• Letting Ana Go

  • Anonymous Diaries
  • By: Anonymous
  • Narrated by: Chloe Cannon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (107 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the tradition of Go Ask Alice and Lucy in the Sky, a harrowing account of anorexia and addiction.

She was a good girl from a good family, with everything she could want or need. But below the surface, she felt like she could never be good enough. Like she could never live up to the expectations that surrounded her. Like she couldn't do anything to make a change.

But there was one thing she could control completely: how much she ate. The less she ate, the better - stronger - she felt.

But it's a dangerous game, and there is such a thing as going too far....

Her innermost thoughts and feelings are chronicled in the diary she left behind.

©2013 Simon & Schuster, Inc. (P)2019 Tantor

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Love all the anonymous dairy books sad endings but still good must read if you like "go ask Alice "

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Letting Ana Go

Struggled to finish the book. It was a very sad, but true story. I hope that young girls including my daughter understand that they are beautiful no matter what.

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Narrator makes book almost impossible to listen to

I'm almost at the middle of the book, so I'll have to come back after finishing the book to give story & overall ratings.

... But I HAD to stop partway, because narrator Chloe Cannon is just AWFUL. Even if the tangible book says "Me: ..." "Jill: ..." "Me: ..." "Vanessa: ..." "Jill: ..." "Me: ..." "Jill: ...", it's absolutely INFURIATING to listen to the narrator's oration of it. It sounds so choppy and is completely distracting that it is actually giving me a headache. This narration is the equivalent of driving on a bumpy road with a lot of potholes, for however many hours this book is.

This book requires either (1) multiple narrators, or (2) a narrator who is highly skilled at changing her voice for each character, eliminating the need for the back and forth narration. A good narrator wouldn't need to constantly state who is saying what because we'd know who is speaking by the difference of each character's voice. SOOOO ANNOYING.

The story seems good so far, but I'm really struggling to get through this without a headache. I like to listen to books all the way through in one sitting, especially now being stuck at home due to COVID. This is a book that must be paused often because of this aggravation.

This narrator should stick to books that don't require multiple characters, such as politics, history, science or textbooks.... but certainly not fiction or nonfiction novels with any characters at all. I will not read any other book that is narrated by her.

I hope I can make it all the way through the book because the story so far seems interesting. I actually had to take an Excedrin Migraine pill to continue listening through this awful narration, and I STILL have to stop and take breaks every few chapters.

I suggest people buy a tangible copy of this book. This has the potential to be a great Audio book if there were multiple narrators, or one narrator who is good at adjusting her voice for each character. That way, there'd be smooth transitions for a seamless performance, while bringing each character to life.

Finished. Decent, totally predictable story. Basically a Lifetime channel Movie story. Nothing educational of substance, very surface. Lots of crying, including multiple times by high school boyfriend, a "popular guy." Like that ever happens.

Eh.

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Truthful

Heartbreaking depiction of the mind with ED
IF YOU HAVE A FAMILY MEMBER WITH AN ESTING DISORDER GET THIS TODAY!!! Speed the word eating disorders are SERIOUS!

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Everything in Her (unnamed) life was perfect, until Her dad left home, probably because Her mother was too fat. She begins a diet with Her best friend, Jill, which, due to other unaddressed stressors in Her life, turns into anorexia.

LETTING ANA GO, written in diary format, follows Her slow plunge from first place runner to anorexia. A lot of the diary entries were repetitive and boring, day after day of her weight, calories and dieting just isn't that interesting. LETTING ANA GO does a great job showing the subtle changes in Her thinking and behavior, and is probably how a lot of teens with eating disorders feel. Obsessing about food and weight is tedious and repetitive, because that's a component of the illness. Anonymous could have done a better job with pacing, which finally picked up during the last 30% and ended strong. The ending was the best part of the story.

I'm not sure I'd recommend LETTING ANA GO to girls suffering from eating disorders, reading about food, calories and weight can't be helpful. Once She is diagnosed, there are helpful warnings, but these aren't anything teens don't already know. Parents worried about their children might get some insights into their thinking, but that's about it. The only reason for two stars instead of one is the strong ending.

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Great Listen

Really shows the reality of "recovery" with anorexia. It doesn't always work all the time and those stories need to be shared. Was a good listen and put more things into perspective. I recommend reading.

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Amazing book

This book is amazing. Highly recommend. This book is very informative. Would recommend for teens and young adults.

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Twist Ending !

I loved this book Soo much and the narrator kept me intrigued it made me feel like I was in the book myself

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My favorite ED book.

This is my favorite ED book because it's so real and honest in what it's like to have one and as sad as it is there is no happy ending and that is often the sad truth to this deadly disorder.

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