enough with a jaded perspective.
Based on prior literary depictions, the snowflake worthy title, and an incredibly ugly mustard colored cover, I held out little hope for this novel. To my surprise, Good Enough actually did eating disorders justice. The book follows twelve-year-old protagonist, Riley, during her stay in an inpatient hospital eating disorder unit. Riley's narration of the struggle between a desire to recover and the fears she has surrounding food and weight rang true.
Furthermore, the inpatient unit's program closely resembles the way many treatment centers are ran. I applaud author Jen Petro-Roy for refraining from mentioning specific numbers in relation to calories or weight as well as rarely mentioning the types of food Riley consumes.
Even better, Riley's therapist emphasizes the fact that eating disorders are biologically based diseases. They are not caused by the media or enmeshed families or trauma. They are not simply diets that get a little out of hand. Those factors may be the catalyst to an individual's initial reduction in food intake but it is this energy deficit that triggers the genetic response in individuals prone to anorexia.
Talk therapy can not heal this deficit. The only way out is through nutritional rehabilitation and neural rewiring. Therapy may be beneficial to some individuals as a means of encouragement and support. I appreciate that Riley made progress primarily through a consistent intake of food and the accountability of being in a supervised facility. Her progress is not linear and she does stumble along the way. There are no "burning bush" moments, just a slow upward climb towards a life without restriction.
This book is not perfect, there are bits and pieces I would have changed. However, overall, it is one of the few fictional accounts of an eating disorder that actually hit the mark. Hopefully, with time, the stereotypes of yore will fall by the wayside and the focus will shift from treating people with eating disorders through talk therapy and self-esteem building exercises to treating them with food. Apr 07, Jenn Bishop rated it it was amazing. Reading Riley's story helped me understand how an eating disorder feels from the inside. Her recovery isn't a straight line, which I'm sure is true to life, and for those struggling in recovery, that aspect will be particularly resonant.
I appreciated the scenes with Riley and her therapist Willow, as she unpacks the issues that contributed to her eating disorder. This book will be especially meaningful for young people and their families Reading Riley's story helped me understand how an eating disorder feels from the inside. This book will be especially meaningful for young people and their families navigating similar experiences, but also for friends. The Josies and Emersons Riley's friends of the world need this book just as well, to better understand what their friends are struggling with.
A life-saving book for young readers.
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Mar 30, Pat rated it it was amazing. I just finished this book, and I applaud its author for having the courage to write it and raise the awareness of eating disorders. The book contains a wonderful, realistic story that emphasizes self esteem and healthy behaviors that lead to actually living instead of being afraid. It can serve as a window for those who don't know about eating disorders, or as a mirror for those who do and need to see themselves as the amazing people they are.
May 31, Kellie Cruz rated it it was amazing. A perfect middle school book about eating disorders and the road to recovery. I am so glad this book was written so I can put it in the hands and hearts of those who are struggling and those students who want to learn more and help. Thank you! I'm sure I won't be the only reader who wishes this book had been written when I was growing up. It's honest, filled with details, and yet ends on a hopeful note. For anyone who's struggled with an eating disorder from one side of the spectrum to the other, this book reminds us that we are good enough, and that we should not allow ourselves to be defined by our body size or the numbers on the scale.
Twelve-year-old Riley struggles with perfectionism and a need to please her parents while often f I'm sure I won't be the only reader who wishes this book had been written when I was growing up. Twelve-year-old Riley struggles with perfectionism and a need to please her parents while often feeling that she cannot measure up to their expectations or to her little sister's gymnastics talent.
When an unexpected incident at school sends her spiraling into a frenzy of self-loathing, Riley becomes obsessed with her weight, reducing her food portions and running in order to rid herself of calories. The book chronicles her nearly two-month journey to recovery with the expected denial, ups and downs, and slips. Part of this book is heartbreaking as the author describes how Riley was belittled by some classmates before going into treatment and how her parents seem clueless as to how to help, but the author doesn't miss a beat in describing how tough but rewarding the road back to health is.
I rooted for Riley every step of the way, and I'd suggest that every preadolescent and teen girl read this book. Balancing those Reasons to Recover with those Reasons to Stay Sick was a powerful exercise that might have use for all of us. Thank you, Jen Petro-Roy, for writing this important book. Mar 06, Lisa Welch rated it really liked it.
An excellent middle grade novel about a girl and her battle with an eating disorder. It's written by an ownvoices author, and that is so evident in the writing. The metaphors and comparisons make the experience so much more relatable to those who do not have an eating disorder and are struggling to understand. Mar 30, Susan rated it really liked it.
Thank you to the publisher and the author for the review copies of these books. All opinions are my own. First of all, I would like to give this four and a half stars. These amazing ownvoices books offer a glimpse into the world of eating disorders. She gradually shares incidents in her past that led her do Thank you to the publisher and the author for the review copies of these books.
She gradually shares incidents in her past that led her down the path to becoming obsessed with being thin. You will gain an understanding of how very, very hard it is to recover from an eating disorder. This is a book that not only needs to be in all middle school and high school libraries, but is also one that adults who have any contact with young people need to read. I learned about mistakes I have made and how I can do better. Oct 14, Laurie added it Shelves: read-in An important, compassionate, engrossing book that delves deep inside the mind and heart of Riley, a twelve-year-old girl who is in treatment for an eating disorder.
Riley is funny, resilient, wounded, and so very real. This book depicts how difficult recovery is while also offering so much hope and inspiration; that strikes me as a very challenging balance to pull off, but Jen Petro-Roy does it masterfully. This is a must-have for upper elementary and middle school classrooms and library collect An important, compassionate, engrossing book that delves deep inside the mind and heart of Riley, a twelve-year-old girl who is in treatment for an eating disorder.
This is a must-have for upper elementary and middle school classrooms and library collections. Miss Lori read this book and learned so much. An intense look at eating disorders and the long road to recovery. Written by an author who recovered from anorexia and exercise addiction, so information is first hand. Mar 27, Ms Threlkeld rated it it was amazing Shelves: middle-grade-fiction , realistic-fiction. Exceptionally written, heartbreakingly honest portrayal of a girl in treatment for anorexia. Personally, this was a hard book for me to read.
I was already crying as I read the first page. However, I think this book is necessary. I am glad Jen Petro-Roy had the courage to write this novel based on her own experiences with an eating disorder, as stated in the Author Note. Overall, I am giving this novel 4 stars. I received an advanced reader copy from the publisher. Apr 01, Steph rated it really liked it. Very well done. So many young people need this book. You're too skinny.
A thrill still shoots through me every time when anyone says that. It's the same way I feel when I step on the scale and see a lower number.
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It's the thrill of success. She's honest, flawed, and realistic, and she is the kind of character who you really want to see succeed. On her road to recovery, "'You need butter. On her road to recovery, her conversations with her mother made me want to yell at my Kindle and tell her mom to quit talking about butter and syrup, but it made me think about how challenging watching a loved one recover from anorexia must be. I plan on purchasing and booktalking Good Enough for my seventh graders, and I expect that this will be a book with heavy circulation. I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley.
Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Feb 03, Yvonne rated it it was amazing. I Miss You, I expected Good Enough to be a strong story, with a likable character, and a few tears along the way. I was not disappointed. This was an emotional story about 12 year old Riley, and her time in a treatment center, fighting to overcome Anorexia. But the silver lining is watching Riley learn how to be strong for herself. This is a great book for kids that worry about body image, parents, and teachers. Nov 27, Alyssa rated it it was amazing Shelves: middle-grade , wndb , realistic-fiction , egalley.
An important, compassionate, engrossing book that delves deep inside the mind and heart of Riley, a twelve-year-old girl who is undergoing treatment for an eating disorder. I felt like she could have been one of my students- I worried for her throughout the book.
Good Enough made cry at times. This book depicts how difficult recovery is while also offering so much hope and inspiration; that strikes me as a very challenging balance to pull off An important, compassionate, engrossing book that delves deep inside the mind and heart of Riley, a twelve-year-old girl who is undergoing treatment for an eating disorder.
This is a must-have for upper elementary and middle school classrooms and library collection. Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with an advanced reader's copy. Mar 03, Marlanda rated it it was amazing. Instead of a laissez-faire orientation, Good Enough is about respect and humility. It is a subtle yet powerful concept. Critically, Good Enough is as much an underlying attitude as it is a set of behaviours. Many managers and organizations struggle with the unhappy results of leadership which is perfectionist, obsessive and striving.
Such behaviours often lead to exhausted and disempowered staff and cultures that discourage freedom of responsibility and personal development. Good Enough leadership, on the other hand, both expects and fosters individual responsibility. It requires leaders who are very human. By which, of course, we mean flawed, awkward, anxious at times, doing their best, capable of great moments of brilliance and compassion but also of stupidity and mean-spiritedness. It requires people who can accept the great strengths as well as the imperfections of the human spirit. Being Good Enough means providing the platform for, rather than the answers to, the range of meaning needs their people have.
It is about creating space for people to grow and develop independently and to create meaning for themselves rather than being told what their meaning should be. This constitutes a shift away from the heroic, egocentric perspective of leadership in which the leader achieves success to one that recognizes that the leader must create an environment within which others can connect to things that matter to them. Good Enough leaders also show a heightened sensitivity to the needs of others.