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Confessions of a Failed Anorexic [Kindle Edition]

Michelle Cantrell
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Sarah Thompson went on her first diet when she was seven years old, and has been on a dieting roller coaster ever since. Longing for what she doesn’t have, the unfulfilled stay-at-home mom goes on a journey of self discovery tainted by the pursuit of a perfect body. An unlikely friendship with fun-loving and thin-obsessed Stacy Vargus leads Sarah down a path she believes will bring her closer to a world she has spent a lifetime chasing, only to realize it doesn’t exist. An unexpected reunion with an old friend unleashes a passion for life Sarah had long forgotten, giving her a new lens through which to view her world.

This debut novel by Michelle Cantrell offers an entertaining twist on keeping up with the Joneses while revealing the dangers of losing oneself to the superficial status symbols of suburban life.

Product Details

  • File Size: 348 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cantrell Media Company; 1 edition (November 4, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0063LNGWE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,414 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wrenching November 6, 2011
By LAWolfe
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is not another step-by-step self-help book for those suffering with an eating disorder and the characters are not ANRED poster women dying to be thin (literally.) It is a thoughtfully written novel that allows us a sometimes uncomfortable peek inside the distorted thought process of the "average" woman you would not suspect of having an eating disorder. This book could be about your sister, best friend, the person you admire most -- but if you have ever had a battle with food vs weight vs happiness, it is likely hit closest to home about your own private thoughts.

Any woman who has ever struggled with the belief that if they only had more will power they could master their weight issues, and life will be perfect when the scale numbers dictate so, will find something to identify with in this short novel. It was painful to see inside Sarah's head as she obsesses over every bite of food to the point she misses out on the wonderful things already in front of her.

I would have loved a longer story, explaining in more detail Sarah's recovery process (which began with her heeding advice of an old high school friend she runs into at her 20th reunion) and continues after a tragic loss. Sarah's life is pretty rosy on the surface; she has a great husband, child, and fairly stable suburban life; her issues seem to stem more from horrible experiences as a child, teen and young adult. Some women facing inner demons must also battle ongoing challenges such as domestic abuse, financial insecurity, and other issues absent from this book. But maybe that is the point Cantrell is trying to make -- even people who seem to have it all don't really have it all.
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36 of 44 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Horrible April 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Update: I am updating my review to three stars. I do not think that the book is wonderful or amazing, but the time that the author took to actually discuss and address my concerns, coupled with her desire to correct some of the issues within her work, is impressive. I think that, with a bit of tweaking and correcting that this book has the potential to be readable and engaging. Hopefully these issues can be corrected and I'd be happy to update my review even further, in that case.

This book was honestly the worst book I have ever read. I wonder what it takes to publish a Kindle book on Amazon, but my guess is just a desire to do so. Its only saving grace is that I didn't have to pay for it, but was able to read it for free through Prime.

This is a fictitious account, but the introduction leads us to believe that the author is using personal experience to help write this book.

Let's discuss the technical aspects first. This book is RIDDLED with grammatical, punctuation and spelling errors. It's as though no one proofread it prior to its publication. It had me cringing at points because of the glaring errors contained on nearly every page. Further, besides the grammatical and spelling issues, it contained inconsistencies and ridiculous statements. For example, at location 774, the doctor tells her that she is 149 (discussing her weight) and she notes that she nearly states, "no, I'm 32", but then realizes that the doctor is talking about her weight and not her age. Later in the book, she talks about being 37 and also goes to her 20 year high school reunion indicating. How did no one notice this? Also, on one of her first runs ever, she states that she logged it into Sparkpeople as running a 10 mile per hour pace. Are you kidding me? 10 miles per hour?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very real July 19, 2012
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I had to review, based on what I saw in some of the negative reviews. I think the people who gave this book the negative reviews didn't get it. No, the main character isn't some former gymnast trying to get by on eating nothing but a few slices of an apple and water. And she's not forcing herself to throw up after every meal...

But there's more to "eating disorders" than those extremes. And I think it's dangerous that people don't realize that -- and I think it's horrifying that people denigrate someone trying to point that out. Having such an obsession with food isn't healthy -- and yes, many if not most American women have an "unusual" relationship with food and with their body image. That doesn't make it OK. And that doesn't mean that they're healthy. They need help too -- I'm not saying those with severe disorders don't need help and support, obviously they do -- but those on the edge of these unhealthy thought patterns need it as well, and they're more likely to get swept aside and ignored.

I love this book, and I think it's tapping into very interesting and underrepresented territory. GREAT job on what I believe is the author's first novel. It made me feel like I was less alone, helped me see some of my less-than-desirable habits and beliefs and tendencies, and try to correct them. Thank you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not quite sure what to make of this February 2, 2012
By pjf
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I read this in a couple of days, and the writing style was conversational and fluid enough to keep me reading. Apart from some jarring chapter segways - in one case the reader goes from her vacation in Las Vegas to preparing for her class reunion with no warning - it flowed pretty smoothly.

The relationships were a bit off - the reader gets the impression that main character has little to no relationship with her husband and child. Her relationship with her friend seems all important, but at times you get the impression she doesn't even like (or enjoy) the company of her friend all that much. Or maybe it is just that she is so jealous/judgemental of everyone around her.

The title of the book is a bit confusing. I am not sure I'd call this person a failed anorexic. Bulemic yes, at times. As for the friend, I suppose we are meant to assume that she was anorexic, but the main character makes it clear that she was not, and reiterates her friend's daily caloric intake, etc. So was she or wasn't she? Were they both bulemic and that word just doesn't make as good a title? I was never really sure what happened with the friend, given even after the events the main character is denying what seems obvious. There was no definite answer there.

I am not sure what to take out of reading this book. I am sure every woman has said at one time that she wished she were anorexic, given we all wish from time to time that we had that control over eating. But it seemed to me the character had much bigger problems than weight. In fact, given she was never more than 2o pounds or so overweight, even that was a bit exaggerated. It seemed like her self esteem was more of a serious issue. I found the main character's judgemental attitude hard to take, and very unpleasant at times.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book, disappointing ending.
I liked the entire book, it definitely hit home a few times since I'm also a stay at home mom struggling with weight issues, but the ending was sub-par.
Published 17 days ago by Ryan D. Lavender
5.0 out of 5 stars It's worth reading.
I really liked the story. I just wished it was a little longer. But it's has a good ending. It's not really about anorexia.
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring. Sorry Michelle
I kept waiting for an actual analysis or admission of an eating disorder by the author, but it never came. There's very little eating disorder talk AT ALL. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jessica Calderwood
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny yet sadly true look a the life of many ...
Funny yet sadly true look a the life of many of us women! After reading this it made me look differently at my own self talk and the way I judge myself and others. Read more
Published 3 months ago by colleen allan
5.0 out of 5 stars totally relateable..
Other than being single with no kids, this book could be me. In fact, it is me. The counting calories, the guilt, the food obsession, body shaming..I could go on and on. Read more
Published 4 months ago by ffpm47
4.0 out of 5 stars I could relate...
this was a great book I could relate to for sure. anyone who is too hard on themselves will get it.
the editing needs a lot to work, many wrong or missing words and wrong... Read more
Published 9 months ago by JL
5.0 out of 5 stars So different
I had so many aspirations for this book and it exceeded all of them. Just read and appreciate your life.
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Confession of a Failed Anorexic
There wasn't much of a plot to the story, and it was hard to know what was going on, half the time I read it.
Published 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheeky
Very cute, funny, fun read for those of us who are plagued by the skinny demons and need some humor
Published 10 months ago by Erika Aranda
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but ameauturish
The book itself was a lot of fun to read, and while I am not a mother myself, it was nice to see a book about this type of topic directed at older women/women with children. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Serena C.
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