Letting Ana Go by Anonymous

Letting Ana Go

By Anonymous

  • Release Date: 2013-06-04
  • Genre: Coming of Age
Score: 4.5
From 64 Ratings
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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.


  • From an actual viewpoint

    By Recovering Ana
    As a recovering anorexic with self harming/obsessive compulsive tendencies, I have to say this book isn't very accurate. I'll admit it's an accurate account of maybe the BEGINNING of a developing eating disorder. However, aside from that it's clear that the writer doesn't have much experience with the topic. Otherwise it was a great read.

    By Aust777
    I mean, I know it's not real (because it says "NONFICTION" on it), so I know it is fiction. But once I started reading, 5 minutes later I'd see what page I was on and I'd be like 50-100 pages from where I started, this book mesmerized me from beginning to end. It is truly an inspiring book! I MOST DEFINITELY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO EEVVEERRYYOONNEE!!
  • Amazing

    By SteamedGreenBeans
    This book was so amazing. I'm not much of a reader but when I started this book, I COULDN'T STOP!
  • Letting Ana Go

    By Readinggone
    Anorexia today is portrayed as a horrible disease that girls have and use to get attention. But that is not the whole truth nor a fact. In this book I was looking for a real outlook on anorexia and I found. Some will disagree because of detail or facts they found. But I disagree with them. In this book they said that she craved not eating to achieve perfection for a guy, a guy who saw her as a beautiful girl before losing the weight, but because of the society she did not see that. She was influenced by the closest one around her to become a model like figure for a guy. I can say I have felt that way to agree, I can relate. I have seen guys date girls who a size 000 and not give me a second look even though I'm a size 2. I know that it's my mind messing with me but that's what happens in the book. That's what some are going through right now. Also, anorexia in this diary is said to be a mental state a mind and I would like to agree with that and say that you can not graph a state if mind ever. Saying that anorexia is considered eating only 900 calories is also false because in this book if you read carefully she burned off more than she took in. If want a good outlook on the society and being and how gross it is this book is definitely for you.
  • Unrealistic

    By Hdkebwowbdowvskdxicicoeolaakzo
    Well, I wanted to read another "Anon." Book after reading "Go Ask Alice" and I thought this one looked interesting since eating disorders have always fascinated me. (Weird, I know). But I downloaded the sample and 5 pages in, I could tell this wasn't written by an actual teenager. And if it was, props to her because it is highly detailed, not at all like how a teenage would write. "Go Ask Alice" was very believable and definitely seemed like it was written by the character, even if it was or wasn't. (Still not clear on that). Anyway, don't read this book if you are looking for a crisp understanding of EDs. I suggest "Wintergirls" by Laurie Halse Anderson, very interesting.
  • 0/10 would not recommend

    By Zeejie
    This book is totally unrealistic, both medically and emotionally. It is obviously not an actual teenager's diary, for starters, which is easy to notice in many aspects, both dialogue and thought wise. The actual eating is not a problem, medically, because anorexia is classified as eating 900 calories or less daily. The main character eats 1200 at the very least each day, which is recommended by most health and weight management programs. She also would have many more emotional issues than was portrayed in this book. Of course anorexia, as any other ED, starts off with eating, and by the end, every sufferer has low confidence and trouble coping. This girl seems to remain confident and could clearly eat normally if she was told to. The whole book was completely unrealistic and highly disappointing. Not at all worth wasting your money on!