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You Never Called Me Princess (The Kaitlyn Chronicles Book 1) by [Babich, Elaine]
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Kaitlyn Simons has had enough of her father calling her “Chubs.” She hates the name, and she's beginning to hate him. To stop the name calling, she decides to go on a crash diet. A very strict and unhealthy diet. A diet that works all too well.

After all, it’s easy to lose weight when you don’t eat, right?

Kaitlyn quickly discovers that the rewards of being thin are fantastic. Boys in school take notice. Her popularity soars. Meanwhile, Kaitlyn restricts her diet even more. Unfortunately, Kaitlyn’s unhealthy weight loss falls under the radar since her family has other problems. Big problems, life-changing problems.

But when Kaitlyn's weight loss reaches a critical phase, as her family rallies around her, Kaitlyn will discover that there's more to life than being popular and thin. But will this revelation come too late?

**Acclaim for the Novels of Elaine Babich**

"Heartbreaking and touching. A powerful story of a teenager's struggle with anorexia, told in a straight forward and powerful way, without talking down to the reader and without being overly sentimental. YOU NEVER CALLED ME PRINCESS is an honest look at what could happen when a young girl decides to lose weight at all costs. Should be mandatory reading for any parent who suspects their child might have an eating disorder. I believe the novel will show the reader that there are answers to their problems, and that they are not alone. Highly recommended. An important novel."
—J.R. Rain, author of MOON DANCE and THE BODY DEPARTED

"An intriguing debut, and an excellent read. Gripping and touching, a story written from the heart. Elaine Babich has fashioned a story that many young girls could relate to. In the end we are left with a poignant glimpse into the beauty of family and the love of life and the wonder that connects us all."
—Summer Lee, author of ANGEL HEART and KINDRED SPIRITS

"Elaine Babich has created such a vivid tale of teenage angst and redemption—one that will stay with me for a long time."
—Aiden James, author of CADES COVE and PLAGUE OF COINS

"In RELATIVELY NORMAL, author Elaine Babich weaves a compelling book of angst and illness in the believable, first-person voice of Kaitlyn Simmons, a fifteen-year-old girl from a dysfunctional family. Kaitlyn, who is only semi-recovered from a serious eating disorder, is diagnosed with serious epilepsy and other health issues. The heroine comes to terms with her disease as she adjusts to her medications, backslides into her eating disorder again, explores relationships with boyfriends (age-appropriate), and handles problems with a girl bully. Her coming-of-age story of self-discovery, acceptance of her imperfect body, and a surprise twist at the end will leave readers with a smile and hope for every teenage girl to overcome debilitating ED illness and difficult family issues. I loved this book and want to recommend it to teenage girls, especially. The heroine is likable, and one to whom YA readers will relate. High moral values, with exploration into body image and excellent life lessons, with no preachiness. Five stars!"

"This is a great story of the trials and tribulations of a young girl struggling through more than just your average teenage troubles. An inspiring tale, Babich has delivered a masterpiece! Two thumbs up!"
—Jen Ashton, author of WHOLE IN MY HEART

About the Author

Elaine Babich is also the author of Relatively Normal, Falling Again and Jumping Down. Elaine currently lives in Southern California with her husband and three children. For more about Elaine and her books, please find her at

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  • Print Length: 212 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0045OUDXG
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9f096198) out of 5 stars 50 reviews
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fa5500c) out of 5 stars Written Differently Then Expected March 31 2011
By gotbook - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This novel is perhaps the most eye-opening of all YA books I've read concerning eating disorders. I did not know this was about a teen girl suffering from anorexia/bulimia disorder until after purchasing it. It was a good thing that I am a fan of serious literature that deals with such topics. Other people may have been frustrated thinking it was just a perfect coming-of-age story about a young girl with a Christian element to it. Though not the best written book, I did thoroughly enjoy it as a person around the main character's age who could relate to the body issues every teenager has at one point. I'm a fourteen yr old girl and it positively shocked me that this girl thought she was fat weighing almost 140 pounds, when she exercised and was really just unhealthy from emotional binging. And that her father encouraged her to feel this way! I'm sorry, but that's just not a healthy f/d relationship. I think every teen should read this book so they can help their friends who might have certain tendencies. I know with my friends, we never use the words 'fat' or 'skinny' about each other. We just say beautiful.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fa55060) out of 5 stars A typical dysfunctional family clings together with a bond of love March 8 2007
By Verna Lee Hargrove - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
You see parents struggling to have a normal family. At the same time, all 3 of their daughters show evidence of a dysfunctional family. One daughter is maried to a wife-beating drug user, another one moves away from home into an unsafe environment and is raped, while the girl portrayed in this story finds herself unattractive because of comments about her weight (which in reality is normal and the boys find her excessively attractive). The emotional pain takes her down the road to being anorexic. Will she find help before she dies? A must read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fa5533c) out of 5 stars Just WOW!!! March 21 2014
By Pixie - Published on
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You Never Called Me Princess By Elaine Babich, I JUST finished this book and Immediately needed to come online and write a review through my tears. This is a YA book that I believe EVERY parent and teenager should read. Its told through 13 yr old Kaitlyn's eyes. We watch Kaitlyn's life through a series of life changes, her best friend moving, a sister being attacked another sister in an abusive relationship and Parents who are just like you and me, even though we don't want to think so, we watch Kaitlyn go on a downward spiral that could kill her. I cannot even begin to tell you how well this book is written.Wonderfully told as a 13 yr old would tell a story. Sometimes I wanted to just ooohhhhh shake her and tell her to STOP IT! And other times I wanted to take her in my arms and tell her everything would be alright. As a parent this was hard to read , as a parent of child who suffered with an eating disorder this was a MUST read. Kaitlyn's story is so many teenager's story, and how many times we just don't see it happening. Elaine Babich writes a brutally honest look at what goes through the Child's mind, and how family and friends react. I give this book 5 GOLDEN STARS I wish I could give more.. SO WELL WRITTEN...Just WOW!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fa55234) out of 5 stars Great Read Feb. 22 2011
By AmazonFan - Published on
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I loved that this was a read that kept me interested the whole time. I finished the entire book in a matter of hours. I like it was written like you were reading a 13 year olds diary, but the problems/ story was truly heartfelt and real. I highly recommend it.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fa55420) out of 5 stars soft and beautiflul Nov. 4 2010
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
beautiful ansd soft book of the family learning yo love eac other and know that the fatheeer daughtrerv is his princess and the love is so beautiful touchin and loving i will read this book alot