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Critical Praise for Reasons to Be Happy

“Kittle…pulls the reader through the numbing abyss of an eating-disorder and back along the slow, empowering journey to overcome it. Hannah’s believability as a character as well as the realistic, painful depiction of bulimia make this a standout.”
Booklist, October 1, 2011

“Through her travels and experiences, Hannah gains a new perspective on the notion of beauty and friendship. …With a forthright intensity, Kittle’s tale examines a complex subject.”
Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2011
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“I bawled my eyes out and grinned like an idiot reading this book. Is there anything Katrina Kittle can’t write? I think not.”
—Jill Miner, Saturn Booksellers
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“What I love about this story is that Hannah is a strong girl and we witness an amazing transformation of how she finds herself again… Along the way, Hannah’s journey reminds us all of what we have to be grateful for and as Hannah says herself, the most important one is knowing who you are. 5 of 5 Stars.”
National Children’s Books, Examiner.com (10/18/11)

“The descriptions of this eating disorder are accurate and compelling.  …worthy of a read by middle schoolers on the threshold of the issues facing teens today. It would make excellent bibliotherapy for guidance counselors to implement with their young students.”
VOYA magazine (Voice of Youth Advocates),  October 2011

“Reason to be happy number 303:  Reading this book. Seriously. Katrina Kittle masterfully nails the angst, insecurity and confusion of the world of eighth grade. A must-read for anyone who ever tried to fit in.”
— Sharon M. Draper, New York Times bestselling author of Out of My Mind and other books for teens

“Gripping! I was instantly swept away by Hannah’s struggles and greatly inspired by her journey. This is a powerful book, and I recommend it for anyone who has ever worried about how to fit in.”
—Kristina McBride, author of The Tension of Opposites

BOOK BLOGS

“There are few words to adequately describe how wonderful and poignantly written this book is. I can honestly say the book made me laugh, cry, and everything in between. Kittle weaves an excellent story while encompassing real problems real people face every single day.”
Bookend: A Teen Book Review Blog
(1/30/12)

“To start, I just want to say this is one of those contemporary must-reads. Reasons to be Happy is the sort of book that is sure to make you cry and yet slowly rebuild you. It’s hopeful, powerful, and inspiring.”
Letters Inside Out
(12/1/11)

“Even though the main character is a young teen, I feel readers of all ages will benefit from reading this novel. This is Kittle’s first YA book but I hope it is not her last. There needs to be more contemporary YA books like this. They will make lasting impact on their readers. HIGHLY recommended.”
Books, Movies & Chinese Food
(10/17/11)

“I appreciated reading this book for its insightful topic and its honest portrayal of a teen in crisis. It was well-written and had me anxiously turning the pages as my heart ached for Hannah, but also shared in her triumph of winning a hard battle and finding herself again. Rated C for Clean.”
Library of Clean Reads
(10/12/11)

“Reading Reasons To Be Happy is a reason to be happy in itself. Powerful, emotional, with characters that will touch us and endear them to us in a lot of ways, Reasons To Be Happy is worth a read.”
Amaterasu Reads
(10/8/11)

“My most favorite thing about the book isn’t even Hannah’s reasons – though they are superb – or her family – who I couldn’t help but love – it’s that her struggle is just that, a struggle. One doesn’t just get rid of an eating disorder, just as one doesn’t simply kick a bad habit or get over an addiction. You have to fight for it. And Katrina Kittle made me feel like I fought for it with Hannah. We fought, we cried, we hurt, but we’re still here. And that’s what matters most. …Should be in every middle school library.”
Wicked Awesome Books (9/20/11)

“Katrina Kittle’s Reasons to Be Happy is a book that explores the overarching theme of beauty. Juxtaposing Hannah’s North American life with the time she spends in Ghana, Kittle allows Hannah to realize that inner beauty and learning to accept oneself are much more important than outer beauty; and in the process, enables Hannah to see the little joys in life once again.”
Musings of a YA Reader
(10/16/11)

“…this book grabbed me from page one and I couldn’t stop reading even the hard, uncomfortable parts and Hannah’s story stayed with me days after. Reasons to Be Happy is wonderfully written and extremely readable.”
Michelle & Leslie’s Book Picks
(10/17/11)

“Pick it up! We need more books like this to reinforce a healthier self-image for our young girls and women.”
Drey’s Library (9/27/11)

“Reasons to Be Happy is a fun novel packed with so much depth it was pouring out of the pages!”
Robolobolyn’s Universe of Books (10/11)

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