The Year I Didn’t Eat by Samuel Pollen is an unforgettable novel about a boys battle with anorexia.
14-year-old Max only has one person he can really talk to. Her name is Ana – also known as anorexia, his eating disorder.
Max writes to Ana every day. She feeds on his fears, encouraging him to lose more and more weight. For Christmas, Max gets an unusual present from his older brother Robin: a geocache. He hides it in the forest near their house, thrilled by the anonymity it gives him.
Anyone can leave Max a note – and soon, he gets one from the mysterious `E’. Could it be the Evie, the new girl at school, playing tricks on him?
In the midst of a family crisis, Max’s eating disorder quickly deteriorates. Ana pulls him further and further away from his family and friends, until he feels totally alone. Can anyone help him find a way out?
The Year I Didn’t Eat is Samuel Pollen’s debut novel and it draws on the authors own personal experiences. Samuel was was 12 when he began to struggle with anorexia, after he began exercising a lot and restricting his eating. It was when he caught the flu and was too weak to make it upstairs to his room, that his parents realised something was wrong and called the Doctor, from there he was referred to the children’s mental health service and began out patient treatment.
The book chronicles a year in Max’s life. it highlights with the right help and support people do overcome eating disorders. It’s ultimately a positive and uplifting look in to eating disorders and is an important read for teens.
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