Reasons to Be Happy

Reasons to Be Happy

Book - 2011
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Eighth-grader Hannah Carlisle feels unattractive compared to her movie star parents and cliquish Beverly Hills classmates, and when her mother's cancer worsens and her father starts drinking heavily, Hannah's grief and anger turn into bulimia, which only her aunt, a documentary filmmaker, understands.
Publisher: Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, c2011
ISBN: 9781402260209
1402260202
Branch Call Number: / FICTION KITTLE KATRINA
Characteristics: 281 p. ; 20 cm

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SPL_Childrens Apr 04, 2013

The title, “Reasons to be Happy”, suggests that Katrina Kittle’s new teen novel is a cheerful, happy story … but it isn’t.

At one time, Hannah Carlisle had many reasons to be happy. Self-assured and confident, she had two loving parents and many friends. She enjoyed school, loved to run and was a talented artist.

Then her mother was diagnosed with cancer. The family moved and Hannah started eighth grade at a new school where she had trouble fitting in. For the first time, her “plain Jane” looks bothered her. Her self-assurance disappeared. And later, when her mother died and her dad withdrew into his grief, Hannah was intensely lonely. Desperate to fit in with the crowd at school – and desperate to have a measure of control over some part of her life, she became bulimic.

The novel doesn’t ignore, gloss over or “sugar coat” the physical and emotional repercussions of bulimia – or the difficult road to recovery. Hannah’s own journey to recovery began when she accompanied her aunt to Ghana to film a documentary on starving orphans. There, Hannah was shocked out of her insecurities about her body image in the face of the desperation and death around her. Learning – and accepting - that inner beauty is so much more important than outer beauty, she was eventually able, upon returning to North America, to find reasons to be happy once again.

Unsettling and hard-hitting, this well-written novel paints a realistic portrait of bulimia for young readers who may be struggling with their own body image.

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loveepurple124
Aug 09, 2012

very inspiring!

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julia_sedai
Jul 31, 2012

I'm 22 and I actually enjoyed this book, even though it's about a Grade 8er. I feel like teens will appreciate her struggles even more.

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habsohassan
Feb 21, 2012

This. book. was. AMAZING!

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Joanneli010
Feb 05, 2012

meh. Its a okay book. I think I might be a little to old for this audience. (I'm 19) This book reminds me of eat pray love but for pre teens. Hannah faces bulimia and her road to recovery.

It might be a great option if you have a young loved one effected with an eating disorder. They will relate to hannah's character and will share similar feelings.

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SPL_Childrens Apr 04, 2013

SPL_Childrens thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 15

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julia_sedai
Jul 31, 2012

julia_sedai thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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