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"...allows a glimpse into the mindset of an anorexic" Glamour "A brave, brilliant and beautifully written memoir" -- Vicki Edgson "Compellling" Easy Living "There have been many books on the subject of anorexia but this is the first that I have read that both moved me to tears AND gave me the tools to help anyone around me who might suffer from this consuming demon. This book will give hope and help to both sufferers of anorexia and, just as importantly, those who are close to them. A brilliant read and a great, great help." -- Susie Forbes (Editor) Easy Living

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Emily Halban graduated from Oxford University in 2004.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Random House UK (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091917492
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091917494
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,488,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I have read over 20 Eating Disorder memoirs. This one really portrayed how people can have anorexia alongside moderate forms of OCD. The author writes in detail...her life over 9 years...she was heavily consumed by anorexia and the need to be perfect. However this book is different in how close she is to her family, how incredibly supportive they are..how driven she was by perfection and to please others down to the fine detail. It is also different in that she never once mislead people, told lies, or played games in her illness. She 100% was the perfect patient, and tried ever so hard to get better and comply with all treatment and help. I was amazed.

Also, in the back of the book it has 3-4 letters from family, explaining how they coped from their perspective as a mother, father, sister, brother and boyfriend.

I think this book could be extremely helpful for families and professionals in understanding the complexity and multi-facets of the illness, especially medically and physically.

I don't feel it's that helpful for sufferers unless you also suffer from OCD and an amazing ability to ALWAYS want to overcome the disorder instead of holding onto it.

She was amazingly compliant and good! I found the story interesting, but not so gripping or insightful.
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I devour any books about eating disorders, especially one about anorexia. This showed me things I have in common with this anorexic. None of the other 10ish books I read made me really feel that. Not a great ending.
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Very interesting. Not something I wanted to read but helped me understand it more. I especially like the family review at the end.
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I have read a lot of books on Eating Disorders from fiction to nonfiction. 'Perfect' is a book I would definitely suggest reading! I loved it because it was so different from most eating disorder books. I thoroughly enjoyed the way the book was actually written because a lot of books I've seen lately have been written using the worst language, spelling typos, etc. This book however, was well written which made the flow of the story so much easier. It also had a more mature (or maybe a more intellectual approach) outlook/analysis on the whole eating disorder nightmare which was more entertaining for myself and probably anyone else above the age of 17. Anyone either dealing with this disease them self or know someone who is, should absolutely take some time and read through this novel, you'll learn/understand more of this disease after you finish the novel!
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