Bright, popular, pretty and successful, Grace Bowman had the world at her feet. So what drove her to starve herself nearly to death at the age of 18? And what, more importantly, made her stop?
A grippingly honest account of life with anorexia nervosa, A Shape of My Own is Grace's hearbreaking, shocking and, finally, inspirational memoir. An extraordinary story, it is also
"Thin" is the account of the authorÄs anorexia and her recovery from anorexia. It wasn't as painful as I thought it would be, it wasn't as triggering as I had been led to believe it would be.
I found it very surprising that Bowman, as she tells it, slithered into anorexia unaware, not knowing what or why this was happening to her, not understanding why she suddenly wasn't able to eat anym ...more
It started out ok. The writing and some of the terminology is very british, and that took some getting used to, but it was fine. What wasn't fine was how preachy and self-indulgent the author is! I really hate how some memoirs turn into self help books, and this one does just that. But I will give her credit for the parts that were more of a narrative; they were interesting. The end was anticlimat ...more
For a book I had been looking for, for quite some time, I have to say, I was kind of let down. It wasn't quite what I was expecting; it was still pretty good, though. I usually fly through books like this, but this one was a tough read. Not due to sensitivity, or emotions, rather, it was due to boredom. There seemed to be a lack of conflict, and no one really seemed all that concerned about Grace. They didn't even mention the possibility of sending her to an eating disorder treatment faci ...more
This book is the single most immersive recount of anorexia that I have read to date. I have read and reread this book a number of times from start to finish and while I genuinely do love this book, I know it has its issues. I love Grace Bowman as an author, and I love the way she writes about herself. It's her writing style that sets Thin apart from books like Unbearable Lightness and Wasted - this book reads as a lot more solemn, a lot less personable. And that's one of the things I li ...more
In "Thin," Grace Bowman has done an exceptional job of portraying a young woman's decent into the illness of anorexia. This story is her own, yet it is also an experience many young women share.
Ms. Bowman writes with a lyrical yet staccato quality to her prose that engages yet holds the reader at arm's length while she writes in the third person throughout much of the book. She sets her story up as a stage play. The stage is set, th ...more
What I really disliked about this one was, that nothing really extraordinary or "extreme" happened, if you are already used to this kind of books. Many people who write books about disorders live through manic phases, which are, for lack of a better word, "Fun" and entertaining to read, just as the deepest lows are, when the soul just hit the ground at full force. ...more
What makes “Thin” by Grace Brownman so interesting is the fact that – in contrast to many book ...more
She has written a very personal account of her descent into, and recovery from, anorexia and it is compelling and painful to read. It's a combination of first and third person narratio ...more
Grace Bowman is a talented writer who manages to vividly depict both her feelings and her thought processes. She takes a very responsible stance, telling the story of how she developed her disorder with raw honesty, but also includes reflections on how the disorder ...more
Interesting prose and style choices which added to the novel beautifully.
One of the best books on this topic I have read, but did feel somewhat repetitive and long. I wanted more focus on the last few years in which she is overcoming it, all of which were skimmed over.
However, I enjoyed the way author explains what happened in her head/her thought processes. Insightful.