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Nothing Tastes As Good by Claire Hennessy

Nothing Tastes As Good (2016)

by Claire Hennessy

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Mmmmm. I hope every girl reading this reads to the very end of this book so they are given the RIGHT message about food and body image - not the distorted one that Annabel the ghost projects for three quarters of the novel. Basically Annabel has died and must shadow a girl called Julia to help her. Annabel thinks she is there to whisper messages in Julia's ear about losing weight and not being fat. She thinks if she succeeds then she will get to give a message to her family, especially her little sister. A watches Julia live her life as a school newspaper editor while she completes Year 12. She sees her friendships and her crushes and eventually starts to care deeply for Julia. (She can hear her thoughts and realizes something terrible has happened to her to make her use food as a crutch. ( )
  nicsreads | Feb 27, 2017 |
“It doesn’t matter how awful celery tastes, nothing will ever taste as good as skinny feels.” With a title that appropriates Kate Moss’s famous line on dieting and body image, Claire Hennessy’s new novel sets out its stall from the beginning. Nothing Tastes as Good is young adult crossover fiction that centres on the tale of two older teenagers with eating disorders....Both female leads are engaging and vibrant. Annabel’s snarky voice and frustration at being dead bring comedy to her sad story. Julia’s intelligence and outward-looking attitude offer a plucky modern heroine who has been brought low by circumstance. Her history with Call Me Dermot is well handled, a complex subplot that doesn’t villainise but rather presents a real picture of a questionable situation.
Louise O’Neill’s novels come to mind in terms of theme and the way important subjects for young women are intelligently explored. “This is why we look at pictures, to inspire us,” says Annabel in one of her many haunting lines. “To help us see what we can be, to remind us that we can be better.”
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Don’t call her a guardian angel. Annabel is dead – but she hasn’t completely gone away. Annabel immediately understands why her first assignment as a ghostly helper is to her old classmate: Julia is fat. And being fat makes you unhappy. Simple, right?

As Annabel shadows Julia’s life in the pressured final year of school, Julia gradually lets Annabel’s voice in, guiding her thoughts towards her body, food and control.

But nothing is as simple as it first seems. Spending time in Julia’s head seems to be having its own effect on Annabel . . . And she knows that once the voices take hold, it’s hard to ignore them.
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What happens when you give in to the voices in your head? Annabel is dead. And she's not happy about it. Despite having strived to be 'lighter than air' back when she was alive, the consequences of that yearning haven't quite sunk in yet. Julia Jacobs is fat. Which Annabel immediately notices when she's assigned as Julia's ghostly helper (don't even think about calling her a guardian angel). And as her helper, Julia's problem seems pretty obvious to Annabel. Fat = problem = unhappy. Sorted. The only trouble is that whatever is causing Julia to overeat is hidden deep within her. Annabel will have to get to know Julia to uncover this secret and 'fix' her. Annabel can become the voice of reason, Julia's source of strength. Except ? all this time spent in someone's head has got Annabel thinking. Not just about food, but about her family too. And that maybe happiness can mean more than eradicating all the flesh from your bones.… (more)

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