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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Teenage Waistland

Book about 3 (actually 5) teens stories about getting into a Lap Band trial.  What they go through in their lives and how their weight effects it.  It also shows the effects of losing that weight and what it does to their personalities.  There are some twists and turns with some of the characters and I feel like the story mainly really just stems between two chracters, East and Char, while everyone else's story tends to just add to this one.  Of course everyone has their own story, the East/Char one just seems to be the biggest. So this book was pretty good.  I guess you wouldnt relaly understand what these teens are going through if you werent heavier but the author does a pretty good job developing her characters. 

Check out the synopsis!

"“You all believe that losing one-hundred-plus pounds will solve everything, but it won’t. Something far heavier is weighing on you, and until you deal with that, nothing in your lives will be right.”

–Betsy Glass, PhD, at first weekly group counseling session for ten severely obese teens admitted into exclusive weight-loss surgery trial

Patient #1: Female, age 16, 5'4", 288 lbs.
Thrust into size-zero suburban hell by remarried liposuctioned mom. Hates new school and skinny boy-toy stepsister. Body size exceeded only by her big mouth.
Patient #2: Male, age 16, 6'2", 335 lbs.
All-star football player, but if he gets “girl surgery,” as his dad calls it, he’ll probably get benched. Has moobies—male boobies. Forget about losing his V-card—he’s never even been kissed.
Patient #3: Female, age 15, 5'6", 278 lbs.
Morbidly obese and morbid, living alone with severely depressed mother who won’t leave her bed. Best and only friend is another patient, whose dark secret threatens everything Patient #3 believes about life.

Told in the voices of patients Marcie Mandlebaum, Bobby Konopka, and Annie “East” Itou, Teenage Waistland is a story of betrayal, intervention, a life-altering operation, and how a long-buried truth can prove far more devastating than the layers of fat that protect it." -

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