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Thin Paperback – January 1, 2007
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To be honest, I cannot say enough good things about this book to accurately explain how enraptured I am about it. I think it is written in an extraordinary poignant way to the point of being one of the most important memoir's in the field of eating disorder literature. Ms. Bowman has captured what it is like to be consumed by an eating disorder and at the same time try to navigate in the world and attempt to interact with your loved ones, doctors, acquantances, and society as a whole all while trying your hardest to hide your inside thoughts, feelings and reasons for your disturbing behavior.
I would never have imagined someone writing such a gripping and accurate portrayal of having a severe eating disorder and what it is like inside the mind of the sufferer and outside trying to live in a world that refuses not to be judgemental. Ms. Bowman captures somewhat it is I am trying to say on page 240 of her book, "That is the odd thing about anorexia: it is seen to vanish when the body is mended. It moves from body-side to inside, and perhaps it is more dangerous when it cannot be seen."
Ms. Bowman is a remarkable and talented young woman.Read more ›
I think this account is a somewhat dangerous view of anorexia. She does not go into what her treatment plan really was; what her therapy sessions really entailed; or what really made her to get well. She says she "got bored" with it and just decided to stop.
Eating disorders are an illness. It baffles me when I hear of young, naive, girls saying they wish they could be anorexic, or bulimic, or whatever...it doesn't work that way. One does not really make a conscious choice to fall deep into the throws of anorexia. It is a painful, disturbing place to be.
Likewise, I find it very difficult that one can just say "I'm bored of anorexia. I think I'll stop now."
I am very sure there is much more to Ms. Bowma's story than that. There has to be. But this book fails to go into the real emotions and feelings that haunt a person with an eating disorder. If you want a read that truly goes into the nitty-gritty of these disorders I would recommend "Wasted" by Marya Hornbacher.
As a recovering anorexic, I wish I could have just said "I don't feel like doing this anymore." and POOF! It was over. Unfortunately for me, and most anorexics, that doesn't happen. Maybe most of us are not as emotionally strong as this woman, but going through recovery with little or no professional help, I believ, is very dangerous. I think it is an irresponsible story to tell...to imply to people with eating disorders, "hey, just stop doing it. It's that simple." is a very dangerous implication.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was in perfect condition, I'm just not a fan of the book, it just wasn't for me, but I would definitely purchase another book anytime!Published 26 days ago by brittany
I wasn't sure what to expect when I bought this, given that it takes place in the UK, I did expect some differences. I was not impressed with the book however. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Shiloh Wall
This was a generally interesting and readable book but the overly childlike writing and third person style got annoying. Read morePublished 18 months ago by S.K.
There were parts of this book that I could not put down, and parts I barely skimmed through. Bowman does a wonderful job brining the reader inside the mind of an anorectic when she... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jessi
I got the book in the mail on time. It had a little wear but I did order it used. It's not my favorite book on an eating disorder sufferer, but it is a decent book. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Liv Malone
When dealing with such a topic, writers seem to often tend towards self-pitying, indulgent writing where they try to place blame on everything around them, parents, environment,... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Cloco
It is an excellent story that unveils, accurately and unapologetically, the world of an anorexic. The book is exceptionally well written and reads almost like fiction- only, it's... Read morePublished 23 months ago by The fat cat