A Trick of the Light by Lois Metzger

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Metzger’s choice to cast the disease in the role of narrator forces readers inside Mike’s head, an extremely uncomfortable yet illuminating way to examine this lethal disease.
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Telling a story of a rarely recognized segment of eating disorder sufferers—young men—A Trick of the Light by Lois Metzger is a book for fans of the complex characters and emotional truths in Laurie Halse Anderson's Wintergirls and Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why.

Mike Welles had everything under control. But that was before. Now things are rough at home, and they're getting confusing at school. He's losing his sense of direction, and he feels like he's a mess. Then there's a voice in his head. A friend, who's trying to help him get control again. More than that—the voice can guide him to become faster and stronger than he was before, to rid his life of everything that's holding him back. To figure out who he is again. If only Mike will listen.

 

About Lois Metzger

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Lois Metzger was born in Queens and has always written for young adults. She is the author of three previous novels and two nonfiction books about the Holocaust, and she has edited five anthologies. Her short stories have appeared in collections all over the world. Her writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's Bazaar, and The Nation. She lives in Greenwich Village with her husband and son. You can visit her online at www.loismetzger.com.
 
Published June 18, 2013 by Balzer + Bray. 213 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Apr 29 2013

Metzger’s choice to cast the disease in the role of narrator forces readers inside Mike’s head, an extremely uncomfortable yet illuminating way to examine this lethal disease.

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Below average
on Apr 10 2013

An ambitious and unusual take on teens and eating disorders—but not an entirely satisfactory one.

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