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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 249 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (October 18, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595859267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595859269
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,660,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Leslie Lipton, a native New Yorker, attends Barnard College and volunteers at the ASPCA. She plans to be a clinical psychologist. Unwell is her first novel.

Customer Reviews

This author captured the anorexic mind very well.
Bonnie Megahan
Which, like I said, made it feel like someone wrote from a textbook. in character only had little substance to her.
S. Smith
This book takes the reader inside the mind of a young woman with an eating disorder.
Margaret McAlister

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By S. Smith on January 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
I know the author fought - and recovered from an ED. She dealt with it at the main character's age, so I imagine its somewhat based on herself.
So I try not to be harsh on it.
But - this was the first book - ED book, ED fiction - that I haven't liked.
It seemed detached, I couldn't get INTO the character. Frankly, I kept feeling as though the author had only done copious research on what an eating disorder and its symptoms were like. When I found that the author had indeed been through one, I kep thinking - what happened?? You had the opportunity to turn this story into something powerful, to use your emotions and yourself and make this MEAN something.
To me, it didn't, not really.
No, I lie. Some parts were very powerful. Particularly towards the end.
But for the most part, I felt like I wasn't part of the character, like we had nothing in common - and, insofar as experience and thought/behavior - we really truly do. Which made it bizarre. I was unable to relate to someone as had experience much the same as I had? She had no depth. She never really delved into who she was and why she got this. She more observed the other girls and wrote about them. Which, like I said, made it feel like someone wrote from a textbook.
in character only had little substance to her.
The beginning - fell short. I don't know anyone with an eating disorder whose started so subtly, contradictorily (like how she cringes about the anorexics and thinks they're disgusting, but the very next day wants to be one??), and simply. They are deep disorders.
Or, I could be wrong.
Only my opinion.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Margaret McAlister on November 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book takes the reader inside the mind of a young woman with an eating disorder. The author does an excellent job of depicting the world from this vantage point,showing how distorted and disturbing day to day life can be. At the onset of the story the main character is just beginning her slide into anorexia. Seeing this from the inside out is both enlightening and sobering. The story is set in Manhattan. While the author captures the intensity and pace of life in New York, it is easy to imagine this story happening anywhere as this is a pervasive problem in our culture. As a parent of a teen, I would strongly recommend this book to other parents of preteens or teens as a unique opportunithy to recognize a problem before it takes hold. I enjoyed the author's writing style and thought the story moved at a good pace.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. Beardsley on December 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I recently saw the author on "Geraldo at Large" and was capitvated by her honesty and courage. She discussed her own battle with anorexia and her reasons for writing the book. As Ms. Lipton said, she wanted to give a voice to the inner thoughts torturing an anorexic as he/she lives with this disorder. Additionally, Ms. Lipton stated she wanted to let people know that an eating disorder can be overcome. I, then, bought the book, was mesmerized reading it and haven't stopped thinking about it. As a high school teacher I have seen students battling eating disorders and can only wish I had had this book so as to have a better understanding of what they were feeling and possibly been able to help in some way. At least now I have the knowledge and believe I can offer some comfort and direction. I urge all parents to get yourselves a copy of this book. It may make all the difference.
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By Elaine de Souza Ramos on September 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
A book that is very good for both people who have family in person with both eating disorders and for those who never had because no one is free from it, not wanting it to anyone but yes can happen in your family. A book that is very good to keep in mind what to do, how to handle a person in this state, as the way to address her, causing her to have confidence in his family to be helped because messes with the very psychological person.
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By Bonnie Megahan on April 1, 2013
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This is a novel but I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to know how an anorexic thinks and feels. This author captured the anorexic mind very well.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Severson on January 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This author, undoubtedly, has a horrific true story of her battle with BN. The writing felt disjointed and undeveloped. The author added stories that she did not give the reader closure on (i.e. Did she have the colostomy bag forever? What was that like for her? And the story about her CASA child was thrown in strangely.)
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