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Lesbian Crushes and Bulimia: A Diary on How I Acquired my Eating Disorder Paperback – July 23, 2014
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About the Author
Probably the most prolific diary writer in the history of the world, I have been obsessively recording my crushes on females since the age of fourteen. I currently clock up half a million words per year, but never let on to the woman I'm dating that I jot down everything she says and does. I LOVED my all-girls public school. Apart from mercilessly hounding Miss Williams, with whom I fell in love at first sight at the age of twelve, I was a model pupil. In my early twenties I swapped my Latin homework for drug-taking and squatting. Having sported an 'I LOVE MISS WILLIAMS' tattoo on my left wrist for eleven years, I finally tired of the inane questions it encouraged and got a cover-up in 1999. I'm a list-writing geek and a drummer. I play table tennis and make my own beer. I am not a stalker anymore.
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So my five stars comes with a warning: please stay healthy and don't get hung up in how you should look to others. Stay strong, eat healthily. Accept yourself.
As stated in my blog review guidelines I normally don't read non-fiction, but Natasha Holme, through a Twitter glitch, tied to be my 1700th follower and I offered to review her book as a prize. Because, you know, I'm broke and don't really have anything else to offer.
I had a hard time deciding on how to rate this book. On one side, the voyeur in me enjoyed reading her diary. On the other side, the teenager is obsessive about her body image and extremely confused about her sexuality and I had a hard time empathizing with her. It's been a long time since I was a teenager, so I couldn't wrap my head around her behavior most of the time. In addition, while I have body image issues to this day, I've never wanted to indulge in any behavior associated with anorexia or bulimia. I just can't imagine starving myself and most definitely have never once thought of binging and purging.
It was a hard read and at the same time an easy read. Easy because it was broken into small segments. Hard because of the subject matter. Yet it was compelling. I had to keep reading to see if Natasha reached the weight she had set as her goal. And I wanted to see if she figured out anything regarding her sexuality. The ending didn't really give me any answers though. I'd like to know how she's doing today.
However, after reading the first half of Natasha Holme's book I ended up getting up at 5am to read the rest. I just had to know how things turned out, and I was very glad to find the author's website and discover she'd made it through those tough years. (For a while there I was wondering whether the diary had been published posthumously.)
I found the book very moving, and I really appreciated the personal insight into the author's life. It must have been tough to put something so personal out there.
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