Nothing Tastes As Good

Nothing Tastes As Good

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Hot Key Books


What happens when you give in to the voices in your head?

Annabel is dead. And she’s not happy about it. Despite having strived to be ‘lighter than air’ back when she was alive, the consequences of that yearning haven’t quite sunk in yet.

Julia Jacobs is fat. Which Annabel immediately notices when she’s assigned as Julia’s ghostly helper (don’t even think about calling her a guardian angel). And as her helper, Julia’s problem seems pretty obvious to Annabel. Fat = problem = unhappy. Sorted.


I first heard about this book from one of my favourite author’s Louise O’Neill. It sounded so intriguing. It’s about Annabel, who has died after suffering from heart failure due to anorexia. Annabel is assigned to Julia Jacobs to help her out. To Annabel, Julia’s problem is pretty obvious. Julia is fat. To make her happy, Annabel believes that she has to encourage Julia to lose weight.

This book is pretty raw. Eating disorders are explored through Annabel’s afterlife and Claire Hennessey really doesn’t hold back. I didn’t really understand from the beginning what Annabel’s purpose was. Annabel is determined to ‘help’ Julia with her weight. However, Annabel finds through Julia she begins to discover herself. Annabel discovers that there are so many reasons why people can have issues with food. Julia also learns a lot through the story. She explores her own issues with food and learns to accept what makes her want to overeat.

I definitely think this book should come with a little warning. It’s certainly an intense read and if you don’t feel strong enough to read it, then I wouldn’t recommend it. That said, this book is incredibly unique, powerful and well written. It is one that I believe will divide opinion. It takes a little while to get used to, but it certainly is one of the most unique books that I’ve read this year. I’d definitely read more from Claire Hennessy.

Would I recommend it?:

A wonderful YA debut. This book is unique.

Stacking The Shelves #145

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page!


Thanks to Hot Key Books/Bonnier

Nothing Tastes As Good Ruby Oliver 1: The Boyfriend List The Boy Book: A Study of Habits and Behaviors, Plus Techniques for Taming Them (Ruby Oliver, #2)  The Yellow Room

Nothing Tastes As GoodClaire Hennessy– I have heard so much about this book, so I snapped up a copy when I was given a chance! This is my next read, for sure!

The Boyfriend List and The Boy BookE. Lockhart- This books have been out for a while, but I assume are being rereleased. They look like quick summer reads, so I decided to get my hands on them!

The Yellow  RoomJess Valance– I love that simple cover. It sounds really intriguing too.


I’ve had my eye on these books for a while now…

Crush The Girl in the Blue Coat The Square Root of Summer  Lying About Last Summer Head Over Heels (Geek Girl, #5)

Crush Eve Ainsworth-Ooh, this book has really intrigued me. I really enjoyed Eve Ainsworth’s 7 days and  this book looks like it’s going to be just as gripping. It does deal with an abusive relationship so I think it’s going to be a tough read.

The Girl In The Blue CoatMonica Hesse– I have an interest in reading books set in World War II. This book looks like it’ll be another tough, but important read.

The Square Root Of SummerHarriet Reuter Hapgood– The pretty cover drew me to this book, I have to admit. I have also heard some wonderful things about it, so I look forward to reading this book, this summer!

Lying About Last Summer Sue Wallman– This book seems to be getting a lot of buzz around the blogosphere, so I’m intrigued!

Head Over Heels Holly Smale– I adore the Geek Girl series so I’m excited to get back to that world!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’l stop by! Happy Reading! 😀