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Kid Rex: The Inspiring True Account of a Life Salvaged from Despair, Anorexia and Dark Days in New York City

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After knowing friends with anorexia and being baffled by their behavior, Laura Moisin suddenly found herself prone to the same diseasenot eating at all and going weeks at a time consuming nothing but water and the occasional black coffee. Deceiving therapists by misleading them with symptoms of depression, her anorexia is prolonged, and her health deteriorates rapidly. Rec ...more
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Published November 1st 2008 by ECW Press (first published October 31st 2008)
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Dec 27, 2010 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
There's a lot to like here in what is essentially an autobiography of this tightly-wound Generation Y'er and her collapse into anorexia. I devoured the first 150 pages in a single sitting and was really quite spellbound. Moisin's writing is excellent and she could and perhaps will be a novelist. Balanced against this, I found the recovery stage of the book too short and without enough insight. It was as if she simply decided to eat. Perhaps that's what occurred, but it seemed oddly out of tone w ...more
Moisin developed anorexia as a university student in New York, or perhaps it is more accurate to say that she already had anorexia but it took over completely during her college years.

It's a frustrating read at times, though that's not in and of itself a bad thing. She's not always a likable narrator, which, again, isn't a bad thing on its own. Moisin describes lying to doctors, or misleading them; pushing away friends; destroying food and then leaving the carnage for her roommates to clean up.
Jun 08, 2009 jenna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was just okay for me, Dog.

I did not like Moisin's writing style and she contridicts herself so often it became very irritating. The last couple of chapters are so disjointed from the rest of the book that I skimmed over them with complete disinterest.

I feel like I learned a bit more about anorexia from the insider's perspective, so that was useful. But, I almost feel that Moisin was so close to it, that she didn't always do the best job reporting and describing her experience, or perha
Gabriel Azevedo
i breezed through this because it's nothing i havent read before. all i could think was how annoying it was every time she whined about communism. anyway i felt like this book had very little soul, just a lot of posturing. the chapter on 9/11 i skipped altogether because i have upsetting memories of that day and i just couldnt do it. you should probably just read 'wasted' by mayra hornbacher instead.
Rachael Steil
very informative on what it's like to live with anorexia. I also liked how she didn't "brag" about her anorexia and weight, but merely explained what she did and how she felt
Ilyse Kramer
Jan 05, 2017 Ilyse Kramer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure why she's so snooty, calling Renfrew "the public school of anorexia..though I've never been there, or to public school either for that matter."
Feb 25, 2012 Deb rated it it was amazing
*Anorexia as a metaphor for a deeper metaphysical struggle*

Amazing, astute, and awe-inspiring! In contrast to many other books on eating disorders, Laura Moisin's _Kid Rex_ does not focus on the symptoms and behaviors of the disease, nor does it offer an over-simplified, linear plan for recovery. Instead, Laura's chilling memoir helps illuminate the darkness of the disease by exposing the core inner struggle of the person beneath the symptoms. Throughout the book, her narratives and insights ar
I am amazed that the author survived her anorexia to write this memoire. This book illustrates how debilitating an illness such as anorexia can be. Laura spends over two months inside her apartment, barely moving from bed, not eating, and only leaving the room to use the bathroom (sans showering). As Laura’s life falls apart the novelty of being thin wears off very quickly and it soon becomes clear that she is in a fierce battle to control her anxieties about herself through her unbelievably res ...more
Laura Moisin's memoir, Kid Rex, is a glimpse into a life that anorexia tried to steal. This book is a picture window looking out onto complexity and disorder. Through the panes I watched as Laura Moisin was admitted to Renfrew (an eating disorder treatment center) and not four days later made her shameless exit. From relapse after relapse and on into recovery, I got to witness the transition of a young woman from paralyzing obsession to repossession of a life that was almost lost forever. Althou ...more
Dec 07, 2011 Heidi rated it liked it
This is the kind of book I love to read while traveling. I don't know why. Something about pulling together the pieces of a train wreck of a holds my attention.

Laura woke up one morning with anorexia. At least, that's the way she seems to see it. She was fine, she went to college, she did lots of booze and drugs, and one day she just stopped eating. Putting herself back together was much harder than falling apart in the first place.

I admire the author's willingness to open up and let t
Ally Stefanides
Mar 23, 2011 Ally Stefanides rated it liked it
I have read many ED memoirs since I myself got sick and this one is a bit different than most. Moisin realy delves into the psychological pain living with an eating disorder brings. Her description of the depression she went through was spot on! I also liked the interesting family history as well. The recovery part seemed a bit rushed and I would have liked a bit more detail, but other than that next to Wasted this is my favorite ED book so far.
Jul 24, 2012 Whitney rated it it was amazing
Amazing book! Her ability to describe her struggle with Anorexia both physically and mentally as well as emotionally is amazing and really gives those still struggling a feeling of being understood and those who have never dealt personally with an eating disorder, a glimpse into what it truly can be like.
Jun 06, 2012 Emily rated it liked it
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For me this was an average ED read. I have read many. This was told from a different perspective than most, however it's hard to stick out in this topic. I would give it a 3.5. She had the right idea and I liked how it tied itself up at the end
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I thought this was a great book c:
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