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A Very Hungry Girl: How I Filled Up on Life...and How You Can, Too! Paperback – September 1, 2003
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Twenty-eight can be a bit young to write a successful memoir, and, in this case, the author, a performer and motivational speaker, would have done well to get more life experience before attempting it. Although her parents were very supportive of her, she was picked on by classmates who disrupted her elementary school years and eroded her self-esteem. By the time she was 12, Weiner had become dissatisfied with her body and quickly developed an eating disorder that led to a seesaw of starving, bingeing and getting sick. She attended a performing arts high school where she enjoyed acting, but spent her free time with girlfriends who binged together in order to maintain the ideal body Weiner felt society demanded of females. She describes her relationships with boyfriends in college, including one that turned briefly abusive. Therapy helped with the eating disorder, and Weiner began performing theatrical pieces that dealt with body image and violence toward women. In 1995, Weiner created the ACT Out national theater company, performing these pieces for several years at colleges across the country, and she details the feedback sessions held with troubled students after the show. Weiner's personal story comes from the heart and may help others with eating and self-esteem problems. Her writing, however, is often unfocused, and the many testimonials from students included throughout the narrative smack of self-promotion.
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About the Author
Jessica Weiner is a motivational speaker, author, talk show host and human being who has dedicated her life to creating work that lifts and upholds the human spirit. She is president of Parallax Entertainment, a multimedia company that produces theatre, television and films based on a wide range of topical issues such as eating disorders, body image, relationships, addiction, school violence, hate crimes and personal empowerment. While her topics are widely varied, her message is the same: we have the power to change our lives - every second of the day! Jessica is the author of ten plays and numerous magazine articles. Jessica has reached more than 1,000,000 people with her creative message of hope, strength, and action. www.jessweiner.com
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You don't have to be interested in eating disorders or body issues or feminism or any other "issue" to benefit from this book. If you ever desperately wanted to fit in as a kid and knew you didn't, you will resonate with this. If you ever wondered or still wonder, how you can make a difference in the world, you will resonate with this. Because it's really about touching hearts and lives one person at a time. We don't know sometimes till years later, what impact we have had on people. That's the message Ms. Weiner weaves together. It's more than autobiographical. It's inspirational. I give this 5 stars and I didn't expect to be so interested in it.
I first started teaching high school in 1964. This book is an excellent lense through which to see the life of a young person struggling to become hereself. While Jessica's story is, of course, uniquely her own, there is enough here for anyone who wants to help young people negotiate the trails and passages of adolesence and young adulthood.
The second part of the book is perhaps the strongest and most poignant. The author shares how she created a theatre company after graduating from college and traveled the country presenting plays on a variety of important social issues. We witness both the highs and lows of the author's experiences meeting thousands of students from all walks of life. She has, at a relatively young age, influenced the lives of thousands of young people across the country.
The third and final part of the book is the "self-help" section, in which the author presents some take-away tools and strategies for readers. This part, like the entire book, is accessible to a wide audience of all ages, and helps end the book centered on empowerment--which is appropriate given the work that Jessica Weiner does.
This book is a must read for young women of all ages. College students will find something important in here; student activists will certainly find comfort and inspiration. High school students should also find the book to be accessible and informative. Even parents will find this to be an interesting read. Readers are referred to the author's website and will find that she is doing some really important and amazing work.
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