I’m thrilled to be hosting a spot on Taking Up Space by Alyson Gerber Blog Tour hosted by Turn The Page Tours. Keep reading to see my review and to enter the giveaway!
Taking Up Space
By Alyson Gerber
May 18, 2021
Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction, Mental Health
Sarah loves basketball more than anything. Crushing it on the court makes her feel like she matters. And it’s the only thing that helps her ignore how much it hurts when her mom forgets to feed her.
But lately Sarah can’t even play basketball right. She’s slower now and missing shots she should be able to make. Her body doesn’t feel like it’s her own anymore. She’s worried that changing herself back to how she used to be is the only way she can take control over what’s happening.
When Sarah’s crush asks her to be partners in a cooking competition, she feels pulled in a million directions. She’ll have to dig deep to stand up for what she needs at home, be honest with her best friends, and accept that she doesn’t need to change to feel good about herself.
This book is a must read for all! It is relatable for so many. Body shaming and bullying are very real. Growing up a bigger girl I know the feelings that go along with it. Feeling as you don’t fit in is one of the worst feelings ever. You will do just about anything to fix it. This story just really hit home with me. Even though it was on the other end of the scale I’m sure the feelings are the same. Eating disorders are serious no matter which side you are on. It’s so very important for younger kids to be aware of these problems. Not only for themselves but in case they see someone else struggling.
The author does a great job at bringing awareness to a very touchy subject. Tied in with family and friends relationships being put to the test, and you have a story that every teenager will relate to. It’s a quick read that everyone should take the time to enjoy.
About The Author
Alyson Gerber is the author of the critically-acclaimed, own-voices novels Braced and Focused. Her third novel Taking Up Space will be in stores on May 18, 2021. She has an MFA from The New School in Writing for Children and lives in New York City with her family.
BRACED received three starred reviews, was a Junior Library Guild Selection, and has been nominated for state book awards in Oklahoma, Indiana, New Hampshire, Virginia, South Dakota, and Georgia. Alyson’s second novel, FOCUSED, about a girl caught between her love of chess and her ADHD, was picked as a best book of year by The Today Show, Kirkus Reviews, and A Mighty Girl and has been nominated for state book awards in Rhode Island, Oklahoma, and Michigan. Her latest novel, TAKING UP SPACE, based on her experience with disordered eating, will help readers recognize how much they matter and see that if something negative is taking up space in their minds, even if there isn’t a name for it, they should ask for help.
Connect With Alyson
Enter the giveaway for a chance to win one (1) finished copy of Taking Up Space by Alyson Gerber! Open to USA residents only. There will be 1 winner.
Giveaway starts: Monday, May 17, 2021
Giveaway ends: Monday, May 24, 2021 at 12:00 a.m. CST
Huge thank you to Turn The Page Tours, Alyson Gerber & Scholastic for gifting me a copy of this book so that I could share it with all of you!