Dancing is a profession known for being tough on your body, as well as your mind. It takes extreme strength and discipline. Unfortunately, dancers also feel the need to look perfect and be the skinniest one on the stage. Because of this, many fall need to anorexia nervosa, a horrible consequence of trying to achieve their dreams. This is the story of one dancer that has fallen mentally ill with this disease, and her story of recovery.
I am lucky to never have struggled with something like this myself, but Yara Zgheib did a wonderful job of putting the reader inside Anna's head so they could understand how complicated the emotions she feels towards the act of eating are. I felt her anxiety and fear, and I understood that the battle with anorexia is much more complicated than I could have ever dreamed.
I rooted for Anna and the girls of 17 Swann Street, for them to heal physically and emotionally. It was beautiful to see how they had each other's backs and how deeply they all understood what they were going through. It was a fight for them to eat each meal, but it was a fight they supported eachother throughout.
This book will stay with me for a long time. I think that is a sign of a great read and a fantastic job by the author to educate and raise awareness for a serious issue that is sometimes dismissed as "girls being dramatic." A great read.