Losing It by Sandy McKay

May 1, 2007 at 1:19 pm | Posted in Fiction, New Zealand, Young Adult | Leave a comment

Fifteen-year-old Johanna Morrison is in hospital suffering from anorexia and bulimia. The book is written in the form of letters between Jo and her friend Issy. Through these letters the reader learns of Jo’s family background and the reasons why she has become ill. Issy provided an optimistic, positive, influence for Jo by detailing school events and family dramas, and some friendly advice. Much of Jo’s therapy is discussed and realtionships between staff and fellow patients.
This is Sandy McKay’s first novel for young adults. She is more well-known for her books for children. “Losing It” is written with intelligence and sensitivity. It is about one girl’s journey towards insight and understanding of her past and the strength of friendship.
I would recommend this book to teenagers and adults alike.

Recommended by Maureen


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