Release Date: Feb 8, 2017
Pea is a sixteen year old girl who struggles with the eating disorder ARFID (Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder). Her illness makes her avoid certain foods limiting her socialization with friends. She meets a boy named Ben but fears he will reject her once he discovers her secret. Her last boyfriend couldn’t handle her illness and this hurt her emotionally.
After a few weeks with Ben, Pea starts to feel happier and decides to go off her anxiety medication. She does this without notifying her doctors or parents. At first she feels fine but then her life starts to spiral out of control. Her battle to reclaim her old life becomes the main theme of the book.
This is a realistic book about a teenager living with a disorder in the stressful world of high school. It is targeted at young adults but the story does have universal appeal. This is a wonderful debut novel by Stephanie Elliot.