Saturday, July 24, 2010

Losing It by Sandy McKay

Title: Losing It

Author: Sandy McKay

Published: Dunedin : Longacre Press, 2007

Pages: 217

Snippet: "I don't have a problem, I'm not crazy and I don't need help."

Summary: Fifteen-year-old Johanna Morrison is in hospital, writing letters to her best friend, Issy. As part of her therapy Jo is not allowed to leave her room, use the phone, have visitors or even wash her hair. Not unless she agrees to eat. But Jo doesn't want to eat because to her that would mean giving in and losing what little control she has over her life. Jo suffers from anorexia and her condition has reached crisis point. For now, contact with Issy is the only thing keeping her sane. (Taken from Christchurch City Libraries)

Review: Losing It is a really amazing read about a girl struggling with anorexia and bulimia.  It's quite different to a lot of other books because it is in the format of letters and diary entries with the odd noticeboard notice here and there.  Because of this format Losing It is a very fast read.

I really like Jo, her character was quite believable, I never once doubted that this wasn't a real girl.  Her struggle with anorexia is really sad and it was sad to see just how much she struggled and didn't want to admit she had a problem at first.

There were a few really sad parts in Losing it too.  I found myself feeling bad at some of these parts and wishing there was something I could do.  But this is just a book so I couldn't do anything.

The story itself is highly engaging and little bits of information about Jo's past are given out at a time making it a book that is hard to put down.

Losing It is a really unique and really good book that focuses on anorexia and bulimia. If you're interested in the kind of books that deal with issues relating to body image and self perception then Losing It is a good book to read. 

Source: Library

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This kiwi indicates that this book is written by a New Zealand author. It is also set in New Zealand.


  1. Great review! I haven't really heard about this one until now, but your review really makes me want to get it. :)

  2. Wow, this sounds really great.

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