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Insatiable: The Compelling Story of Four Teens, Food and Its Power

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  401 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
In the pages of Insatiable you will meet: Samantha, the ice princess who resists eating to demonstrate her worth to others and to herself. She cuts herself to release and relieve her intense emotional turmoil. Hannah, the lost soul who expresses her self-disgust by throwing up the enormous quantities of food she eats when she is alone. Jessica, the rebel who starves hersel ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published August 1st 2015 by HCI Teens (first published April 1st 2001)
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Jun 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
I read this as part of a course I did at Lesley on Adolescent Literature. I highly recommend this series. The author follows a group of friends who meet in an eating disorder support group and the storyline is not only true-to-life but it is truer then we would like to believe.
Seems fairly accurate in capturing the facts and textbook feelings of various eating disorders. If you are a junkie for eating disorder books, this might be your fix, but the writing's pretty darn awful.
Aug 31, 2010 rated it it was ok
Insatiable and Ravenous tell the story of a group of high school (and then college) students struggling with eating disorders.

I had a hard time giving these books credence based upon either the writing or the treatment of eating disorders. The plot is fairly thin, the characters flat (even into the second book I occasionally had to check to see which character I was reading about), and the lessons very, very heavy-handed. The treatment of eating disorders borders on pop psychology - everybody's
Hazel McHaffie
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Teen fiction again so not really my thing. Author Eve Eliot is herself an anorexic with degrees in psychology and experience as a therapist with an agenda. It shows. I'm afraid I found the style of writing poor with loads of repetition, and far too many descriptive phrases. Amateurish and in need of a good strong edit. It’s about four girls with eating disorders who all attend a group session with the same therapist. It's difficult to remember the detail of each one, so constant changing between ...more
Jul 28, 2008 rated it liked it
I remember liking this book back when I was in middle school, but I've found it somewhat lacking since then. It's a good introduction to the unhappy world of eating disorders for the younger crowd, but pretty much stops there.
Jan 30, 2010 rated it did not like it
The girls stories were interesting, but I couldn't get through it. The characters weren't very believable.
Mar 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
A really great look at eating disorders, and well-written for a younger reader. The "recovery" stage of the teens in the book is a bit too unrealistic, but in all it's an enjoyable read.
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Quite the story of people with eating disorders seen through the eyes of very many people and it helps you to step into their shoes a little bit to see why they do what they do. Very well written.
Emma-Kate Schaake
Feb 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult, 2017
So poorly written with such halting, jerky chapter sections. Important topic, cliche and surface.
Summer Waychoff
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The issue about this book is teens starving their selves, cutting, making their selves throw up, or eating too much. This book covers all of that. It is about 4 teens that do one of them or more. They are out seeking for help or their parents are trying to get them help. One of the teens died because of how bad it got for her. I would recommend this book to get the issue out there on how bad it is and how serious it can be for girls to do that. It also could happen for boys. Teens need to get he ...more
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a good book but.....its triggering
While reading this book I myself suffered from being a Cutter and a Bulimic, every time Samantha cut herself it made me want to cut, every time Hannah made herself throw up I wanted to make myself throw up, every time Phoebe went into the kitchen to fill up on milk, cookies, ice cream and pie, it made me want to do the same thing, and every time Jessica starved her self for food it made me want to starve myself.
If your Anorexic, Bulimic or a Cutter you
Nov 18, 2008 rated it liked it
I thought this was a pretty good book. It was quite interesting to view things from their point of view. I've never been bulimic, anorexic nor have I ever had a food problem and bad as Phoebe did. Still, I can almost understand what they were thinking about. I can almost understand what kind of emotions they experience with their habit. I think the author did a good job telling the readers about the characters. There were a couple of bad parts that I didn't agree with but I guess thats just supp ...more
Ava Bigalke
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was pretty good. I think that if the author did not jump around characters as much, it would be more interesting. The overall effect of the book was very powerful because I do not think people realize how helpful or damaging food can be. In this book, it does not only show the power of food, but shows the power of people. By explaining the different situations of severely overeating or under eating, it allows reader to understand how crucial iy is to take care of yourself. By including ...more
Jan 23, 2008 rated it liked it
This story is about 4 girls who all have some form of an eating disorder; 1 bulimic, 2 anorexics, and 1 compulsive eater. This story follows them through out their troubled years, their losses and their gains, but it mostly focuses on their eating behaviors. It goes quite in-depth, in my opinion, and offers good insight into the minds of people who have eating disorders. It was better than I thought it would be. The only real complaint I have is that they seem to whine about themselves too much.
May 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mental-health
This is not a novel with a gripping story, it is not something that will keep you on the edge of your seat, or impress you with it's lyrical writing.

It is a book about eating disorders, it's written very simply but very honestly. Anybody who needs or wants to know more about those suffering from any eating disorder should read this.
It is very good and easy to relate to though I found it hard to keep track of who was who at times.
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After skimming through through this book it seems pretty flat both character wise and in writing style. All main girls sound exactly same. I was expecting a better approach to the subject of eating disorders. If you are looking for a book that deals with the subject matter honestly this is not the book for you. May be a good introduction for younger readers on eating disorders butt that 's about it. Probably not going to read the rest. It is also very triggering.
Jan 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Super good book with very realistic ending. I promise you will be able to relate to at least one person in at least one portion of the book. I xan definitely relate to everyone in this book, especially considering I used to have AN. This is a very touching book. The author even shares her own story in the afterword.
Ashley Roberts
Mar 16, 2015 rated it liked it
I am conflicted with this book. I read it in eighth grade and loved it for how unapologetically described how eating disorders affect a young girls life. I read it for a second time at 20 and realized it could also be toxic in that it almost perfectly tells girls how to HAVE an eating disorder. I still am not sure how I feel about it
Rachael Steil
Jul 31, 2013 rated it did not like it
Very poor writing but a good look at eating disorders in all areas and perspectives. Felt like I was reading from a psychology scenario for class at each scene so it definitely didn't read like a true novel. Poorly written but good if you don't know much about eating disorders and want to understand.
its hard to find ya fiction that deals well with eating disorders. this one did pretty well but not as great as i expected but very well written in terms of describing symptoms, feelings. wat bothered me was there was no resolution and as there were so many main characters i sometimes mixed them up
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Teens, parents
A very good book about anorexia, bulimia and BED.
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It was very powerful and moving. The characters are very real life and the stories are compelling...
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A therapist for the past twelve years, during which time she has treated patients individually and in groups, Eve is also a consultant for The Caron Foundation, where she is a facilitator in their week-long compulsive eating treatment program.

A frequently sought after expert in the field of food addictions, Eve has appeared on television with Barbara Walters, as well as on radio and local cable sh
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