The Fifth Floor by Julie Oleszek

Anna is the 9th of 10 children, having a great time growing up in the 1970s in her big family. When she is 7, her 10 year old sister and best friend, Liz, falls from their swingset and soon afterward begins having headaches, ends up in the hospital, and dies. Anna blames herself for not catching her sister when she fell and shuts down. Ten years later, 17 year old Anna quits eating. After 3 weeks, she is admitted to the fifth floor, a psychiatric ward, where she tries to remain in control of her eating and refuses to open up in therapy sessions.

This is a really excellent, well-written book. Most of it follows Anna’s long stay in the hospital as she works toward healing (fighting it every step of the way). I “bought” this book when it was offered for free recently. While many freebies are not very good, if they sound interesting to me I give them a chance because there are occasional gems and this book stands out among those gems. The writing was excellent and it was well edited. I very highly recommend The Fifth Floor for teens and adults. I really can’t say enough good about this book!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2016: 7
Pages Read in 2016: 1987
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