Objects in Mirror

220p. Red Deer. 2013. pap. $12.95. ISBN 9780889954977.
Gr 7–10—Fifteen-year-old Grace loves riding horses and practically lives at the barn, where she gets to know Matt, her cute coworker. But Grace also struggles with anorexia. She weighs herself daily, criticizing herself when the scales haven't moved in the "right" direction. She stealthily skips meals and documents her calorie intake in her journal. It isn't until she and Matt work together to help abused horses that Grace starts to accept herself and begins the healing process. Robins tries to draw a parallel between Grace's eating disorder and the fragile, mistreated horses with whom the teen works, but the connection is flimsy at best. In this Canadian debut novel, the problems both with the horses and the characters are solved too easily or brushed over with little explanation.—Sarah Allen, Judson High School, Converse, TX

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