General Fiction (Adult)

The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib

The Girls at 17 Swann StreetThe Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Out February 5th! Pre-order at Amazon here.

4.5 stars. I am so incredibly happy that I requested this book from NetGalley. I have such a long list of ARCs to read that I was contemplating taking one more right now, and I do not regret it. This is a book that will stick with me for a while.

I’ll share this from the publisher because I think it speaks volumes about the book:

The chocolate went first, then the cheese, the fries, the ice cream. The bread was more difficult, but if she could just lose a little more weight, perhaps she would make the soloists’ list. Perhaps if she were lighter, danced better, tried harder, she would be good enough. Perhaps if she just ran for one more mile, lost just one more pound.

Take a deep dive into the life of Anna Roux, an aspiring dancer diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, as she journeys through treatment for her disorder. If you have ever wanted to understand the mindset of a person with an eating disorder, this book speaks volumes, and is sure to give you insight.

I have never read anything by Yara Zgheib but she has made a new fan. Along with being incredibly touching, raw, and real, it was an extremely easy read. The dialogue was simple and eloquent. I felt Anna’s struggle throughout the entire story from start to finish. I very much enjoyed the juxtaposition of Anna’s personal experience in treatment with the clinical notes of her medical team’s treatment plans. It gave the story two very different, but equally important, perspectives.

This is such a minor point because the book was fabulous, but I would have liked to have had more plot line devoted to Anna’s interactions with her fellow roommates at the treatment facility. At times I felt like I got a surface level look at the relationships (some were more pronounced than others). Based on the prose, they played a large role/had a large influence on her, but sometimes I wish I would have felt that more from the dialogue.

Overall, this is such an important book. Not enough people talk about mental illness and eating disorders. It tends to be a somewhat taboo subject but this is an intimate look into what over 30 million Americans struggle with every day.

-I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, Yara Zgheib, and St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to review.-

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