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Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling

Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling - Lucy Frank Literary Merit: Excellent
Grades: 8-12
Characterization: Good
Recommended: Highly Recommended for libraries and schools

While the physical format of the book may be daunting to some readers, it will inevitably intrigue and fascinate others. Told in verse physically divided on the page in a representation of the curtain separating the characters' hospital room, this novel tells the story of two girls' very different struggles with Crohn's disease. The narration is well-written and easy to follow. The 2 girls are quite different, and their voices really reflect that. They have different outlooks on their disease and treatment, which is really fascinating to see. I really enjoyed the novel, particularly because I got to see the inside of a long-term hospital stay from the perspective of 2 teenage girls. All of the typical teenage issues are stripped away because these girls are struggling to simply survive and be healthy. Their struggle is something that teens with chronic health issues could definitely relate to.