Clara has grown up in New York with her famous ballerina mother. Not only does she live in her shadow, she has been conditioned by her mother to exercise relentlessly and watch “everything” that she eats. Clara suffers from orthorexia, an unhealthy obsession with diet and exercise, and she needs an escape for the summer.
The following novel study works best individually or in a literature circle/book talk format. Many of the questions will open up students to discussion, research, and inquiry into topics beyond the scope of the novel. There is an answer key for teacher reference at the the end of the question section. There are seven, open ended questions at the end of the novel study for students to explore different issues and themes more deeply.