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Kim: Empty Inside: The Diary of an Anonymous Teenager

3.3  ·  Rating details ·  707 Ratings  ·  54 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
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ebook, 176 pages
Published May 18th 2010 by HarperCollins (first published April 1st 2002)
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Suede
Sep 15, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: burnit
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!!!!!
Audrey
Oct 20, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Klaudyna Z.
Oct 27, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books
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
Gemma
Jul 18, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
TERRIBLE. Poorly written, no excuse for this as it's clearly fiction. Completely unrealistic account of an ED. Protagonist is irritating.
♥Xeni♥
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.
Brenda
Nov 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Maryam_a_140a513
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 10, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  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
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Jessica
Feb 26, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports, read-2009
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
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Shelby Lamb
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: snooze-fest
Empty Inside: The Diary of an Anonymous Teenager really fits its name because it was, well, EMPTY INSIDE. Instead of ravishing details and an insight into ED like I had hoped, it came up short with FLAT FLAT FLAT characters (and this is how Kim speaks) and minimalist descriptions of an obviously made-up diary of a teenage girl battling an eating disorder. It was very slow.... I'm talking SNAIL PACE. In fact I was 80% through my e-book version of it (and I had to look) when it started mentioning ...more
Amy's Book Reviews
Grade: F

Kim is an immature seventeen-year-old, overly dependent on her parents and older twin sisters who develops and recovers from an eating disorder in record time. Her diary entries sound more like they were written by a middle schooler, though most of editor Beatrice Sparks "true" diaries have been debunked as untrue, though they are found in the fiction section labeled as true.
I only picked this out because I was looking for a cheap read. I don't recommend this book.
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
Jul 31, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
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.

Gracie
May 28, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book gave me mixed feelings from the beginning. After reading the whole thing in under 2 hours, I've come to the conclusion that it's definitely not the best YA fiction novel in regards to anorexia or bulimia.

I feel that it does not portray realistic ideas about eating disorders besides the symptoms. It wasn't written in the best way and I felt like a was reading a book targeted for middle schoolers...not young adults or teens.

Kim's (main character) journal entries seemed very naive which
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Lou Bishop
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This diary was really good. I don't read a lot of diaries but this one was truly amazing. I feel that I should start to read more diaries because I really didn't now how interesting they can be when you pick the right one! This book about a girl with an eating disorder really touched me and made me realize how hard it is to have an eating disorder. this book was truly amazing and I think anyone would love this book!
Beni Harmony
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kim: Empty inside
Kim said: "Gymnasts are used to feeling pain but... wow"
This quote describes this book very well. It basically says that being a gymnast takes effort, and you are gonna be sore and tired. The pain that Kim is going through is deeper, it is internal. It is a disorder. The authors purpose of writing Kim: Empty Inside was to show young readers how much it takes and how dedicated you have to be. The author wanted to show us that while you're under pressure you have to keep your he
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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.

Characters:
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
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Beth
Jan 03, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rebecca McNutt
Mar 17, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Miharu Rokujou
Jul 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eating-disorders
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
kim
Aug 28, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Leticia
Nov 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Aaliyah
Kim: empty inside
The Dairy of an Anonymous Teenager

Kim one of the many teenagers with an eating disorder. Kim like most feel like she 19s the only one who feel the way she does; alone, fat, weak, helpless, a disgrace, trying to be perfect for everyone else. Through this book you see how Kim and several other people have the problem of an eating disorder. The journey from having and recovering from an eating disorder is long and hard, this book takes you through this. We will feel Kim 19s pain an
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Mrs. Hassig
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WOW. That's all I can say WOW. This is my second book on eating disorders. Because this is written in diary form you get inside this girl's head, and she is messed up. Bless her heart she has the love of family and friends and team mates but it's not enough. I will share this with students in a few weeks when we have the eating disorders specialist come in to talk with the 8th grade. I get this topic but I don't get this topic!
P.S. If you like this book you will also like "Go Ask Alice" also wr
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Heather
Apr 16, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Anyone who publishes fictional stories and claims they're true diaries of real teenagers needs a reality check. At first, I read both this and Go Ask Alice and liked them. Yet, after reading about Beatrice Sparks and discovering the real origins, I was pissed. Upon further reading, it seemed clear that the stories were simply the same voice with no character development, no originality, just a pedestal for a cause and a way to supposedly reach teenagers.
Rokeya
Nov 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Liralen
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.
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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.
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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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