Good Enough
Before she had an eating disorder, twelve-year-old Riley was many things: an aspiring artist, a runner, a sister, and a friend.But now, from inside the inpatient treatment center where she's receiving treatment for anorexia, it's easy to forget all of that. Especially since under the influence of her eating disorder, Riley alienated her friends, abandoned her art, turned running into something harmful, and destroyed her family's trust.If Riley wants her life back, she has to recover.Part of her wants to get better. As she goes to therapy, makes friends in the hospital, and starts to draw again, things begin to look up.But when her roommate starts to break the rules, triggering Riley's old behaviors and blackmailing her into silence, Riley realizes that recovery will be even harder than she thought. She starts to think that even if she does "recover," there's no way she'll stay recovered once she leaves the hospital and is faced with her dieting mom, the school bully, and her gymnastics-star sister.Written by an eating disorder survivor, this is a realistic depiction of inpatient eating disorder treatment, and a moving story about a girl who has to fight herself to survive.

Good Enough Details

TitleGood Enough
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 19th, 2019
PublisherFeiwel and Friends
Rating
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction, Contemporary, Health, Mental Health, Young Adult, Fiction

Good Enough Review

  • rachel
    January 1, 1970
    I just cried reading this entire thing. I tried to read this book last year when Jen started it. "I don't have an eating disorder anymore, it's fine," I said. I was wrong. Page one bothered me but I couldn’t figure out why. It took me a long time to realize that I was bothered because I still had an ED. If I ignored it, no, it didn't go away. Jen (and lots of other incredible ED warriors!) pushed me to get help. I got help....But if I had this book at 11, when I first started actively doing diso I just cried reading this entire thing. I tried to read this book last year when Jen started it. "I don't have an eating disorder anymore, it's fine," I said. I was wrong. Page one bothered me but I couldn’t figure out why. It took me a long time to realize that I was bothered because I still had an ED. If I ignored it, no, it didn't go away. Jen (and lots of other incredible ED warriors!) pushed me to get help. I got help....But if I had this book at 11, when I first started actively doing disordered eating habits, it would have changed everything. At 13, I had a therapist who suggested I go to Renfrew. I told her all I needed was a school change. It took me 16 years to accept she was right. A different school didn't make my issues go away. It took me a long time to figure this out. I am SO grateful GOOD ENOUGH exists. I am so glad girls and boys and kids - AND adults - will have this book on their library/bookstore/home bookshelf. This book is powerful & important. It is hopeful when hope feels lightyears away. I can't wait for February 2019 until this book is out in the world & I can have my very own copy.Thank you Jen for writing, and Macmillan for publishing. I was given an advanced copy & my opinion is mine alone, and not influenced by the writer or others in any way.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    Finally!!! This is the book about eating disorders that I have been waiting for! It's not a "how-to", an "over-the-top", or a "make-light-of-the-situation" book. This book gives an amazing insight into why a child might begin habits that move into an eating disorder, and why he/she would continue. Parents should read this book too. Your heart will break for the main character and the girls in treatment with her. It will leave you with food for thought and a feeling of hope. Also, read the author Finally!!! This is the book about eating disorders that I have been waiting for! It's not a "how-to", an "over-the-top", or a "make-light-of-the-situation" book. This book gives an amazing insight into why a child might begin habits that move into an eating disorder, and why he/she would continue. Parents should read this book too. Your heart will break for the main character and the girls in treatment with her. It will leave you with food for thought and a feeling of hope. Also, read the author's note. Lastly, I was very glad to see places where people could reach out for help...I appreciate that a lot! Every library should have this book!!!
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  • Renata
    January 1, 1970
    This is a really moving read that gives you a character to root for and smashes a lot of myths about eating disorders and diet culture in general. I also loved the way Riley's journey is rooted in pop culture, taking inspiration from superheroes and Disney characters--I think that's so relatable and going to make this so resonant for a lot of tweens (and beyond!).
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    A fantastic read about a 12-year-old girl named Riley whose parents put her in an in-patient treatment center for her anorexia. I've read a number of books that take on eating disorders without shying away from the hard details, but this is the first one I've read aimed at middle grade readers -- where, as author, survivor, and recovery advocate Petro-Roy herself states she began to exhibit the behaviors. It's hard not to root for Riley or any of her peers, and her emotional journeys are up and A fantastic read about a 12-year-old girl named Riley whose parents put her in an in-patient treatment center for her anorexia. I've read a number of books that take on eating disorders without shying away from the hard details, but this is the first one I've read aimed at middle grade readers -- where, as author, survivor, and recovery advocate Petro-Roy herself states she began to exhibit the behaviors. It's hard not to root for Riley or any of her peers, and her emotional journeys are up and down, much like recovery itself. As someone who struggles with a mental illness, I especially appreciated how much was discussed about recovery not being linear. That there are bump and hiccups and that those are part of the process, rather than any indication of failure or inability to succeed. Well-written, immersive, and one that anyone who works with people 9-13 should have in their back pocket for those who might be struggling with an eating disorder, navigating a challenging diet culture, or who want to better understand what it means to work on recovery with mental health.
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  • Kelly Hager
    January 1, 1970
    I loved Jen's debut novel, PS I Miss You, and so I was waiting for this with no small amount of impatience. I'm only mildly ashamed to admit that once I knew that egalleys were a thing, I basically pouted and whined and used emojis as a weapon. I didn't mean to read this in one afternoon. I wanted to savor it, because Jen's writing is gorgeous.But I immediately loved Riley and I worried about her. I worried about whether she'd be able to have a healthy relationship with food and if she'd be able I loved Jen's debut novel, PS I Miss You, and so I was waiting for this with no small amount of impatience. I'm only mildly ashamed to admit that once I knew that egalleys were a thing, I basically pouted and whined and used emojis as a weapon. I didn't mean to read this in one afternoon. I wanted to savor it, because Jen's writing is gorgeous.But I immediately loved Riley and I worried about her. I worried about whether she'd be able to have a healthy relationship with food and if she'd be able to talk to her family about her feelings, if they'd listen to just keep assigning blame and ignoring her feelings.I had to know what would happen next, and each page made me completely feel for her. (A lot of feelings--sadness, sometimes anger, always pride.) I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that Jen Petro-Roy is this generation's Judy Blume. She's talking about hard topics, things parents may not feel their kids are ready to know about. But Jen's not writing for the parents. She's writing for the kids, and she's telling them the best, most important message ever: you will be OK. You are enough, just as you are. You aren't alone. You can do this. Whatever "this" you're struggling with, you can beat it. You will be OK. It's something we all need to hear, but kids especially.Highly, highly recommended.
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  • Chelsey
    January 1, 1970
    I can't give this a star rating, because I have very mixed feelings about it. There's some technical writing issues - the author puts really important conversations into summary, instead of having them in scene, which kills their emotional immediacy and allows the narrator to gloss over difficult topics. The author also jumps forward over scenes that should be important, like Riley's check-in after she refuses to eat, which leaves weird gaps in the narrative. But those aren't really the crux of I can't give this a star rating, because I have very mixed feelings about it. There's some technical writing issues - the author puts really important conversations into summary, instead of having them in scene, which kills their emotional immediacy and allows the narrator to gloss over difficult topics. The author also jumps forward over scenes that should be important, like Riley's check-in after she refuses to eat, which leaves weird gaps in the narrative. But those aren't really the crux of my uncertainty over the book. This book is about Riley, who is in treatment for her eating disorder. And the author clearly tried to do everything that's right when writing about an eating disorder - she didn't use any numbers, so that the reader can't compare their weight to Riley's. She mentioned very little about Riley's tricks and methods for losing weight, so that the reader can't use those as a guide. She focused a lot on Riley's emotions, and on the positives of recovery, and tried to avoid any glorification of an eating disorder. I want to give the author credit for clearly working hard to write a book that shouldn't be used to encourage an eating disorder.And yet I 100% know that I would have read this book over and over, and bathed in the warm glow of acceptance it would have given me when I was chronically anorexic. I was just a little older than Riley is in the book when I first developed an eating disorder, and I struggled with it for about a decade. Even now, it feels weird to put that in the past tense, because I don't really feel completely recovered - I can have a bad day and be totally back in my disordered way of thinking. At that time in my life, I poured over books about eating disorders. I read Wasted about a thousand times, I read every memoir that was out there, every fictionalized account, I read books on the history of anorexia in religious orders and joined pro-eating disorder listserves and livejournal groups. Those books helped fuel my obsession (to be clear, they did not create it), gave me companionship and made me feel normal. Even the books that were supposed to be about recovery just gave me more fuel for my eating disorder.I would have read the shit out of this book. Even though it's about recovery, and even though the author tries to do everything right.I don't want to blame the author for that, but I just don't know if it's possible to write an eating disorder story that doesn't encourage more disordered behavior in the people who are already sick. I'm a full-grown adult who's been recovered for ten years, and reading this book I was going, "Man, not eating does feel great. I miss that feeling. Maybe I could just cut down a little?" Folks with eating disorders can be pretty similar to drug addicts, in that way. Open the door a little and the whole thing comes crashing down.I don't think I'm going to ever feel comfortable recommending this book to the kids who come into the library. I just would be too afraid that I would be handing it to a kid who's already on the path to an eating disorder, and that I'd be providing them something that would hold their hand while they went even further along the road.
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  • Laurie
    January 1, 1970
    Have you ever felt like you weren't good enough? Not pretty enough? Not skinny enough? Clothes not nice enough? These are some of the issues that twelve-year-old Riley are going through. She used to have a "normal" life with her friends, her family, and her art. One day all of that changed when a mean girl in her school made fun of her weight. Riley vowed then and there that she would lose all the weight that she could and become a fierce competitor in track and field. Because of her extreme des Have you ever felt like you weren't good enough? Not pretty enough? Not skinny enough? Clothes not nice enough? These are some of the issues that twelve-year-old Riley are going through. She used to have a "normal" life with her friends, her family, and her art. One day all of that changed when a mean girl in her school made fun of her weight. Riley vowed then and there that she would lose all the weight that she could and become a fierce competitor in track and field. Because of her extreme desire, Riley developed an eating disorder called anorexia. She began to alienate her friends, her family, and even food to achieve her goal. Her parents began to fear for her health so they admitted her to a hospital to receive treatment for this disorder. She is so not happy at first, but as she begins to delve deeper into herself through the help of the therapist, Riley learns that she has so much more to overcome that just eating food. Does Riley have the strength to fight the chaos that is living inside her? Can her new friends at the hospital help her or are the battles they are fighting going to bring her down? Will Riley's relationships with her family and friends ever be the same again? Read this incredible story of one girl's journey to finding herself and possibly her freedom!This book is absolutely amazing! From page one you begin the journey with Riley and it doesn't stop at the last page. Riley's story grabs hold of you and doesn't let go. I found myself crying with her, laughing with her, and cheering for her. I have never dealt with this disorder in my life but I know there are so many people, including children, who are going through this right now, even in my own school. It is so great to have a book that they can read to know that they are not alone and that there is help out there. Jen Petro-Roy has now had two knock-out books and I expect many, many more from her. Do not miss this incredible story of family, friendship, and finding the strength in yourself to overcome even the darkest of days!Follow me:Blog - Blazer Tales - https://blazertales.com/Facebook - Laurie’s Library Place - https://www.facebook.com/LauriesLibra...Instagram - laurieslibrary - https://www.instagram.com/laurieslibr...Twitter - @laurieevans27 https://twitter.com/laurieevans27?lan...Goodreads - Laurie Purser - https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1...Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/auburngirl2...YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCulD...
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  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 STARSTwelve-year-old Riley winds up on an eating disorder unit of a local hospital. At first she fights recovery, then takes tentative and finally more concrete steps to take back her life.Jen Petro-Roy’s debut middle grade novel also has a companion nonfiction self-help book. Unlike YA eating disorder books, GOOD ENOUGH has no tension or edge. It’s a book with a Big Message, a primer on body image and eating disorders. There was never any doubt Riley would recover.Riley, a likable main char 2.5 STARSTwelve-year-old Riley winds up on an eating disorder unit of a local hospital. At first she fights recovery, then takes tentative and finally more concrete steps to take back her life.Jen Petro-Roy’s debut middle grade novel also has a companion nonfiction self-help book. Unlike YA eating disorder books, GOOD ENOUGH has no tension or edge. It’s a book with a Big Message, a primer on body image and eating disorders. There was never any doubt Riley would recover.Riley, a likable main character, narrates with a sincere and sometimes sarcastic voice. Tween girls will be interested in her story, though may become bored with repetitiveness, which, while realistic to recovery, doesn’t make for interesting reading. Petro-Roy did a good job illustrating different types of eating disorder with the similarities and differences in the underlying issues. I wish she had focused more on the other girls’ issues instead of so much on the food and eating with only a sentence or two interspersed throughout the book. Riley had a specific, privileged set of issues and while important, throwing in a less wealthy kid, bisexual or a black girl doesn’t make for diversity.GOOD ENOUGH has more telling than showing. Much of the story revolves around what Riley is thinking. She has more insights, even at the beginning of her journey, than any tween I’ve worked with or known. I’m not sure what kind of insurance her family had, because nothing in the USA would cover almost two months inpatient anorexia treatment. The girls in the program do discuss coverage and money, but not in a manner that bears any relationship to actual insurance issues.I’m glad a middle grade book in eating disorders and recovery exists, which is why I rounded up to three stars.
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  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4.5 StarsGood Enough was a first hand account of Riley's inpatient treatment as she began her recovery from anorexia. It's been over 25 years since my inpatient treatment for disordered eating, but Petro-Roy's depiction of Riley's battle with ED (eating disorder) immediately brought me back to my own struggle.I applaud the author's decision to write this story in journal format, because it was the perfect way to clearly capture and communicate Riley's emotions. She skillfully depicted th Rating: 4.5 StarsGood Enough was a first hand account of Riley's inpatient treatment as she began her recovery from anorexia. It's been over 25 years since my inpatient treatment for disordered eating, but Petro-Roy's depiction of Riley's battle with ED (eating disorder) immediately brought me back to my own struggle.I applaud the author's decision to write this story in journal format, because it was the perfect way to clearly capture and communicate Riley's emotions. She skillfully depicted the sadness, loneliness, anxiety, desperation, and shame that results from this disease. She explored the secretive nature of it, and how it forces the one suffering from the disorder to withdraw from their life. Riley often lamented giving up things, activities, and people who made her happy in order to protect her secret. This part was so honest and really hit home with me.I loved the way Petro-Roy laid out Riley's recovery as well. I don't think people realize how difficult it is to wage a war with an eating disorder. Someone suffering from anorexia or bulimia NEEDS food to survive. They need to make peace with this enemy, and it's a very, very difficult thing to do. Riley's struggle was authentic, and because of that, her recovery was not all rainbows and unicorns. It was difficult, and it was hard work, and this was addressed very well in the book.Another thing I personally connected with and, thought was done really well, was the way Riley's family and friends reacted to her illness. I remember my own sister coming to visit me in the hospital, and asking me, "Why can't you just eat and be happy?" This must be a common response, because Riley met with the same line of questioning. There were a lot of other reactions from her friends and family, which aligned with my own experiences, and I really appreciated that some time was dedicated to this in the story.Finally, it was extremely rewarding to watch Riley progress. The war against ED is fought on the battlefield of the mind, and this can be a very difficult place to win any skirmishes. That push and pull of conflicting emotions and clashing wants and needs were omnipresent in Riley's story. I was so proud of Riley as she fought back against the negative and tried to embrace the positive. I was also proud of the way she opened up and began to assert her wants and needs to her family and friends. All were such important parts of her recovery.When I started this book, I immediately thought it brilliantly captured the emotions and experiences of someone suffering from an eating disorder. When I finished the book, I thought it would be a fantastic book for the friends and family of someone with this illness, because it would give them great insight and maybe help them understand what it's like to have an eating disorder.Overall: A wonderfully written and emotional look into the mind of a young anoretic as she works towards recovery.*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Cassie Thomas
    January 1, 1970
    A story that will change lives.
  • Cindy
    January 1, 1970
    I had the privilege of reading an early draft of this, and loved it SO much. Riley has such a fierce and indomitable spirit, and seeing her learn to make peace with who she is is incredible. I can't wait until this one's out in the world! ❤ I had the privilege of reading an early draft of this, and loved it SO much. Riley has such a fierce and indomitable spirit, and seeing her learn to make peace with who she is is incredible. I can't wait until this one's out in the world! ❤️
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    * This review is of an advanced reader copyMost fictional portrayals of eating disorders widely miss the mark by furthering the stereotype that eating disorders afflict intelligent young women and teens who begin dieting either in an attempt to gain control over their lives in the wake of an overbearing mother or to garner attention from absent parents. After reaching a medical crisis point the teen is forced into treatment where she is initially resistant but, with the help of a compassionate s * This review is of an advanced reader copyMost fictional portrayals of eating disorders widely miss the mark by furthering the stereotype that eating disorders afflict intelligent young women and teens who begin dieting either in an attempt to gain control over their lives in the wake of an overbearing mother or to garner attention from absent parents. After reaching a medical crisis point the teen is forced into treatment where she is initially resistant but, with the help of a compassionate sagacious therapist, she slowly begins to eat and is miraculously cured. Cue appropriate empowering music. Therefore, I began Good Enough with a jaded perspective. Based on prior literary depictions, the snowflake worthy title, and an incredibly ugly mustard colored cover, I held out little hope for this novel. To my surprise, Good Enough actually did eating disorders justice. The book follows twelve-year-old protagonist, Riley, during her stay in an inpatient hospital eating disorder unit. Riley's narration of the struggle between a desire to recover and the fears she has surrounding food and weight rang true. Furthermore, the inpatient unit's program closely resembles the way many treatment centers are ran. I applaud author Jen Petro-Roy for refraining from mentioning specific numbers in relation to calories or weight as well as rarely mentioning the types of food Riley consumes. Even better, Riley's therapist emphasizes the fact that eating disorders are biologically based diseases. They are not caused by the media or enmeshed families or trauma. They are not simply diets that get a little out of hand. Those factors may be the catalyst to an individual's initial reduction in food intake but it is this energy deficit that triggers the genetic response in individuals prone to anorexia. Talk therapy can not heal this deficit. The only way out is through nutritional rehabilitation and neural rewiring. Therapy may be beneficial to some individuals as a means of encouragement and support. I appreciate that Riley made progress primarily through a consistent intake of food and the accountability of being in a supervised facility. Her progress is not linear and she does stumble along the way. There are no "burning bush" moments, just a slow upward climb towards a life without restriction.This book is not perfect, there are bits and pieces I would have changed. However, overall, it is one of the few fictional accounts of an eating disorder that actually hit the mark. Hopefully, with time, the stereotypes of yore will fall by the wayside and the focus will shift from treating people with eating disorders through talk therapy and self-esteem building exercises to treating them with food.
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  • Jenn Bishop
    January 1, 1970
    Reading Riley's story helped me understand how an eating disorder feels from the inside. Her recovery isn't a straight line, which I'm sure is true to life, and for those struggling in recovery, that aspect will be particularly resonant. I appreciated the scenes with Riley and her therapist Willow, as she unpacks the issues that contributed to her eating disorder. It's never *one* thing -- not for Riley, not for anyone. This book will be especially meaningful for young people and their families Reading Riley's story helped me understand how an eating disorder feels from the inside. Her recovery isn't a straight line, which I'm sure is true to life, and for those struggling in recovery, that aspect will be particularly resonant. I appreciated the scenes with Riley and her therapist Willow, as she unpacks the issues that contributed to her eating disorder. It's never *one* thing -- not for Riley, not for anyone. This book will be especially meaningful for young people and their families navigating similar experiences, but also for friends. The Josies and Emersons (Riley's friends) of the world need this book just as well, to better understand what their friends are struggling with. A life-saving book for young readers.
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  • Pat
    January 1, 1970
    I just finished this book, and I applaud its author for having the courage to write it and raise the awareness of eating disorders. The book contains a wonderful, realistic story that emphasizes self esteem and healthy behaviors that lead to actually living instead of being afraid. It can serve as a window for those who don't know about eating disorders, or as a mirror for those who do and need to see themselves as the amazing people they are. Bravo!
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    I'm sure I won't be the only reader who wishes this book had been written when I was growing up. It's honest, filled with details, and yet ends on a hopeful note. For anyone who's struggled with an eating disorder from one side of the spectrum to the other, this book reminds us that we are good enough, and that we should not allow ourselves to be defined by our body size or the numbers on the scale. Twelve-year-old Riley struggles with perfectionism and a need to please her parents while often f I'm sure I won't be the only reader who wishes this book had been written when I was growing up. It's honest, filled with details, and yet ends on a hopeful note. For anyone who's struggled with an eating disorder from one side of the spectrum to the other, this book reminds us that we are good enough, and that we should not allow ourselves to be defined by our body size or the numbers on the scale. Twelve-year-old Riley struggles with perfectionism and a need to please her parents while often feeling that she cannot measure up to their expectations or to her little sister's gymnastics talent. When an unexpected incident at school sends her spiraling into a frenzy of self-loathing, Riley becomes obsessed with her weight, reducing her food portions and running in order to rid herself of calories. The book chronicles her nearly two-month journey to recovery with the expected denial, ups and downs, and slips. Part of this book is heartbreaking as the author describes how Riley was belittled by some classmates before going into treatment and how her parents seem clueless as to how to help, but the author doesn't miss a beat in describing how tough but rewarding the road back to health is. I rooted for Riley every step of the way, and I'd suggest that every preadolescent and teen girl read this book. Balancing those Reasons to Recover with those Reasons to Stay Sick was a powerful exercise that might have use for all of us. Thank you, Jen Petro-Roy, for writing this important book.
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  • Lisa Welch
    January 1, 1970
    An excellent middle grade novel about a girl and her battle with an eating disorder. It's written by an #ownvoices author, and that is so evident in the writing. The metaphors and comparisons make the experience so much more relatable to those who do not have an eating disorder and are struggling to understand.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to the publisher and the author for the review copies of these books. All opinions are my own.First of all, I would like to give this four and a half stars.These amazing #ownvoices books offer a glimpse into the world of eating disorders. Through daily journal entries in GOOD ENOUGH, we begin to have an understanding of not only Riley’s day to day life in a residential care facility, but also the reasons about why she is there. She gradually shares incidents in her past that led her do Thank you to the publisher and the author for the review copies of these books. All opinions are my own.First of all, I would like to give this four and a half stars.These amazing #ownvoices books offer a glimpse into the world of eating disorders. Through daily journal entries in GOOD ENOUGH, we begin to have an understanding of not only Riley’s day to day life in a residential care facility, but also the reasons about why she is there. She gradually shares incidents in her past that led her down the path to becoming obsessed with being thin.As you read Riley’s story, you will feel her fear about being in the treatment center; you will admire her determination to get better; you will cheer her on as she learns to assert herself. You will gain an understanding of how very, very hard it is to recover from an eating disorder.This is a book that not only needs to be in all middle school and high school libraries, but is also one that adults who have any contact with young people need to read. I learned about mistakes I have made and how I can do better. I learned so much from Riley’s story, and I’m sure you will, too.
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  • Laurie
    January 1, 1970
    An important, compassionate, engrossing book that delves deep inside the mind and heart of Riley, a twelve-year-old girl who is in treatment for an eating disorder. Riley is funny, resilient, wounded, and so very real. This book depicts how difficult recovery is while also offering so much hope and inspiration; that strikes me as a very challenging balance to pull off, but Jen Petro-Roy does it masterfully. This is a must-have for upper elementary and middle school classrooms and library collect An important, compassionate, engrossing book that delves deep inside the mind and heart of Riley, a twelve-year-old girl who is in treatment for an eating disorder. Riley is funny, resilient, wounded, and so very real. This book depicts how difficult recovery is while also offering so much hope and inspiration; that strikes me as a very challenging balance to pull off, but Jen Petro-Roy does it masterfully. This is a must-have for upper elementary and middle school classrooms and library collections.
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  • WKPL Children's/YA Books
    January 1, 1970
    Miss Lori read this book and learned so much. An intense look at eating disorders and the long road to recovery. Written by an author who recovered from anorexia and exercise addiction, so information is first hand. Very good read for middle school/YA students who either think they might have an eating disorder or for those who know someone going through this disease.
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  • Ms Threlkeld
    January 1, 1970
    Exceptionally written, heartbreakingly honest portrayal of a girl in treatment for anorexia.
  • Christine Brunt
    January 1, 1970
    Jen Petro-Roy’s sophomore middle grade novel, set to release on February 19, follows twelve-year-old Riley, who is enrolled at an in-patient eating disorder recovery center where she begins her journey toward eating disorder recovery. Personally, this was a hard book for me to read. I was already crying as I read the first page. However, I think this book is necessary. Middle grade novels are increasingly addressing important topics, but this is the first one I’ve read about eating disorders. I Jen Petro-Roy’s sophomore middle grade novel, set to release on February 19, follows twelve-year-old Riley, who is enrolled at an in-patient eating disorder recovery center where she begins her journey toward eating disorder recovery. Personally, this was a hard book for me to read. I was already crying as I read the first page. However, I think this book is necessary. Middle grade novels are increasingly addressing important topics, but this is the first one I’ve read about eating disorders. I am glad Jen Petro-Roy had the courage to write this novel based on her own experiences with an eating disorder, as stated in the Author Note. Overall, I am giving this novel 4 stars. I received an advanced reader copy from the publisher.
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  • Steph
    January 1, 1970
    Very well done. So many young people need this book.
  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    "'You need butter. You're too skinny.' A thrill went through me when Mom said that. A thrill still shoots through me every time when anyone says that. It's the same way I feel when I step on the scale and see a lower number. It's the thrill of success." In Good Enough, Riley's story begins as she enters an inpatient treatment center to help her recover from anorexia. She's honest, flawed, and realistic, and she is the kind of character who you really want to see succeed. On her road to recovery, "'You need butter. You're too skinny.' A thrill went through me when Mom said that. A thrill still shoots through me every time when anyone says that. It's the same way I feel when I step on the scale and see a lower number. It's the thrill of success." In Good Enough, Riley's story begins as she enters an inpatient treatment center to help her recover from anorexia. She's honest, flawed, and realistic, and she is the kind of character who you really want to see succeed. On her road to recovery, her conversations with her mother made me want to yell at my Kindle and tell her mom to quit talking about butter and syrup, but it made me think about how challenging watching a loved one recover from anorexia must be.I plan on purchasing and booktalking Good Enough for my seventh graders, and I expect that this will be a book with heavy circulation. I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Yvonne
    January 1, 1970
    After reading Jen Petro-Roy’s P.S. I Miss You, I expected Good Enough to be a strong story, with a likable character, and a few tears along the way. I was not disappointed. This was an emotional story about 12 year old Riley, and her time in a treatment center, fighting to overcome Anorexia. It’s hard to read about the struggles Riley goes through, and how her parents and friends aren’t always there for her the way that they should be. But the silver lining is watching Riley learn how to be stro After reading Jen Petro-Roy’s P.S. I Miss You, I expected Good Enough to be a strong story, with a likable character, and a few tears along the way. I was not disappointed. This was an emotional story about 12 year old Riley, and her time in a treatment center, fighting to overcome Anorexia. It’s hard to read about the struggles Riley goes through, and how her parents and friends aren’t always there for her the way that they should be. But the silver lining is watching Riley learn how to be strong for herself. This is a great book for kids that worry about body image, parents, and teachers. Unlike most books that tackle eating disorders, Good Enough picks up at the beginning of Riley’s treatment journey, and dives deep into the recovery process. It’s educational while being entertaining, and you will find yourself rooting for Riley and the friends she makes in recovery.
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  • Alyssa
    January 1, 1970
    An important, compassionate, engrossing book that delves deep inside the mind and heart of Riley, a twelve-year-old girl who is undergoing treatment for an eating disorder. Riley is funny, resilient, wounded, and so very real. I felt like she could have been one of my students- I worried for her throughout the book. Good Enough made cry at times. This book depicts how difficult recovery is while also offering so much hope and inspiration; that strikes me as a very challenging balance to pull off An important, compassionate, engrossing book that delves deep inside the mind and heart of Riley, a twelve-year-old girl who is undergoing treatment for an eating disorder. Riley is funny, resilient, wounded, and so very real. I felt like she could have been one of my students- I worried for her throughout the book. Good Enough made cry at times. This book depicts how difficult recovery is while also offering so much hope and inspiration; that strikes me as a very challenging balance to pull off, but Jen Petro-Roy does it masterfully. This is a must-have for upper elementary and middle school classrooms and library collection. Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with an advanced reader's copy.
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  • Marlanda
    January 1, 1970
    This book really spoke to me because I know a lot of people that have dealt with things like this and I’ve struggled with self confidence and things like that so I’m glad I found this book
  • Paul Hankins
    January 1, 1970
    Sharing out for librarians, counselors, and teachers who share books with their middle grade and young adult readers.In February 2019, Jen Petro-Roy brings us the story of Riley Logan, a twelve-year old who goes into treatment for anorexia. Told through journal entries that span the course of two months, we see the main character observing the world through an objective lens where everyone and everything has a label vs. a name: roommates, conditions, and feelings.The book does not bury the cours Sharing out for librarians, counselors, and teachers who share books with their middle grade and young adult readers.In February 2019, Jen Petro-Roy brings us the story of Riley Logan, a twelve-year old who goes into treatment for anorexia. Told through journal entries that span the course of two months, we see the main character observing the world through an objective lens where everyone and everything has a label vs. a name: roommates, conditions, and feelings.The book does not bury the course of treatment in complicated metaphors or symbols making this Petro-Roy's book more like GIRL, INTERRUPTED and IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY for middle grade readers than making this age group work though plot-twists and reveals. This book is a presentation of a young girl who was sick and ends with a young girl who has a clearer sense of what "better" really means.Familial and peer relationships are at focus in GOOD ENOUGH. What also comes clearly into view are how our not-so-thoughtful words echo inside the chambers of our hearts and our heads. A focus on personality and action statements within the book are a good mentor text for how to handle these interventions and interactions.Art and drawing feature within the text as a means of demonstrating how we are often so ready to criticize ourselves in an attempt to beat others to it. We are married to our "Eds" and we show our greatest fidelity--and submission--in our quiet attentiveness when "they" are speaking.Riley's one-to-one counselor, Willow, is an engaging character that Petro-Roy has written as though she is speaking to Riley and to the reader at the same time. A moment wherein Willow reaches into her desk to put something on top of it to illustrate a point is not to be missed.I read through GOOD ENOUGH this morning. One of the features of the book that I really like is that the main characters in the book are reading models for one another. And Jen pulls titles from current graphic novels and midddle grade and young adult that are not issue-related, but, rather, an example of her careful reading into the markets to pull what young women would be reading.Then, I flipped through YOU ARE ENOUGH (feeling like this resource is more between the author and the middle grade reader who wants/needs to know more). I know from the quick glance that Jen has done her life-work. Her survivor-work. Her, now-I'm bringing-this-to-you work. YOU ARE ENOUGH comes with over thirty pages of resource materials and references that not only show the work that the author and the publisher has done together, but the work the reader might do moving forward.
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  • Jo-ann Walsh
    January 1, 1970
    #partnerThank you to Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group and the author for the review copy of this book. Good Enough releases on February 19, 2019. All opinions are my own.Good Enough chronicles a twelve year old girl named Riley who is going through treatment for an eating disorder. The diary/ journal style format gives you an in depth look at how Riley is feeling and what she is thinking throughout her hospital stay and treatment for anorexia. This is such an important and eye opening book. #partnerThank you to Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group and the author for the review copy of this book. Good Enough releases on February 19, 2019. All opinions are my own.Good Enough chronicles a twelve year old girl named Riley who is going through treatment for an eating disorder. The diary/ journal style format gives you an in depth look at how Riley is feeling and what she is thinking throughout her hospital stay and treatment for anorexia. This is such an important and eye opening book. It makes you understand that an eating disorder really is an illness. It is much more than someone deciding whether or not to eat, or stop dieting. Riley must battle with her inner thoughts, be honest with herself, and learn to love herself and accept herself the way she is. In the end, even though she knows it won’t be easy, she is determined to let go of fear, be strong, and win the battle to overcome her eating disorder. Even though I have never had an eating disorder, I have always struggled with my weight. As a teen, I constantly worried about my body image, the clothes I wore, and whether or not I would be accepted by my peers. Thankfully, I had good friends to support me, and who always made me feel good enough. Like Riley, I went to school with mean girls like Talia who can be hard to ignore. Throughout the story, I found myself being a cheerleader for Riley. I was so caught up in the book that I saw her as a real person who I wanted to talk to, encourage, give a big hug to, and give advice to her parents! Jen Petro-Roy has written such a valuable book for kids going through an eating disorder, struggling with body image, or for understanding what people with eating disorders must battle to overcome their disease. I highly recommend this book for kids in grade 6 or up. I also highly recommend the companion book, You Are Enough, which gives valuable information and insight into the recovery process for eating disorders and body image.
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  • Mirabella
    January 1, 1970
    GOOD ENOUGH (2/19/2019) by Jen Petro Roy. Thank you so much to the author for sending me an advanced reader’s copy to review! Riley’s life is on hold. Leaving what she loves, art, track, her younger sister, and her friends, she has no choice but to follow through with what her parents arranged for her so she can seek recovery for eating disorder. Weighed down by the burden of how her anorexia damaged her relationships and how something she loved turned into something dangerous for her health, Ri GOOD ENOUGH (2/19/2019) by Jen Petro Roy. Thank you so much to the author for sending me an advanced reader’s copy to review! Riley’s life is on hold. Leaving what she loves, art, track, her younger sister, and her friends, she has no choice but to follow through with what her parents arranged for her so she can seek recovery for eating disorder. Weighed down by the burden of how her anorexia damaged her relationships and how something she loved turned into something dangerous for her health, Riley knows that the only thing she can do to get everything she loves back is to recover. As she goes to through treatment, Riley grapples with the fact that she does and doesn’t want to recover. Just when her recovery starts to get slightly easier to manage, one of the girls in the hospital begins go against hospital protocol. Faced with triggers and blackmail, Riley begins to realize that recovery is not easy. She also can’t imagine returning home recovered and living life with her mom who is constantly dieting, a bully from school, and her shining-star sister. Realistically told and written by an #OwnVoices author, Jen Petro-Roy tells the intense and turbulent, but hopeful, story of a young girl fighting her own self to reach recovery. It’s hard to explain how much recognition this book deserves. Jen Petro-Roy is an excellent writer with the determined intentions to write about the real experiences and feelings that exist in us humans. I appreciated how Jen Petro-Roy wrote this book with not only sensitivity but realistic depiction as well. I don’t have firsthand experience with hospitals that treat those with an eating disorder, but Petro-Roy wrote with so much rawness that I could tell Riley’s experience wasn’t a weak depiction. She told Riley’s story with straightforward language, and this deserves a round of applause. The best writing doesn’t have concealers or filters. The best writing doesn’t shy away or glamorize. This book is exactly that. I think what really struck me about this book was how Jen wrote about Riley’s wish for recovery but also her wish for everything to stay the same. There was extreme struggle and mixed feelings involved, and I feel like someone could resonate with Riley on this. She isn’t a character people can’t relate with. I also enjoyed the diverse cast of characters with their unique characteristics and personalities. Next to Riley there was one other character that stood out to me the most: Brenna. Although we don’t see as much of Brenna as I would’ve liked to, I enjoyed her enthusiastic, inclusive, and graphic-novel-loving personality. She was the kindest to Riley of all the girls at the hospital in my opinion. When the book ended, I wish I had got to know Brenna more. I think she has a story that none of the characters, except maybe Riley, are aware of that demands to be told. This is when I wish book characters were real people. I would meet Brenna in an instant. I also thought the cover of this book was very cool (although I know it might change for the final copy). The concept of having all the different eyes looking at you reflects how society is quick to judge others and themselves. Such a clever, but societally appropriate, concept for a book cover! I want to take a moment to thank the author of this book, Jen Petro-Roy, for writing this book (and sending it to me!), and continuing the conversation on body image, eating disorders, and body positivity. These topics need to be discussed more. Good Enough hits the shelves February 19, 2019! 
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  • Julie Jaeger
    January 1, 1970
    This is a touching story of a 7th grade girl struggling to overcome an eating disorder. The entire novel takes place during Riley’s hospitalization. She moves through her recovery in a realistic, yet hopeful way. The supporting characters are also engaging and well developed. The counselors that work with Riley demonstrate the positive support network needed, especially at such a delicate age. It’s a story that will speak to kids struggling with body image issues, and I look forward to getting i This is a touching story of a 7th grade girl struggling to overcome an eating disorder. The entire novel takes place during Riley’s hospitalization. She moves through her recovery in a realistic, yet hopeful way. The supporting characters are also engaging and well developed. The counselors that work with Riley demonstrate the positive support network needed, especially at such a delicate age. It’s a story that will speak to kids struggling with body image issues, and I look forward to getting it into my students hands.
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