REVIEW: Nothing Tastes As Good by Claire Hennessy


28101625Nothing Tastes as Good by Claire Hennessy.
Published by Hot Key Books.
Publication date July 14th, 2016.
Genres young adult, health, mental heath, contemporary, fiction, paranormal.
Pages 336.
Format ARC.
Source Publisher.

Don’t call her a guardian angel. Annabel is dead – but she hasn’t completely gone away. Annabel immediately understands why her first assignment as a ghostly helper is to her old classmate: Julia is fat. And being fat makes you unhappy. Simple, right?

As Annabel shadows Julia’s life in the pressured final year of school, Julia gradually lets Annabel’s voice in, guiding her thoughts towards her body, food, and control.

But nothing is as simple as it first seems. Spending time in Julia’s head seems to be having its own effect on Annabel . . . And she knows that once the voices take hold, it’s hard to ignore them.


Nothing Tastes as Good is stunning. Hennessy gives a near spot-on representation of suffering with mental health issues and eating disorders. This novel is extremely poignant, it provokes sympathy and - in some cases - empathy. Nothing Tastes as Good was a fantastically written novel, that has the perfect mix of quirky and serious - it's an informative novel, but at the same time, it's still highly enjoyable. 

Annabel was a victim of anorexia; she died of heart failure. After her death, she was given the task to help her old classmate, Julia, with losing some weight, as she is close to obesity. At first, Annabel is reluctant to help but as she learns more about Julia's life Annabel is motivated to help her old classmate. Julia is an aspiring journalist, who has suffered through some terrible things and struggles to control how much she eats. But Julia soon starts to give into Annabel's help and starts to lose weight. 

Hennessy has written two amazing females, Annabel and Julia were enjoyable characters, both seemed realistic. Whilst I might have my problems with Annabel at the beginning of the novel, my opinion soon changed of her throughout the course of Nothing Tastes as Good. I thought that the character development of every character in Hennessy's novel was incredible, it made each and every single one of the characters likeable and I found it hard to dislike any of them by the time I had finished reading Nothing Tastes as Good. I loved Julia; she was possibly one of my favourite characters in the entire novel. I often felt empathy with Julia, which made me tear up during certain parts of the novel. Nothing Tastes as Good has a great set of characters, you're missing out if you haven't already read this novel.

If you want to read a novel that deals with real-life, social issues such as mental health, Nothing Tastes as Good is the one that you should pick up. This was such a down-to-earth novel, I'm glad I had the chance to read it. 

I received Nothing Tates as Good from the publisher, in no way has this affected my opinion nor the content of this review. 

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