Good Enough and You Are Enough by Jen Petro-Roy

Happy Wednesday! I am honored to welcome back Jen Petro-Roy to celebrate Good Enough and You Are Enough. I wrote the words in purple, and Jen wrote the words in black. Thank you, Jen! 

Good Enough tells the story of twelve-year old Riley, who has recently been admitted to a treatment program for an eating disorder. As she struggles to gain the motivation to recover, she deals with friends and family who don’t understand why getting better is so hard, a gymnastics star younger sister, and a fellow patient who is secretly breaking the rules. Most of all, though, she battles her own mind.

I hope Good Enough gives readers a glimpse into the mind of someone with an eating disorder. When I was struggling myself, it was so hard to explain why I was hurting myself. I want this book to help show others what that experience is like at the same time it lets readers currently suffering know that they are not alone. That hope is out there. 

You Are Enough is the work of a lifetime for me. My journey to full recovery took twelve long years and I hope that by talking about the lessons I’ve learned along the way, I can help others believe that it’s okay to be who they are. It’s a book for anyone with food and body issues, whether they identify as male, female, or nonbinary. Whether they’re LGBTQIA+, from a minority background, or deal with chronic illness. Eating disorders can affect anyone. But recovery is for everyone, too. 

Newbery Medalist Katherine Applegate is perhaps the kindest woman I’ve ever met. I am so honored to count her as a friend and colleague and her blurb of Good Enough means so much. The world is lucky to have her and her words. 

Mr. Schu, you should have asked me about the last great book I read. My girls are I are loving Stacy McAnulty’s picture book, Beautiful, which celebrates the beauty and strength in girls, however you choose to define “beautiful.”

Borrow Good Enough and You Are Enough from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops. 


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