Girls Under Pressure
By Jacqueline Wilson
(Laurel Leaf, Mass Market Paperback, 9780440229582, 224pp.)
Publication Date: April 8, 2003
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Ellie thinks she looks awful. Horrible. FAT. Her best friends are both drop-dead gorgeous and Ellie’s sick of being the ugly duckling. So she goes on a diet. And she even starts to exercise, much to her friends’ and her gym teacher’s amazement. Ellie’s hungry all the time, she works out every spare second, and she’s turned into a grouchy meanie. But if her friends don’t want to deal with the new and improved Ellie, that’s their problem. It’s better to be thin than happy. Isn’t it?
Jacqueline Wilson, a bestselling author in Britain, has written several award-winning books for young people, including The Suitcase Kid, Double Act, and The Lottie Project.