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Kim: Empty Inside: The Diary of an Anonymous Teenager

3.29 of 5 stars 3.29  ·  rating details  ·  600 ratings  ·  44 reviews
I am so scared.
I feel like I'm silently screaming for help
and no one pays any attention of tries to hear me.
I can't control anything anymore.
It's all out to get me!

When Kim can't handle things, she eats. Then she purges. Sometimes she fasts. She knows she isn't as thin as the other girls on her gymnastics team, and she's worried that now, away from home for the first tim
ebook, 176 pages
Published May 18th 2010 by HarperCollins (first published April 1st 2002)
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If only my eating disorder would've turned out this neat! Then I could've gotten married at the ripe old age of 22! And found God! And kept my virginity! And always written with exclamation points!!!!!!!
Beatrice Sparks, I rue the day I wasted my time on you!!!!!
Ugh. This book is maybe a 1.5. I was really bothered by this one.

The only good thing about this book is that it does a pretty good job of portraying accurate symptoms of an eating disorder and showing how they can manifest. It also had some awareness things in the back like symptoms and repercussions of eating disorders, and places that can help, which is always nice. But everything else about this book I did not like.

The book is slow. The character is an exact clone of the protagonist from Trea
TERRIBLE. Poorly written, no excuse for this as it's clearly fiction. Completely unrealistic account of an ED. Protagonist is irritating.
Klaudyna Z.
I hated this book. It was written in such an immature way. I understand that it is supposed to be from the perspective of a teenager, but the teenager in this book is 18 and going away to college, and it sounds like it was written by a freshman in high school. It was so bad that I considered not reading it because it made me angry but it was a pretty fast read so I decided to finish it. I also did not like how it ended. The book spans over about a year of Kim's life while she is dealing with an ...more
Books like this just made me more depressed... the never helped me to figure out who I am, or how I can not be like this anonymous teenager!

I don't know if I'd go so far as to say that they ought not to be published, but it's pretty close to that. They make a lot of situations worse, and not better. That's how it was for me with most of these books, and the people that I saw read them too. Anonymous diaries don't help teens... they just show them how to be unstable better.
I absolutely loved this book. It is not something you read about every day, but yet something interesting and common in many people. My favorite character of the book was Jade. Jade is brave, and likes helping others. She like every person has flaws, but they’re few and she does her best to correct them. She has a lot in common with Kim, which is why they get along so well. My least favorite characters were Rod and Mark. These guys make Kim’s life more complicated and traumatizing. They are two ...more
A quick read of the title will instantaneously tell you the format in which this book is written, a diary entry format. The feature that I most enjoyed about the book was that, unlike other diary entry books, this one actually feels as though I am flicking through the pages of someone’s life through their eyes. Additionally, the book targets a contentious issue, that is, eating disorders. The author manages to discuss this issue in a way that would reach out to many suffering from eating disorde ...more
Eva Leger
Jul 28, 2009 Eva Leger rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I wouldn't
Recommended to Eva by: me
I didn't finish this- I got a little before the halfway mark this morning after picking it up. I was planning on finishing it after starting because it's better than the last Sparks book I tried to read, Finding Kate.
The thing is, there is only so much folloshness I can read. "I feel like a grunt, grunt, pig."? Um, yeah. "spoiled brat little squirty me"? wtf?
Get the hell out of here. I can't read that. I'm actually a little pissed off right now that this is indeed a book. This person is suppos
This was written in the manner a teenager truly would write their diary, which was very appealing to me. It brought back silly memories of doting over boys, and bonding with girlfriends.

I initially picked this book up because the main character, Kim, is a gymnast. I hoped to read all about her experiences with the sport, as a former gymnast, and coach myself. It turned out that being a gymnast was just one aspect of who she was and really had very little do to with the self-esteem problems that
Riley S.
Key Issues: Kim thinks that she eats too much. She wants to be skinnier, but Anorexia and Bulimia are tugging at her mind.

Kim: Main character, protagonist and antagonist. Kim has Anorexia and Bulimia. She doesn't want to eat anything, and when she does, she purges.

B.J Blake: Supporting character. Talks to Kim and drives her places while her father was in the hospital.

Tad: Supporting character. Kim's friend who she "fell in love with." Tad is also gay.

Becca: Kim's female friend from U
April Lyn
This is another diary written by an anonymous teenager, from the series edited by Beatrice Sparks. I've previously read Go Ask Alice and It Happened to Nancy, the themes of which were drug abuse and rape/AIDS, respectively. This book was about eating disorders, and it was definitely the least interesting of the three. It also made me kinda queasy at times, though it doesn't get too graphic. I probably would NOT recommend it.
Alessa Biblioteca
this book is kinda generic (for my tastes at least). There isn't as much depth to it as i hoped there would be. it's suppose to be the diary of a college freshman with an eating disorder...but it reads more like the diary of a twelve year old who wishes she were skinnier.

Rebecca McNutt
Dear Beatrice Sparks: if you are going to write a book under the pseudonym of "Kim, an anonymous teenager", at least try to sound like you really are a teenager, instead of sounding like the psychologist you really are.

Don't get me wrong, Go Ask Alice was excellent, it really got into the underworld of hard drugs and the hippie lifestyle from the eyes of a young girl. But in this book, "Kim" is the most generic and fake character I've ever read about in a long time. Not only that, but by the end
It's amazing - the voice of the teen in this anonymous diary is the exact same immature and ignorant voice of the teen in Treacherous Love, the last book Sparks "edited!" Kim, a fan of excessive exclamation points, just wants to be thin and have a boyfriend. Throughout the journal, we learn of Kim's college applications, crush on a boy who turns out to be gay, struggles with gymnastics, and move into her mother's old sorority's house in college (er, do you automatically get accepted if your alum ...more
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Miharu Rokujou
i like this book. only thing is, i kept thinking about how it was a real girl's diary, but rewritten. since i'd read other books by this author before, like "go ask alice", all i could think about was how it was written almost exactly the same as that one. it sounds like the author had no idea how female teenagers talk and gave the girls in all her books this style of voice that was almost exactly the same. after realizing this, i felt like i wanted to read the girl's actual diary rather than th ...more
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No bones about it, this book was so badly written it almost made me throw up!
It certainly was not very original. In fact, it seems like a lot of this was lifted directly from Cherry Boones' autobiography "Starving for Attention"---especially the dog food bowl incident.
This book is very good and it is a true story which makes it even better. One of my best friends died from being bulimic and her family was terified that theur other kids were going to turn out to do the same thing. Her brother died a few years later. That family is very close to eachother and will not stay away from them for very long. The other two kids are doing great. I am just very thankful that the other kids have not done anything stupid and the fact that they are still doing good and are ...more
Dinda Lestarini
It's interesting book in diary form. Kimberly, a teenager with eating disorder, always feels that she is not happy and lonely. She always thinks that she is fat and wants to be thinner. She also think that nobody care about her. But for other people, Kim seems to have a perfect life. She has great parent, two sisters and friends who love her.

In her life, she experiences some traumatic event. But, she always has someone who help her past it. At the end, she can deal with her eating disorder and h
Once again Beatrice Sparks proves she's forgotten how an adolescent thinks. At least the protagonist survives compared to another diarist Sparks created. 'Edited by' my foot!
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Naomi Bradford
Quick read but quite dry. Journal style.
I absolutely loved this book. It's the type of book you just want to keep on reading. The main character in this book has many sides to her self. She goes through a lot and does a lot. To help cope with things she throws up. She relied on throwing up. You learn so much about people with this disorder from this book. I learned how a person has to deal with it and what someone might go through. This book was sad yet full of happiness at the same time.
I liked it because it was different from Go Ask Alice, Lucy in the Sky, or Jay's journal.
The trouble with books by (or edited by) Beatrice Sparks is that I'm never sure how much is actual diary and how much is fiction. Either way, the basic story rings fairly true (especially when compared to, say, The Best Little Girl in the World!), if overly simplistic.

It's a quick read, and certainly not an unreasonable one, although I do get very tired of characters whose problems are solved by a loving boyfriend.
Tristen Sell
I really enjoyed Kim: Empty Inside. The author did a great job of touching on not just the reality of the issues some teens have, but the way that kids with these problems feel and the things they have to go through. I liked seeing how she grew overtime and became aware of the severity of her disorder despite the denial she had been in for so long.
Tiffany Headley
Only complaint is that it is in journal entry format instead of a story form. But, it also kinda reminded me of my myself during the bouts I've had with anorexia. It was kinda personal for me, and as a psychology major myself it was a must read for me because I love the sport of gymnastics and this book was edited by a psychologist.
I liked this book. Kim, a college freshman and a gymnast, has an eating disorder. I like the Beatrice Sparks books a lot, because I think they can really show what it's like to be a teenager with problems. I would recommend this book to people who read her other books, like Go Ask Alice.
Feb 08, 2012 Adaliza rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ANYONE
Recommended to Adaliza by: My librarian
I absolutely will always re-read this book forever until they can't publish it anymore , The triumphs this girl faces are so raw and realistic . You would almost think you knew her going through her struggle with anorexia . This compares to my disorder. YOU HAVE TO READ THIS ~
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Beatrice Sparks was an American therapist and Mormon youth counselor who was known for producing books purporting to be the 'real diaries' of troubled teenagers. The books deal with topical issues such as drug abuse, Satanism, teenage pregnancy or AIDS, and are presented as cautionary tales. Although Sparks always presented herself as merely the discoverer and editor of the diaries, records at the ...more
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