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Wasted Paperback – January 31, 2006
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"I fell for the great American dream, female version, hook, line, and sinker," Marya Hornbacher writes. "I, as many young women do, honest-to-God believed that once I Just Lost a Few Pounds, suddenly I would be a New You, I would have Ken-doll men chasing my thin legs down with bouquets of flowers on the street, I would become rich and famous and glamorous and lose my freckles and become blond and five foot ten." Hornbacher describes in shocking detail her lifelong quest to starve herself to death, to force her short, athletic body to fade away. She remembers telling a friend, at age 4, that she was on a diet. Her bizarre tale includes not only the usual puking and starving, but also being confined to mental hospitals and growing fur (a phenomenon called lanugo, which nature imposes to keep a body from freezing to death during periods of famine). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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YA-Eating disorders are frequently written about but rarely with such immediacy and candor. Hornbacher was only 23 years old when she wrote this book so there is no sense of her having distanced herself from the disease or its lingering effects on her. This, combined with her talent for writing, gives readers a real sense of the horror of anorexia and bulimia and their power to dominate an individual's life. The author was bulimic as a fourth grader and anorexic at age 15. She was hospitalized several times and institutionalized once. By 1993 she was attending college and working as a journalist. Her weight had dropped to 52 pounds and doctors in the emergency room gave her only a week to live. She left the hospital, decided she wanted to live, then walked back and signed herself in for treatment. This is not a quick or an easy read. Hornbacher talks about possible causes for the illnesses and describes feeling isolated, being in complete denial, and not wanting to change or fearing change, until she nearly died. Young people will connect with this compelling and authentic story.
Patricia Noonan, Prince William Public Library, VA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Wasted, is an excellently written, harrowingly real and terrifying account of one woman's reality with anorexia nervous. And yet she lived to tell us her tale. She has the ability to drag you right into her hell and it can be shocking and scary at times. So brace yourself, for shocking to a former anorectic, who has engaged in many deviant and self destructive behaviours, will surely be shockingly horrific for the non exposed?
Marya is an extremely awe inspiring young lady. This is a must read, but I must warn, it maybe be triggering for the teenage anorectic (or any eating disordered person who is not at least in recovery). I am ashamed to say, that at times, I attempted to use this book as a trigger for my own eating disorder, while sick, the anorectic can become extremely competitive and their only desire is to be the "best/worst anorexic".
I especially recommend this read for parents, friends, boyfriends, girlfriends, ie family of the suffering, if you want a glimpse into the daily horror that they suffer.