Fat Chance

by Leslea Newman Putnam, 1994, $15.95

Based on a real journal left behind by an adolescent girl who died of bulimia, this fictional diary chronicles the insecurities and social pressures that lead a young Jewish girl into an eating disorder. Judi is trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up, trying to maintain her relationship with her best friend Monica, trying to make her single mother proud of her. While balancing the demands of school and home, she also feels the pressure to be tall, thin and beautiful like Nancy Pratt, the most glamorous girl in the eighth grade. Good reading for any pre-teen (female or male) struggling with stress, and for any adult in contact with adolescents.