Each month, I'll buy a new book and feature it on my blog to support and promote diverse authors and subjects. If it's posted here, it's a safe bet that I loved them, but I will try and add a little explanation as to what I loved.
TWO GIRLS STARING AT THE CEILING is a novel in verse about a girl who is newly diagnosed with Crohn's disease, and her friendship with a fellow sufferer she meets in hospital. Having Crohn's myself, this felt like an appropriate book to read as the first for my project.
Frank, a Crohn's sufferer herself, has written a realistic and beautiful portrayal of life with Crohn's disease. I absolutely adored this story, the first I've ever read relating to Crohn's that wasn't informational. At first, it was confronting to see so many aspects about this disease laid out there in a way that felt almost too familiar. But that feeling quickly passed and became the sort of familiarity that has you nodding and cheering and feeling a sort of relief that you didn't have to say all of this stuff yourself.
All in all, I can't recommend this book highly enough, whether you're living with, interested in, or supporting someone with this or a similar disease, or just want a short but hard-hitting read.