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Publisher's Note:

Juliet Kendall has been looking forward to her sixteenth birthday for what feels like forever. At first, it seems like being sixteen is everything she hoped it would be she has great friends, a cute almost-boyfriend, a spot on the varsity girls basketball team, and even a car of her own. But, as the year goes on, she discovers that her sister Carly is hiding a secret (bulimia) and realizes that, i…

Being Sixteen

by Allyson Braithwaite Condie

Overall Book Review:

This book is perhaps the most accurate portrayal of LDS girls dealing with eating disorders I have ever seen.  There is true internal conflict about needing to be good enough (and thin enough) and feeling like a sinner as a member of the church with bulimia. 

Carly’s personality and honest outbursts show the heart of the battle many LDS girls with eating disorders face. “All that stuff about how your body is precious and if you mess with it, you’re a horrible person. Do you think that makes me feel better? Do you think that makes me able to stop?”

Being Sixteen folllows the lives of two sisters whose lives come to points neither of them would have expected, and they are tried to the limits. This book is not a happily ever after story, but it is a progress story, and one that I think needs to be read by thousands of people.  This book is for Dads, brothers, friends, and boyfriends of girls with eating disorders as well as for teenage girls, mothers, and sisters. See how faith plays into starvation in Being Sixteen by Allyson Braithwaite Condie. 

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Deseret Book

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language: ***

Violence/Gore: A girl passes out and hits her head on a tile floor.

Sex/Nudity: A female character works out wearing only a sports bra and shorts.

Mature Subject Matter:

Religious Conflict, Eating Disorders, Separation. 

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Abuse of laxatives; over usage of diet pills.

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Take me to a book store and it will be at least an hour before you can pry me from the shelves, never leaving empty handed. I have had my own bookcases (that’s right, plural) collecting my favorites since I was little. I like reading not only for the storyline, but also to see the author’s creativity and the way their personality comes through in their writing.