Saturday, June 5, 2010

Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern

Title: Get Well Soon

Author: Julie Halpern

Published: New York : Feiwel and Friends, c2007

Pages: 193

Snippet: "The cafeteria was just like any cafeteria, except that instead of jocks at one table and goths at another, there were drooly old people at one table and people talking to themselves at another."

Summary: When her parents confine her to a mental hospital, an overweight teenaged girl, who suffers from panic attacks, describes her experiences in a series of letters to a friend. (Taken from Christchurch City Libraries Website)

Review: The first thing that drew me to Get Well Soon was the cover, it's so bright and eye-catching and I just had to pick it up.  
Once I picked it up I found Get Well Soon hard to put down.

At first glance, Get Well Soon could be considered a light novel that gives a lot of laughs.  And that is true, I found myself laughing out loud at so many parts, there were so many hilarious parts.   I also found the book to be a quick and breezy read.  If I had a lot of spare time I most likely would've been able to read it in one sitting.  The pages just seemed  to flow easily.

Taking a further look into Get Well Soon, looking past the lighter side there is a bit more to it.  Firstly, there is Anna who feels really bad about herself.  The impression I got from what she said about herself was that she felt like she was overweight and she just didn't feel great about herself.  At the same time she found it hard to believe what others thought of her.  I liked Anna, it was really great to watch her grow as a person throughout the book.

All of the characters in Get Well Soon were amazing.  So many of them I loved.  They were so funny and it's not everyday you read a funny book about people in a hospital.

I think that Get Well Soon is a really good book and it shows some important teen issues such as weight issues and self-perception in a lighter way.  But it is definitely a book that is worth reading.  Definitely check it out.

Source: Library


  1. I must read this! It's been on my tbr list for a long time and now I want to read it even more. I love books like this. Glad you liked it :)

  2. I love the cover as well! I believe this one is already on my TBR list (it's hard to keep track haha) but if not, it now will be. Thanks for your review Rebecca! :)

  3. This sounds good, I love the cover too.

  4. I can see how this cover would draw you in!

    Blessings & a bit o' sunshine!


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