Dancing With Ana is the story of sixteen year old Beth Baxter's struggle with the abandonment of her father. Since her father left a year ago, Beth's life merely resembles the one she's always known. Her pain slowly increases as the shock of his departure fades. Needing a distraction, Beth focuses on a new diet to lose ten pounds. Together with her three best friends, she embarks on a journey of desperation...and destruction. The one constant in her life is Jeremy, the boy she's grown up with who's become the young man she loves. This is a story about the journey to acceptance of one s own reality, the incredible bond that exists between friends and a love that truly endures all things.
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About the Author
Nicole Barker grew up in Portland, Oregon and attended Southern Oregon State College in the town of Ashland, Oregon. Nestled in the foothills of the Siskiyou Mountains, Nicole took to writing while pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities with a strong emphasis on early childhood development. Shortly after graduation, she spent several months traveling around the United States and parts of Canada. Nicole lives in South Florida with her husband, three kids, two dogs, frogs, hermit crabs and fish. She is currently working on her second YA book.
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Dancing with Ana based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Beth is a lucky girl¿She comes from a loving family. She has three best friends. She loves to surf and lives five minutes from the beach. She also recently discovered that the boy she¿s grown up with has the most amazing green eyes¿Beth has every reason to smile. Every reason to be happy. Every reason to feel blessed.Then why is she sticking her fingers down her throat?My review: As you can tell from the synopsis, this book is dealing with anorexia, I felt the author did a good job of showing how the compulsion starts, with the need for control. As Beth feels her life spiraling further and further out of control she decides if she can just lose 10 pounds her life will be better. Even with the love of her boyfriend and the support of her friends she soon finds that the diet is no longer a way to lose weight but a way to control her life, an obsession.I felt the ending of this a little too pat, those of us who have experienced obsessive compulsive disorder know there are no pat solutions to it. However, I appreciated the way the author stressed the importance of family and friend support and how she showed it depended on Beth to overcome her obsession. How the fact that her friends would be there for her no matter what was a fact she had to come to realize by herself.I would recommend this book for teens and their parents
I am not the target audience for this book but Nicole Barker took me back to high school. Showed me the insecurities and desire to be one of the popular kids. Beth figured she had found out why she and her friends were not popular. They were fatter than the most popular girl. Do not fret, she had the answer too.Diet & exercise.Beth and her friends had me wanting to shake some sense into them. None of them were overly "fat", they just weren't model thin. The book reads so well it was real to me and it scared me that our girls are going through this.Then there's Beth best friend, Jeremy, and "He was looking at her in a way she'd never seen before...." Growing up is never easy.This was a quick read. A slice of life that doesn't cover more than a school year but we aged years waiting for the girls to discover a healthy life.F.Y.I. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review
Beth and her three friends Jenny, Rachel, and Melanie decide to go on a diet together. They are your typical high school girls, interested in boys, looking pretty, and each with their own troubles as everyone has. The girls go in on a diet pact in order to give support to one another, and each one has a goal weight that she wants to achieve. Beth, the novel¿s main character, first begins the diet with exercise and a minimal healthy diet. But soon into the diet, it becomes an obsession for her. The diet is then about more than just losing weight and being healthy, and Beth doesn¿t know why she is doing it, only that she has to. Every morning when she discovers more weight lost, she feels triumphant. After the chaos of her family breaking apart, this is finally some measure of control restored to her.Beth doesn¿t stop when she reaches her target weight. Her mother has noticed something wrong, and her boyfriend/friend Jeremy sees the change in her as her clothing begins to hang off of her and her bones protrude. Despite his attempts to get her to open up about her diet, she won¿t. Her three friends finally find happiness and drop out of the diet, but Beth can¿t seem to stop. Instead of eating healthy and within proportion, she is starving herself to the point of passing out. Beth has no energy left, her skin is pale, and she is no longer happy. Beth is undoubtedly anorexic.Anger and sadness trigger something in her that sets her off on a food binge. Naturally, her binge upsets her to the point where she engages in bulimia. As the book description says, Beth has every reason to be happy with her life, yet she is not. But we all know how teenagers are: every second is a second closer to the world ending for them. Some always fell prey to social pressures and expectations because they are so weighted and obvious.This book was personal for me because I have struggled with an eating disorder for over half my life. I have been anorexic since I was a teenager, and I did it for no other reasons but pure vanity and a need to control something in my life. And I continue to do so. No, I am not proud of myself, I am only disclosing this to say that I understand what Beth and her friends go through. I certainly know what it is like to be a teenage girl succumbing to all of the pressures of that age. There is tremendous stress on teenage girls to look perfect, and perfect is hard to achieve. After a while, it takes you over. I applaud author Nicole Barker for taking on such a serious and sensitive topic. It¿s not something a lot of people talk about. That Barker shows us the progression of eating disorder, how it can quickly get out of control, helps people understand that sometimes it¿s not always rational. Sometimes you cannot apply logic and expect that to fix the problem. Through Beth, we see the humanity behind eating disorders, and as such they are more than, ¿oh no, that¿s bad, you should stop.¿A lot of people see eating disorder as a cause-effect issue. And while there is a cause, sometimes it is so complex that it cannot be easily pinpointed and reasoned out. Therefore, it is hard to cure. Barker portrayed that accurately in giving Beth¿s problem so much complication and depth. I don¿t know if Barker herself has ever had a problem with anorexia, but she got a lot of the body issues and emotions involved correct. You do get weak, you do end up losing the energy that you once had, and you do end up getting depressed from lack of nutrition and body unhappiness. Of course, there are other things not experienced by Beth in the book that are true to anorexia. For example, you become very intolerant to the heat and to the cold, you get shaky, you start to breathe heavily when doing the smallest thing. I very much enjoyed this quick read. The book is 170 pages, which means you can read it in one day if you have nothing else to do. Beth¿s character is compelling and honest, and it really does reflect the
This book is about a group of teen girls who decide they should go on a diet and get to their ideal weight. They use the internet to find the weight range medical professionals believe is healthy and they aim for the lowest number on the chart for each of their heights.Most of the girls have other things going on in their lives that make things hectic. One girl is dealing with the recent divorce of her parents and the subsequent lack of a father figure in her life. Another of the girls is the product of a single mother home, which in many cases can be fine. But not for this girl, her mother is less than fit for the job of parent. During all of this commotion, Beth has just realized the boy she grew up with, is totally hot and her relationship with him starts to sizzle.I am such a negative Nelly, I expect every book I read to suck. I began Dancing with Ana, skeptical. The begining was slow to get through and I was having a difficult time with the narrator's omniscience., wonder who was thinking what or why this character was think now. As the book went on the writting improved ten-fold and I began to really get intigued in the things happening with Beth and her friends. This was one of the most honest teen books I have read this year. In the plethora of paranormal teen romance Barker shines as something new and different. Barker was really able to relate with her characters and her writing showed how teens emotions can ebb and way.One question I would love to know the answer to is, why is the book titled Dancing with Ana? I am sorry but I really dislike the cover. If it wasn't for the catchy synopsis I would have never picked up this book.
This book is about a very real problem among teen girls today. It shows how easy it can be to get to the point of being anorexic. I loved that the friends were so close and looked out for each other. There is so much packed into this short book, and is so well written I felt like I was a bystander, watching things unfold. The only down side I found was the timeline of the events. The book is only 170 pages long and I read it just a few hours. I would recommend this book, it was very good.