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Insatiable: A Young Mother's Struggle with Anorexia Kindle Edition
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I've struggled personally with an eating disorder and rather than triggering my old bad habits, this book allowed me to feel human and less alone in this world. In fact, I thoroughly enjoyed making a bowl of popcorn and reading this in front of the fire place. The books that mask the insight and honesty of the protagonist, in my opinion, are much more likely to trigger the urge to fall back into an eating disorder. Along with many other issues, It's that feeling of a disconnection from everything else and repressed emotions that often trigger eating disorders in the first place.This is just my opinion, but I loved the book.
This is a great memoir and I highly recommend it.
Insatiable is honest, well-written, and an interesting read. I feel guilty that I read the account of someone's suffering with such enthusiasm, but I have to say, this book really held my attention and I read it within a day.
However, the book has some serious drawbacks: (1) I expected fresh and crisp writing from someone working on her MFA, but the book is riddled with cliches (e.g., sucked face, popped my cherry, down the hatch, etc.); (2) it's quite long, in a protracted and drawn-out fashion; (3) her lengthiest descriptions are not about her feelings, what motivated her to develop an eating disorder or what encouraged her to recover, but rather they're about her binges, including flowery recitations of the food she ate; and (4) I find her to be a generally unsympathetic character whose true essence as a person I can't identify with and don't really care about. Instead, the figures that I feel real pity for are the innocent bystanders, her two daughters, who she neglects in her misguided pursuit of perfection.
Overall, there is some measure of good in this book. It serves as a cautionary tale about the personal and relational dangers of eating disorders, which has weight for all people but particularly young mothers and/or those with histories of eating disorders. Rivera paints a stark picture of how bleak, self-involved and uninteresting is a life obsessed with food.