Girls Under Pressure by Jacqueline Wilson

Girls Under Pressure by Jacqueline Wilson

Magda is tall and glamorous, Nadine is willowy and 'gothic'. And Ellie . . . well, Ellie is just plain normal. The three girls have been best friends forever, but now Ellie is convinced she's fat, Nadine wants to be a model, and Magda worries that her appearance is giving guys the wrong idea. The pressure is on for them to change the way they look - but can they learn to love themselves, just the way they are?

Hey! Here's my review.

This young adult novel gives a first person account of a 14 year old girl who develops an eating disorder. It gives a very simplistic version of a rapidly escalating and easily resolved case, that may not be particularly relatable to people suffering with an eating disorder. It does demonstrate how irrational the thought process can become and is a great book to raise awareness of eating disorders and what signs to look for.

I didn't personally relate to any of the characters, but I did empathise with them and hoped they would be able to work through their issues. 

I listened to the audiobook edition. The narrator spoke clearly and at a good pace, but I feel the book would have suited someone with a younger sounding voice as it was written in first person from the view of a 14 year old girl rather than a third person narrator.


  • Where: Borrowbox
  • Format: audiobook
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