Book Review Of “The Girls At 17 Swann Street” By Yara Zgheib @Negalley @StMartinsPress

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.

Anna Roux was a professional dancer who followed the man of her dreams from Paris to Missouri. There, alone with her biggest fears – imperfection, failure, loneliness – she spirals down anorexia and depression till she weighs a mere eighty-eight pounds. Forced to seek treatment, she is admitted as a patient at 17 Swann Street, a peach pink house where pale, fragile women with life-threatening eating disorders live. Women like Emm, the veteran; quiet Valerie; Julia, always hungry. Together, they must fight their diseases and face six meals a day.

Yara Zgheib’s poetic and poignant debut novel is a haunting, intimate journey of a young woman’s struggle to reclaim her life. Every bite causes anxiety. Every flavor induces guilt. And every step Anna takes toward recovery will require strength, endurance, and the support of the girls at 17 Swann Street

Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martins Press for gifting me an E-ARC in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I rate this book a 4 out of 5 Stars.

This book was so raw, and emotional, I could not put it down. It was amazing insight to what it would be like to live with an eating disorder, and the thought process that one has. It was heartbreaking to read, see the trauma that even just a bagel with cream cheese could give someone. It was interesting reading how the girls behaved and how they felt regarding food, and the evilness they found in them. It was also a beautiful thing to watch them fight, and to watch them want to live, because they realized they had something worth living for.

On the flipside, this book also comes with some heart wrenching moments, they leave you with some feelings for sure. Once I had started this book, I found it near impossible to put down. I needed to see what happened with Anna. I needed to know if she fought. Overall, I found the writing beautiful, heart wrenching, and I think this book is going to make an impact on it’s readers.

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