Saturday, May 2, 2009

Jane In Bloom by Deborah Lytton


Jane’s big sister, Lizzie, has always been the center of attention. No one ever pays attention to boring, plain Jane. But when Jane’s twelfth birthday marks the beginning of Lizzie’s fi nal descent into a fatal eating disorder, Jane discovers that the only thing harder than living in her big sister’s shadow is living without her.

In the wake of tragedy, Jane learns to look through her camera lens and frame life differently, embracing her broken family and understanding that every girl has her season to blossom. Spare and vulnerable prose marks this beautiful debut that is at once heartbreaking and uplifting.

It seems this year that there has been quite a few books dealing with eating disorders ( Wintergirls, Purge, Purge: Rehab Diaries). Though, out of those bunch of novels, none of them have focused on being a loved one of a person dealing with an eating disorder. So, when I found out that Jane In Bloom dealt with the other side, I knew I was in for a great book!

Luckily, Jane In Bloom was one of the most heartwarming and heartbreaking books of the year! Deborah captures the feelings of Jane in such a wonderful way with her writing. Since, you could feel Jane's frustration and love for Lizzie throughout the book. Lizzie was also a fantastic character, because you could feel her fight to be perfect, even when people already thought she was.

As mentioned above, Deborah's writing was great and added a bunch to the story, because of her well developed plot to the people she created within this. I'm looking forward to reading more by her.

Overall, Jane In Bloom is definitely one of my favorite books so far this year. I highly suggest you go pick up a copy from your local bookstore or library. I promise that you won't regret it!

Grade: A+

Jane In Bloom
is now out in hardcover.


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