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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  359 ratings  ·  18 reviews
"This is an important read for anyone dealing with an eating disorder: the individual, the family or friends. Ms. Lipton conveys a touching portrayal of the struggles involved with trying to overcome this illness." -Cynthia R. Pegler, MD, Adolescent Medicine Specialist

"A riveting and sensitive journey into the world of a teenage girl plagued by Anorexia Nervosa. A detaile
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published September 6th 2006 by iUniverse
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DNF @ page 56

1 star.

TRASH! This book is going in the trash. (Not really, I could never do that to a book but it's going into my sell or charity pile) Rant ahead.

This book is so freaken infuriating!! I feel like screaming. The people who have given this 4-5 Star reviews are either VERY new to eating disorders or/and are around the ages of 9-12

This gave me this shits. The girl's name gets said about a million times and becomes just annoying. Like OK, I get it, I know her name. Far out, shut up. Yo
Sasha C.
Apr 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone, especially young adults and parents of teens/ya's
This book was...genuine. It was true. I felt that the author really knew what she was talking about. It was as if she actually went through all those emotions, because she depicted them in such a realistic, genuine way. And frightening. It was amazing what Leslie Lipton did with words, as though taking them straight out of the teenager's mind. Read this. Everyone I think has to read this book, because eating disorders are an impending problem in the current young adult society...a scary problem. ...more
Dec 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
Horribly written and painfully inaccurate.
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
WOW. I didn't expect this book to be good. I really didn't. But wow.

I related to Stefanie in so many ways. I felt like the author was writing myself in this book. It was hard for me to get through and I was very emotional when (view spoiler) With that
Apr 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book felt very authentic. Definitely one of my new favorite ED books.
Alison Whiteman
Sep 13, 2015 rated it did not like it
This book is trite and poorly written. The characters have no emotional depth.
Eyebrow Him
Dec 24, 2020 rated it liked it
I couldn't sympathise with the main character but apart from that it was a good read. However, a few typos, she said Olsen instead of Olson, also how could she be 16 already if she was born in 1985? I found the bones lyrics repetitive and annoying. Wait, the song 'Unwell' wasn't even released until 2003,so how could she have been listening to it? Someone should have proofread this before publishing. ...more
Sarah Quinn
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book, to me, got very real, raw, and emotional in the process of recovering from an eating disorder. I loved the fact that it showed that recovery is not easy, and that just because you relapse here or there does not mean you should give up entirely. As one who has struggled like Stefanie, I relate to this book quite a bit and to me it was a wonderful read.
jazmyn haiayiele
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
A really good book about reading disorders. If you or someone you know is currently experiencing dealing with an eating disorder, I recommend reading this. Or, if you just like the topic of it, even.
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
As the story opens, sixteen-year-old Stefanie is feeling isolated, inadequate -- and a bit fat. (Nobody has explained to her, apparently, that fat is not a feeling.) A diet, she decides, is in order. As it happens, her health class is learning about eating disorders, but -- ha, ha! -- she'd never take things that far, of course.

It takes about two days for her to go from 'diet' to 'disorder'. A month later, everyone is worried; a month after that, off to hospital she goes.

I can live with the rapi
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book never gets old either I've read this one multiple times as well. I just like how they am describe and write about eating disorders. It gives u a good luck of what it's like to live with one and the hell and torture the ppl who suffer go through. Just like me yes I suffer from anorexia. ...more
Jessica Boyce
Oct 03, 2016 rated it liked it

This book was alright. Nothing spectacular. It's a basic story of an eating disorder. Stefanie was a bit annoying in the beginning with the bones but I came to relate to her. I also have an ED. When she went into the hospital, it got slow. I've been in a hospital like that before so it wasn't super interesting, the other characters kind of fell flat. When the thing happens, I saw it coming and I was completely unmoved.

All in all, it was okay. Would recommend if you're into reading about th
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
Really couldn't get into this book. I felt it braced the subject of a serious eating disorder in quite a naive way, and could actually be quite damaging to people really going through this. I didn't really enjoy the style of writing, and found it almost too simplistic, in juxtaposition to the subject. I found it fairly similar to Wintergirls which I never really connected with either, so maybe this book just wasn't for me. ...more
Mandi Lynn
Feb 11, 2014 rated it liked it
3.7 stars. So I really liked the story, but I had a problem with the writing style. Most of the time I felt disconnected from the story. Emotions and just the general story telling seemed to jump around a lot. Don't get me wrong, I really liked the story, I just wasn't the hugest fan of the writing, but I'm also very critical to novels when it comes to stories about eating disorders. ...more
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Took longer than expected to read due to small print and 90% descriptive paragraphs with very minimal dialogue. Overrall an ok read.
Nov 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: great
Insight into the mind of a patient with anorexia nervosa. Interesting to see how it all starts, and the gradual path to recovery.
Julia Tell
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! I was very good friends with the author.
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