Taking Up Space Tour – Review & Giveaway

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About the Book

Publisher : Scholastic Inc. (May 18, 2021)
Language : English
Hardcover : 272 pages
ISBN-10 : 1338186000
ISBN-13 : 978-1338186000

Sarah loves basketball more than anything. Crushing it on the court makes her feel like she matters. And it’s the only thing that helps her ignore how much it hurts when her mom forgets to feed her.

But lately Sarah can’t even play basketball right. She’s slower now and missing shots she should be able to make. Her body doesn’t feel like it’s her own anymore. She’s worried that changing herself back to how she used to be is the only way she can take control over what’s happening.

When Sarah’s crush asks her to be partners in a cooking competition, she feels pulled in a million directions. She’ll have to dig deep to stand up for what she needs at home, be honest with her best friends, and accept that she doesn’t need to change to feel good about herself.

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Praise for Taking Up Space

“This affirming novel offers a normalizing message about discussing body image and mental health.” —Publishers Weekly

“[Gerber] supplies a positive representation of constructive approaches to an often misunderstood condition…Pragmatic and valuable.” —Kirkus Reviews

A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
Scholastic Summer 2021 Dewey Diva Picks — Shortlist


I honestly wish there had been more books like this when I was growing up. It’s honest and real without being too forceful while still covering difficult yet prevalent topics. Which is an incredibly difficult combination of things to juggle. And through all of these difficult topics (i.e. eating disorders, mental health, relationships, etc.) there is a serious undertone that prevents the story from being taken lightly or glamorizing the topics (like I have sadly seen many a book do).

This book is going to take you on an emotional ride, but it has such a powerful and well written story that it’s the good kind of emotional ride. It’s also just a really important story that needs to be told from an honest and realistic standpoint like this one. And it also breeches the topic of dealing with someone who should be your biggest supporter becoming your biggest enemy. And I think food issues is something that nearly every young girl deals with and I really appreciate the importance of learning what your body needs that this story holds.

Overall this is one of those middle grade stories that will stand out to young adults and adults alike. It has a story inside that will resonate with many people and really brings to light things that we often pretend don’t exist. And I love a book that will help to start a conversation on a difficult topic.

About the Author

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Alyson Gerber is the author of the critically-acclaimed, own-voices novels Braced and Focused published by Scholastic. Her third novel Taking Up Space will be in stores on May 18, 2021. She has an MFA from The New School in Writing for Children and lives in New York City with her family. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @AlysonGerber.

Braced, Focused, and Taking Up Space are all Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selections. Braced received three starred reviews and has been nominated for state book awards in Oklahoma, Indiana, New Hampshire, Virginia, South Dakota, and Georgia. Focused was picked as a best book of year by The Today Show, Kirkus Reviews, and A Mighty Girl and has been nominated for state book awards in Rhode Island, Oklahoma, and Michigan. Alyson’s latest novel, Taking Up Space, based on her experience with disordered eating, will be published on May 18, 2021. Taking Up Space will help readers recognize how much they matter and see that if something negative is taking up space in their minds, even if there isn’t a name for it, they should ask for help.

Tour Schedule

MAY 18th TUESDAY Movies, Shows, & Books GUEST POST
MAY 19th WEDNESDAY Living in a Bookworld EXCERPT
MAY 20th THURSDAY My Fictional Oasis REVIEW
MAY 21st FRIDAY Kait Plus Books EXCERPT

MAY 24th MONDAY A Bella Fairy Tale REVIEW
MAY 26th WEDNESDAY Twirling Book Princess EXCERPT
MAY 27th THURSDAY Insane About Books REVIEW
MAY 28th FRIDAY Book Queen Reviews REVIEW & EXCERPT


3 Winners will receive a Copy of TAKING UP SPACE by Alyson Gerber
Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter

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