I received an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of The Year I Didn’t Eat by Samuel Pollen and was so excited to be asked to be a part of the blog tour. All opinions are my own.
The Year I Didn’t Eat Synopsis
Some days are normal. Some days, everything is OK, and I eat three square meals, pretty much, even if those squares are ridiculously small squares.
Some days, I can almost pretend there’s nothing wrong.”
Max is 14, and anorexic. His eating disorder has pretty much taken over his whole life.
His brother, Robin, gives him a geocache for Christmas. Max hides it in the forest near his house. Before long, he gets a note from ‘E’. But who is E? Is it Evie, the new girl at school, playing a trick on him?
In the midst of a family crisis, Max’s eating disorder quickly deteriorates. Anorexia 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 Book Details
- Author: Samuel Pollen
- Publication Date: 1st March 2019
- Publisher: ZunTold Publishing
- Genre: Contemporary, Mental Health Fiction, Teen, Young Adult
I have never battled an eating disorder however I do know what it is like to struggle through anxiety and depression. One of the things that helps me when I am in a bad place is reading. Specifically, reading fiction or memoirs about others who have similar experiences. It helps me to feel less alone in an illness that seeks to isolate you and make you feel unworthy of love.
Samuel Pollen, the author, battled anorexia as a teenager and channelled this into The Year I Didn’t Eat. Written by someone who truly understands what it feels like, he is a voice for boys and men who find it hard to speak out about their mental illness. This book is sensitively written and could be a beacon of hope for teenage boys who are struggling in silence.
This is pitched at the perfect level and doesn’t serve as an eternal trigger. It focuses more on the thought processes rather than his weight in a number.
Recommendation and Where to Find It
I would recommend this to all teens, whether they have body confidence worries or not. I would also recommend it to people who know someone with an eating disorder to gain a better understanding of how they may be feeling.
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