Contents of blog copyright Book Dragon's Lair 2009-2023
I've been gone a while. I started reading fanfiction to escape and I got sucked in an abyss.

I have no idea if someone else is hosting similar challenges. I just grabbed some of what I have hosted before.

Here's to a happy year of great reading
Jan2023: Not much has changed. Writing a fanfiction now O_o as well as reading but I bought 7 new books in December and hope to get those read soon. Crossing fingers about adding challenges (late!)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Review: Dancing With Ana

Dancing With Ana
Nicole Barker

Publisher: Golden Road Press
Release Date: August 2009
format: Trade paperback
pages: 170
genre: young adult

from the publisher
Beth is a lucky girl…

She comes from a loving family. She has three best friends. She loves to surf and lives five minutes from the beach. She also recently discovered that the boy she’s grown up with has the most amazing green eyes…

Beth has every reason to smile. Every reason to be happy. Every reason to feel blessed.

Then why is she sticking her fingers down her throat?

Dancing With Ana. A story about the journey to acceptance of one’s own reality, the incredible bond that exists between friends and a love that truly endures all things.

My thoughts
I am not the target audience for this book but Nicole Barker took me back to high school. Showed me the insecurities and desire to be one of the popular kids. Beth figured she had found out why she and her friends were not popular. They were fatter than the most popular girl. Do not fret, she had the answer too.

Diet & exercise.

Beth and her friends had me wanting to shake some sense into them. None of them were overly "fat", they just weren't model thin. The book reads so well it was real to me and it scared me that our girls are going through this.

Then there's Beth best friend, Jeremy, and "He was looking at her in a way she'd never seen before...." Growing up is never easy.

This was a quick read. A slice of life that doesn't cover more than a school year but we aged years waiting for the girls to discover a healthy life.

My Rating: 4

This was a review book sent to me free of charge with no obligation but to read and review honestly.

F.Y.I. This book is available to purchase at

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