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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Thin by Ann K. Morris is a coming-of-age story of a teenager who suffered from body image issues and how she overcame them with a little bit of love, understanding, and courage. Erin Post was obsessed with looking thin. On the surface, she was like any other 17-year-old high school student, but in reality, she was anything but that. Erin suffered from anorexia, an eating disorder. Depressed and out of touch with reality most of the time, she believed that starving herself would make her lose weight quicker. However, when her mother had enough of it, she told Erin her only choice was to see a psychiatrist. Unable to make that decision yet, Erin ran away from home believing she knew best. Meeting two homeless girls on the streets of Chicago made Erin realize that life was not about looking thin or eating. It was a lot more than that. Erin learned the lesson the hard way.
Complex yet emotive, the lyrical narrative of Thin by Ann K. Morris was unique as well as entertaining. Erin was a troubled teen who was not ready to accept she had a problem. Of course, her mother knew and wanted to help. That was the turning point for Erin. Like most teenagers, she ran away instead of facing her problems. Ari and Lin were her guardian angels. They showed how life was more than just fitting an image and how every little thing was enough to be thankful for your life. The narrative focused on how important it was to have a support system and people who would fight for you (or you will fight for). I felt a connection with Lin. I loved how Erin was pushed to her limits a lot more than a doctor would and how Ari was the voice of reason for her. The author did a wonderful job of creating a narrative that was unique and very easy to digest. Erin’s journey was not perfect, but it was the start she needed to take a step in the right direction. Many people will find inspiration or courage in this novel! Emotional, captivating, and entertaining at the same time.