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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...
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...
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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.

 

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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 and The Nation, and she blogs for The Huffington Post. She lives in Greenwich Village with her husband, writer Tony Hiss, and their son.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from April 29, 2013
    The story of 15-year-old Mike Welles’s descent into anorexia is narrated by the disease itself, the insidious voice inside his head preying on his every vulnerability. The voice waits patiently for an opening, which comes in the form of Mike’s parents’ marital crisis and his insecurity around a new crush, pushing Mike to exercise, coaching him to subsist on next to nothing, and encouraging a friendship with Amber, who is also anorexic. Mike drops weight, isolates himself, and yearns to be thinner, which he equates with true strength. A therapist eventually tells Mike that he has been eclipsed and, “the only real thing about you now is your eating disorder.” Metzger, in her first novel since Missing Girls (1999), lays bare this truth in an unsettling story that offers a painful and necessary account of how eating disorders affect boys, too. 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. Ages 14–up. Agent: Susan Cohen, Writers House.

  • Rita Williams-Garcia, Newbery Honor author of One Crazy Summer

    "Lois Metzger's deeply interior story sheds necessary light on an otherwise unspoken pain. A must-read."

  • Publishers Weekly (starred review)

    "An unsettling story that offers a painful and necessary account of how eating disorders affect boys, too. 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."

  • Patricia McCormick, National Book Award finalist for Never Fall Down

    "At its heart, A Trick of the Light is a compassionate and inventive exploration of a little-understood behavior that plagues a surprising number of young men."

  • School Library Journal

    "A chilling, straightforward novel written with depth and understanding, A Trick of the Light shows readers that they must always be vigilant about the voice they listen to-even when it is their own."

  • Richard Peck, Newbery Medal-winning author of A Year Down Yonder

    "Mike's world is beginning to spin out of control. But the voice in his head can tell him exactly how to "master the chaos" in this horror story wrapped in reality. A Trick of the Light deserves to stand on the same shelf as Laurie Halse Anderson's Wintergirls."

  • James Howe, author of Addie On the Inside

    "A Trick of the Light is a masterpiece of narrative voice, riveting from beginning to end. I can honestly say I've never read anything like it. Stunningly original and profoundly insightful, this book has touched me as a reader and inspired me as a writer."

  • Todd Strasser, author of If I Grow Up

    "A Trick of the Light is a marvel. It's hard to imagine a more convincing and insightful depiction of a teenager dealing with a serious personal issue, and yet the story does so in a mysterious and unexpected way."

  • Robert Crais, New York Times #1 bestselling author of Suspect

    "A Trick of the Light should be required reading in our schools. Rendered with sensitivity and intelligence, Metzger's beautifully drawn novel illuminates the sneaky-insidious nature of eating disorders with clarity, heart-rending honesty, and hope."

  • The Horn Book

    "Startlingly original... Metzger's compelling psychological drama takes on the subject of a boy with an eating disorder. The narrative voice-Mike's eating disorder, personified-is the star of this masterfully written novel, which becomes a horror story of sorts."

  • Michael Cart, ALA Booklist

    "Metzger's cautionary tale is made more powerful and dramatic by her choice of narrator: the voice in Mike's head. Readers will be easily caught by the quandary: Will the voice prevail, or will Mike recover control of his mind-and his body-before it's too late?"

  • Kirkus Reviews

    "The story is well-plotted and its prose engaging... an ambitious and unusual take on teens and eating disorders."

  • Katie Haegele, The Philadelphia Inquirer

    "A unique look at mental illness [and a] powerful method of illustrating the warped thinking that characterizes an eating disorder. This unusual and moving novel addresses complicated ideas, and is ultimately a hopeful tale about coming back to life."

  • Jill Ratzan, BookPage

    "The [narrative] voice in A Trick of the Light is manipulative and deceitful, drawing readers into Mike's head and forcing them to decide for themselves what's true and what's twisted. Don't be misled by the book's small size: This slim volume packs a big emotional punch."

  • Pamela Thompson, Library Media Specialist, El Paso, Texas

    "Stunning, heart-wrenching, and painful, yet uplifting and hopeful, A Trick of the Light is an important book for teens. Told from the male point of view, A Trick of the Light addresses negative body image and weight issues for boys."

  • Beth Kephart, author of Small Damages and Handling the Truth

    "A new and important look at an issue that deserves our attention, and compassion."

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