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My Demon's Name Is Ed

3.17  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Danah's eating disorder has a personality – it's a demon she calls Ed, the voice in her head that undermines her self-esteem and her perception of the world. How can she explain that even when she tries to develop healthier eating habits, there is a demon wriggling inside her mind, determining her every step? The eighteen-year-old author of this novel for teens brings her ...more
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Published October 4th 2016 by Second Story Press
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Melinda Howard
*This book was received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

This was a good book but it wasn't amazing as it seemed too repetitive. I do admire the author's courage, however, in making her innermost thoughts subject to scrutiny by the general public. I also admire the courage that she needed to overcome and deal with her disorder. Overall, this was a pretty good book from an inspirational author; the one message that can be taken from this book is to love yourself no matter your shape
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Kiersten
May 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-read
I received an early copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my review.

I didn't realize until the end that the author of this book was the character of this book, though I often questioned it when some of the entries spiraled off into self-hating and questioning rants. As someone who has herself "overcome" (as much as you truly can, anyways) eating disorders, I related heavily to those out of control portions. The constant manic attitude toward other people attempting to discuss her issu
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LA Ayers
Dec 28, 2017 rated it liked it
It's very accurate in the thought process of someone with an eating disorder, but I really felt bad for the people in her life.
Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

I was very interested in this book because I have a personal interest with eating disorders. I have struggled with disordered eating throughout my entire life. I have overexercised and underate and I have binged. I could relate so well to Danah's struggles and her feelings. It's hard to develop a normal relationship with food when it's everywhere and when some people criticize from all angles. Dana got criticized from her mother
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Jessica Meats
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
I wanted to enjoy this book. I have a personal interest in eating disorders and so I was drawn to the idea of a story based on the diary entries of a recovering anorexic.

My problem with the book was that every single word focused on the eating disorder and the symptoms. That might see a strange thing to criticise given that the book was about having an eating disorder, but it felt like I didn't get to know Danah as a person. I didn't get to see anything of her friends (who are mentioned maybe h
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PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
I received ARC copy of MY DEMON IS ED from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

First off, congratulations on eighteen-year-old writer Danah Khalil for writing this novel about her experiences with an eating disorder, who she refers to as her demon, Ed. I hope the experience was healing, helpful and empowering and that she continues growing in her life and writing.

I wish I could say I enjoyed reading MY DEMON IS ED or that it felt like an authentic diary from a teenager struggling. The ent
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Jenn Lopez
Nov 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
There are so many eating disorder books for teens, this is not one I would choose as a recommendations. Although the young author does a good job of describing her fight against her "demon" through a series of journal entries, it lacks character development and her relationships to any other person in her life. I took away from this book that she saw her eating disorder as an evil entity that took over as the main voice in her head whenever she was in a difficult situation or even lo0ked at food ...more
Patricia Tilton
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Danah Khalil has written compelling novel based on her own struggle with an eating disorder, anorexia nervosa. She is 14 years old when her dieting begins. It takes guts to share something so profoundly emotional and deeply personal. I applaud Danah for bravely sharing her realistic story. Her suffering is visceral. Her voice is completely authentic and told through diary entries. The solitude and misery she plummets into is dark and seductive. She calls the demon who lives in her head, “Ed.” An ...more
Tiffany
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I was looking for a new YA book to read and randomly chose this from the library shelves. I should start off by saying that I commend the author for giving us a raw, honest glimpse of what it is like to have an eating disorder. There were times in which I was surprised that her style was so sophisticated with her being so young.

However, I felt that this was a bit repetitious and lacked character development. I would have loved to learn more about the sessions with her therapist and the reasons
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Jamie Olson
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm disappointed in this book. I was expecting a story, but this is more of the ramblings of a young teenager in the midst of her eating disorder. I understand Khalil wrote this from the journals she kept as she was going through her own eating disorder, but to turn the rambling into a story I wish she had added real characters and a more developed plot.

I do plan on having this in my classroom library, though. I believe any teenager suffering with an eating disorder will see herself in the narr
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MissBecka
Aug 04, 2017 rated it did not like it

Even though I was reading journal entries, the entire thing had a very impersonal and disconnected feel to it. A persons private thoughts I had hoped would feel more emotional. It ended up feeling contrived instead. I think this would have drawn me in more had she used her journal entries to compose a novel and sprinkled just a few of the actual entries throughout the book as chapter introductions to set the timeline.
Diana
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, giveaways
Wow. I've read books about anorexia before, but this was so unique and powerful that it stopped me in my tracks. I couldn't put it down! The fact that this was based on the author's actual diaries during her struggle with anorexia made it even more inspiring. Recommended for anyone dealing with eating disorders or who knows someone who is.
Megan Rang
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it
This book gives you a look at what goes on in the mind of someone suffering with an eating disorder. It was repetitive but that is how the disorder works. I could see this as a good book for someone who is in the same battle with themselves.
Jillian
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
the first few pages of this book were amazingly written and i had high hopes for this book. as another review stated, this book was probably very therapeutic for the author, but unfortunately i didn't feel connected to her - even though we went through almost identical experiences as teenagers.
Trent Willis
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Well the book I read wasn't the best but for what it's worth it had a great meaning about it. I feel like this book has thought me not let little things distracted you from the bigger picture and always find a way through anything no matter how hard it gets.
Patricia Kaniasty
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very creative in the way it is written. Interesting perspective.
Ginny
Not really sure how many stars to rate, so I may just come back to that.

I enjoyed the book, but I wish it were a biography and not a novel as I think at that point we could get deeper look into the disorder and everything.

I do think the author did a good job of capturing the struggle anyone goes with with negative thoughts in their head.


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Carly
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
though i thought it would be different it was an amazing book. i love how the author mentions getting her journals published which is what the book is. also the overall positive attude she has by the end.

very well written and very powerful to all who read it.
McKenna
**This ebook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

In the writing style of Letting Ana Go, Danah Khalil's memoir communicates her experiences of living with mental illness through journal entries. Raw and honest, they express feelings and thoughts many others feel and think but do not say.

Unfortunately, I think some of the rawness of the journal entries - as the memoir is just that - hurts the story some. Publishing a book made up of journal entries is a w
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Brooklyn
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Danah's eating disorder has a personality – it's a demon she calls Ed, the voice in her head that undermines her self-esteem and her perception of the world. How can she explain that even when she tries to develop healthier eating habits, there is a demon wriggling inside her mind, determining her every step? The eighteen-year-old author of this novel for teens brings her own journal entries to life, revealing the mental anguish of a teen suffering with anorexia and the terrifying grip the diso ...more
Christina
Sep 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
DNF'd at 20%

I was highly disappointed in this book, given how excited I was to start delving into a delicate subject matter such as eating disorders. When done well, these topic books can educate, enlighten and make those who are suffering feel less alone. However, this book was not done well.

I felt as though it was more like a personal diary by the author and whilst I imagine it to have been very therapeutic to get her thoughts and feelings on paper, it just didn't make a good enough story for
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Joyce (literaryharpy)
I received an ARC copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Demon's Name is Ed is a story - rather, with a diary-like format - about Danah's, the author, struggles with her eating disorder, of how she dealt with it, of how it utterly consumed her, and how much change it brought to the people around her.
First, I'd like to congratulate the author for her recovery and I want to express my deepest admiration for thinking about creating this book. Anorexia's no joke. And although it's su
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Julia
This book isn't a master work of literature, but it does a decent job at explaining the mind of someone who is anorexic. I think it also can translate to other forms of obsessive/compulsive behavior. Here's what I think the author did well or got right based on my personal experience with a different eating disorder:
*The obsession in both mind and body with an eating disorder. There's no moderation in anything. Everything you do will be to excess.
*The distorted thinking and feelings. You can't
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Grace
I finished this book quickly, and I have absolutely no idea how to rate it.
Believe me, it was poignant and hard to read. Full of screaming and swearing to the point of it boggling my brain. It wasn't a story of characters (there are like three), nor a story of a plot, not much of anything. A story of emotions, and a journey through the author's life. If I am honest, I do not believe parts of this book were her actual feelings when she was young. It reads too much like it was intended for someon
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Kristen
May 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
I received this ebook for free from netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

I really had mixed feelings about this book. The first thing that drew me in was the title, then the description, and I had high hopes for the book but it was not to be. Now I am not an expert on eating disorders nor will I ever claim to be, but this book seemed awfully cut and dry for a book about an eating disorder. I don't mean I don't think the author went through something powerfully crippling, but it really
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Jo
Jan 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Being interested as I am in mental health issues, I was very intrigued by this book. For me, Ed is the very personification of the demented activity that can go on inside the head of a mentally sick person. Yes, it can feel as if there is constantly a voice in your ear, urging you on and on even though you know y0u shouldn't. Yes, it can feel as if you are perpetually in a battle - usually with yourself - over your actions. Yes, you do feel that you want to silence a perpetually busy brain perma ...more
Laura Hall
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Warning this book deals with the mature topic of eating disorders. This book is the authors diary from grade 8- when she obtained her eating disorder until the end of high school where she beat it. She journals almost everyday with the struggles that she came across with not eating, over exciting, fighting with friends and family and anxiety. She also included thoughts from Ed, the demon that lives inside her head feeding her eating disorder. This book so powerful to read because the emotions ar ...more
Ms. Nguyen
Nov 28, 2016 rated it liked it
I got this book in a giveaway, and I'm excited to share it with my students. While I agree with other reviews that it's a little repetitive, I think it's an important look at eating disorders. They are so misunderstood in today's culture, and personifying the disorder creates a more concrete viewpoint for those who know little about eating disorders. I think it's similar to Go Ask Alice. Overall, would recommend to many students. However, the lack of real plot is important to know before reading ...more
Tobye
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this book from Netgalley I exchange for an honest review. I thought the author did an excellent job of showing the descent into madness and self-loathing that occurs whenever there is destructive behavior like eating disorders. I think this novel will do what other novels like Go Ask Alice did for people- show them they are not alone and that they can find help, or bring awareness to the disease. I felt that while the intent was great, the writing was disjointed and a little repetitiv ...more
Debbie Kennedy
Feb 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book from goodreads.
I found this story interesting as I'm not really familiar with eating disorders. Mental health issues are sometimes hidden and creating awareness for others is a wonderful thing to do . Gave me a better understanding of the illness and more compassion for the individual and the struggles they must go through dealing with this illness.
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