When his parents decide to separate, eighth-grader Donnie watches with horror as the physical condition of his sixteen-year old sister, Karen, deteriorates due to an eating disorder.
Fourteen-year-old Donnie narrates the painful story about his older sister Karen's disintegration into crippling anorexia as his parents battle and storm through a rotten marriage and he fades away in loneliness and depression, a social pariah at school. Donnie's universe consists of desperately trying to help Karen and monitor the highs and lows of his parents' relationship. As the peacemaker, Donnie finds it harder and harder to mediate between the two worlds and comes to realize he must chose between sticking up for himself and withdrawing completely.
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Subgenre: Family / General, General, Family / Siblings, Social Issues / Emotions + Feelings, Social Issues / Death + Dying