Zoe doesn't know why she's at Twin Birch. Her mother woke her up one morning and drove her here. The place isn't like a hospital -- not like most of them, anyway. It's a fancy house with dorms and cooking classes and supervised eating. That's the hardest part. Still, Zoe doesn't know why she's there. She keeps writing letters to her best friend, Elise. Elise doesn't ever answer, but Zoe knows there must be a good reason -- a last minute vacation or a busy summer or something. Meanwhile, Zoe is left to deal with her super creepy room mate Caroline, and Brooke with her terrifying rage. Victoria might not be so bad, but she's so tiny. She's not like Zoe, the biggest girl there. It's not hard to figure out what Twin Birch thinks she's there for. What her therapist thinks she's supposed to be dealing with. But Elise can't --or maybe won't -- see how she's like the other girls. Zoe's story is compelling, a true page-turner, part mystery and part psychological drama. As the summer goes on, secret after secret is revealed, shedding light on both Zoe's past and her future in spite of Zoe's best efforts to keep herself and the people around her in the dark. With elegant writing and a character whose voice refuses to go unheard, ZOE LETTING GO is a fantastic read that leaves the reader wanting more from author Nora Price. Certainly, I can't wait to see what this author delivers next.
Zoe Letting Go - eBook
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“When the truth about her past is disclosed…the effect works like gangbusters.”
–New York Times Book Review
A girl's letters to her best friend reveal two lives derailed by anorexia in this haunting debut that's Laurie Halse Anderson's Wintergirls meets The Sixth Sense.
Zoe knows she doesn’t belong in a hospital—so why is she in one?
Twin Birch isn’t just any hospital. It’s a strange mansion populated by unnerving staff and glassy-eyed patients. It’s a place for girls with serious problems; skinny, spindly girls with eating disorders who have a penchant for harming themselves.
Zoe isn’t like them. And she can’t figure out why she was sent here. Writing letters to her best friend Elise keep her sane, grounded in the memories of her past—but mired in them, too. Elise never writes back.
Zoe is lost without her, unsure of how to navigate tenuous new friendships and bizarre rules without Elise by her side. But as her letters intertwine with journal entries chronicling her mysterious life at Twin Birch, another narrative unfolds. The hidden story of a complicated friendship; of the choices we make, the truths we tell others, and the lies we tell ourselves. The story of a friendship that has the potential to both save—and damage beyond repair. And Zoe finds she must confront the truth about her past once and for all, before she can finally let go.
Nora Price’s debut young adult book is a heart-wrenching meditation on the bonds of friendship with a gripping psychological twist.Zoe Letting Go - eBook
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