Second Star to the Right

Second Star to the Right By Deborah Hautzig, Second Star to the Right Leslie Hiller is a bright attractive talented teenager who leads a privileged life in New York City She is also a perfectionist When Leslie starts to diet she finds herself becoming obsessed getti
  • Title: Second Star to the Right
  • Author: Deborah Hautzig
  • ISBN: 9780141305806
  • Page: 390
  • Format: Paperback
  • Second Star to the Right By Deborah Hautzig, Leslie Hiller is a bright, attractive, talented teenager who leads a privileged life in New York City She is also a perfectionist When Leslie starts to diet, she finds herself becoming obsessed, getting thinner and thinner, until she is forced to realize that her quest for perfection is killing her.First published in 1981, this groundbreaking novel has been lauded by couLeslie Hiller is a bright, attractive, talented teenager who leads a privileged life in New York City She is also a perfectionist When Leslie starts to diet, she finds herself becoming obsessed, getting thinner and thinner, until she is forced to realize that her quest for perfection is killing her.First published in 1981, this groundbreaking novel has been lauded by countless librarians, educators, and teenaged readers This new edition features an afterword by the author in which she discusses her own struggle with the disease, the difficult road toward recovery, and the lasting effects on her life.
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    1. 5 Words haunting, honest, illness, body image.I find it so difficult to review books like this, that are based on part of the authors life It feels so wrong to rate them somehow So this is only a mini review.This was a harrowing, powerful book, quite haunting It was simply written even for the age at which it s targeted set but that fit the main character perfectly.

    2. On the face of it, Leslie is a normal, healthy, well adjusted fourteen year old girl She goes to a good school, has a great friend in Cavett, and a mother who loves her to the moon and back She should be happy, yet she s not She would be, she thinks, if only she were thinner But thinking thin becomes a dangerous obsession and Leslie s weight drops to five stone, threatening to destroy her and the whole fabric of her family life Only by realizing that this condition is an illness and one that has [...]

    3. What causes and addiction Family Stress A mental imbalance Fear What pushes a person to the edge Lifestyle Persuasion Politics Willpower Change This book was written thirty years ago and it should have been assigned reading material for every girl in 9th grade It should have but it wasn t.Now a days we learn about anorexia from Lifetime movies, from our friends, from ourselves It s not as uncommon as when this book was published In this story Leslie wants to get thin She doesn t want to feel fat [...]

    4. Plot Leslie Hiller seems to have it all she s smart, has a loving family and a great best friend Cavett Everything seems to be perfect, but Leslie develops a bit of an obsession with losing weight that goes too far She wants to be happy, so she loses a little bit of weight and then she continues on to self starvation until she is dangerously underweight Anorexia has taken over her entire life and it looks like Leslie is heading towards death instead of happiness.Evaluation This novel really delv [...]

    5. Leslie has a pretty good life a caring family, a best friend and an upper class status Unfortunately, Leslie still wasn t happy and wouldn t be unless she was thin Her eating was the one thing she felt she could control in her life and pretty soon, it took control of her She became anorexic and bulimic She ended up in a center for girls with eating disorders THis is an interesting book, learning about eating disorders from someone who has experienced it It s a slow moving book though.

    6. I was given this book to read for a class assignment and while I knew the subject matter I m still a bit shaken.No it didn t delve as deeply into the sickness as recent writings dealing with the issue of anorexia, but this had the personal touch You could feel her guilt, her confusion, her sadness I wish there was a true conclusion but I guess it ended much in the way of the sickness It is always a struggle and the story isn t ever really over.

    7. Morgane GSecond Star to the Right Review4.5.12Leslie Hiller is a bright, charming young girl At first glance, she seems to be the epitome of a 14 year old, upper New York schoolgirl She s smart, she has a loving family, she has a wonderful best friend, and she has plenty of things to do around town She balances school and her social life well, but she is also a perfectionist While this works out for her when it comes to grades and schoolwork, other matters become very drastic The most drastic of [...]

    8. This is a very powerful novel For the last book I read, Vagilantes , I lamented that I couldn t fully understand the book and or its motives because I just could not comprehend what the main characters were going through However, in Second Star to the Right, I could understand what Leslie went through, and I ll reiterate again it is a very powerful book The most striking point to me in this novel is Leslie s continual cry for help once she has surpassed an already unrealistic goal It was so pain [...]

    9. Marian Hajjar Second star to the Right Deborah Hautzig This is a well organized book.It about a girl named Leslie Hiller , and she is just a normal girl like everyone else.She goes to school , does all her homework , and gets good grades.One day she decides to go on a diet.This continually goes on for days.Then weeks.Then months went by She is now addicted to the diet She is becoming thinner and thinner.She is basically dieng because she refuses to eat She is in high school and only weighs only [...]

    10. I reread this, hoping it was one I ve been looking for for many years, but it wasn t It was very simplistic While Leslie is grappling with her self image, she happily acquiesces to adults I suspect a person going through her inner turmoil would put up of an obvious fight when challenged.The weight loss in this book becomes and rapid, but I would also think that in reality this would not be the case, as past a certain point it would slow down Perhaps the timeline is longer than it seems, but i [...]

    11. Second Star to the Right is the story of a young girl named Leslie Hiller who struggled with anorexia and bulimia She felt as if she lived the perfect life, but there still seemed to be emotional struggle between her and her mother However, after being admitted into a special hospital for anorexic bulimic girls, she appears to be taking a turn for the better The main aspect of this novel is the characterization of Leslie Her emotions are all over the place, ranging from confusion to anger to hel [...]

    12. humm well , this novel was handed to me by accident , i just didn t wander in many libraries looking for it , i didn t even know that such a novel existed there are so many things in this book that i totally disliked , and of course there are as many things that i loved First of all , the cover is just humm beautiful , gray is my second favourite color D the skinny little thing in the cover that gives the reader a mental image of Leslie makes of the cover a clever work humm I loved the first par [...]

    13. It s my guess, with its 1981 copyright, this is one of the first novels to tackle anorexia As Leslie tries to balance all the parts of her life, she learns one thing she CAN control is the amount of food she eats When forced to eat in front of her family, she decends into bulimia can convince her the dictator in her head will kill her It begins innocently enough just a few pounds, and then a few More control And the numbers continue to drop Hautzig lets us into Leslie s mind, and into her suffe [...]

    14. This books details the experience of a young woman battling an eating disorder She attends a great private school in New York, has a wonderful friend in Cavett, has all of her material needs and wants met by caring parentswhy isn t she happy She has been uncomfortable with her appearance for a while and has begun taking steps to fix it The author shares intricate details of how this disorder affects teens because she battled with it herself As Leslie the main character , gets further into this d [...]

    15. Nice to fly through a book in 90 minutes while drinking beer on a sunny day outside As Kurt Vonnegut said, If this ain t nice what is As my father in law Walter Maheux said, It don t get no better Funny to be reading this while reading Marya Hornbacher s far serious and excellent non fiction Wasted Which is also about anorexia and bulimia And the main character is extremely likeable Just your average geek I think we all feel incredibly awkward at 14 And we live with an absolutely bizarre diet c [...]

    16. This novel is really a barely fictionalized autobiographical account of the author s struggle with anorexia It records the thought patterns, behavior, addiction that not eating becomes in a girl s struggle to gain control over her life in the light of a demanding mother, an absent father, and internal conflicts which tear the girl apart The only drawback is the open ending, with only the author s note at the end to shed light on what happened after the novel ends The ending is mostly positive, s [...]

    17. At probably thirteen years old, this was the first book I ever read regarding eating disorders It begins in a stereotypical way privileged white female with mommy issues decides to go on diet but does redeem itself somewhat Considering the fact that this novel was written in 1981, a time when eating disorders weren t quite household conversation, Second Star to the Right deserves mounds of credit However, if you re looking for a book confronting anorexia nervosa, I would suggest finding somethin [...]

    18. Leslie Hiller is determined to be perfect, but feels that her life is getting and out of her control In order to regain her sense of control, she decides to control the one thing in her life that she CAN control food She gets dangerously thin, but never feels she is thin enough I found the story itself the fictionalized account of the author s life to be merely ho hum The afterward, in which the author recounts her own struggle with anorexia, is truly moving and is what makes this book worth r [...]

    19. I read this book several times when I was about twelve or thirteen, and even though I haven t read it in years, I can still remember it so vividly I was having similar issues as main character Leslie at the time I couldn t comment technically on how GOOD the book really is, because as I say I was very young when I read it But it stuck with me Not many books truly do that Definitely worth a read.

    20. This book confronts anorexia, which is good for young adults because they should know that it s a serious problem but the book is also kind of cheesy With a title like Second Star to the Right, there is bound to be a reference or two to Peter Pan and sure enough, there is at least once where second star to the right and straight on till morning is somewhere in the book a little bit of a cop out if you ask me.

    21. This is no a book at 155 pages it is like a Novella Although the book covers the subject, it does not draw you in to the main character and at no point do you see her as anything other than a spoiled, selfish, self indulgent child who thinks she is selfless I did not empathize with her Additionally, the book just ends very oddly It really was not good by today s standards.

    22. Engrossing and heart wrenching as you read about the struggles that not only the main character experiences, but the family and friends as well A story that I would definitely not mind reading all over again You feel a sense of inspiration after realising that anorexia nervosa is not only a struggle physically, but mentally and emotionally as well A definite Good Read.

    23. The book was ok It was hard to follow sometimes Her hospital stays didn t sound real to me For instance, they don t have to eat, just drink five cups of liquid per day, and one of the options is coke I recognize the due to the time period perhaps how that was how the hospitals dealt with the eating disorder patients.

    24. I didn t enjoy or engage with this book Very simple writing style which just didn t grasp the horror the main character was living It felt safe, unchallenging, weak There are endless books covering this subject matter, which are much accurate, better written, honest.

    25. not sure what i m doing reading this, but whatever.end it was first published in 1981, so Anorexia wasn t widely known the characters conversations were made interesting by the historical context not very thorough in addressing all the conflicts, but is like a story within a story.

    26. I read this book because I work with an anorexic girl at school and I hoped this would help me understand her This book is about a girl who deals with anorexia and is hospitilized I am not sure I understand any about the disease.

    27. Very eh I liked this book better than The Best Little Girl in the World , though Quick read I read it today while I was hiding in the back of the library, skipping AP Biology.

    28. I loved this book as a teenager It actually made me think about a topic that wasn t completely vapid pointless, which is rare in YA.

    29. esta historia te hace reflexionar sobre varios temas y uno de los que mas habla es del de la anorexia,y te hace ver como piensan las personas que sufren esa enfermedad

    30. I was really able to understand the character and relate to her disease Powerful writing I want to keep this book for my kids to read later.

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