Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia
It was my baby sister, Seonaid, who introduced me to the novel, back in 2007. She had recently read the book herself, and was keen for me to do the same, as ...more
This book is a genuine, gripping story of a youth literally thrown away in favor of madness.
For anyone who has not suffered from some incarnation of disordered eating, it will seem surreal, and at times, utterly unbelievable.
The book is effortlessly fluid. T ...more
I can't give it 5 stars --I can't give it 1 star ---(so I went for 3) ----but I'll never forget the story.
Eating disorders are a disease. Marya Hornbacher does not sugar-coat 'anything'. People who have suffered anorexic --(or been a parent of a child) --'lived' this life deeply may 'not' want to read this book. NO SOLID a ...more
I once had an eating disorder several years ago, so I appreciate Marya Hornbacher's unflinching honesty in Wasted. She holds nothing back in this memoir, sharing the immense pain that accompanies anorexia and bulimia: the preoccupation with calories that takes over your life, the obsession with food that steals your energy from your passions, and the shame and guilt that comes with not feeling strong enough to resist your disorder. Published in 1997, Wasted may have very well served as ...more
So this is a memoir of the author's ten-year struggle with bulimia and anorexia. I found it different from other works I've read on eating disorders, in that the author doesn't go for easy explanations of why she almost killed herself. She wasn't trying to be pretty or perfect or to control her world, at least not solely. She was rea ...more
She spares no one, including herself, in her examination of the causes a ...more
Basic Summary: Well, I think the title sort of covers it. It's a memoir of the author's ...more
Definatly not a book for someone in the throes of an ED to read.
I scrolled through some of the reviews, and most of the two-three star reviews complained about this book being triggering, dangerous, etc. They said it contained "tips" and should not be read by people with an ED.
First of all, people with an ED figure out the "tips" by themselves sooner or later. A simple google search, pro ED websites, all offer the same "tips". For non ED sufferers, these tips might seem new and absurd, but most people with an ED would have already known about them ...more
Hornbacher begins with some startling admissions: 'I became bulimic at the age of nine, anorexic at the age of fifteen'. Her introduction is insightful; she ...more
Marya's story has never been told so honestly, so unashamedly, never shying away from the details, never trying to blame or be obtuse or narrow-minded, never pretending this is anything more than the raw, unvarnished truth.
What really got me was the sheer amount of work she's put into this book. I have never seen so much research being put into a memoir, a genre that is infamous for being extemporaneous and vain. Wasted is anything but ...more
I was expected a story about this woman's struggle with ED.
And yeah, it kind of was, but then it kind of wasn't.
Only a very small portion of the book is her actually owning up to her own personal issues & experiences. There is not very much of HER story (i.e. "I did this, I went here, I said that... etc) Not very much "I" at all.
Instead we have a book full of her being totally dissociated from the entire ED. Instead of "I" it's all "You".... "You will do this ...more
you're worth it.
you're more than your body, your weight, your thoughts.
you're allowed to eat.
you deserve to eat.
[TRIGGER WARNING FUCKING TRIGGER WARNING]
as someone who is currently struggling to kick my eating disorder ass, i can say that this book triggered me a lot. made me realize how fucked up i am. but it also made me feel less alone and misunderstood. marya did not enjoy writing this book. i did not enjoy reading it. because it hurts. writing and rea ...more
I was thirteen when I read it for the first time, and I cried because it felt like she crawled inside my head and scribbled down everything that I felt and had never spoken of. Five years later I still have that copy of the book. It's now been dog-earned and highlighted half to death, and it's on the bookshelf by my bed.
Here's the thing: I don't li ...more
There were a lot of things that bothered me about this novel. Hornbacher refers to sufferers of eating disorders as exclusively female, opting for 'she' in her analogies. She presents erroneous references to behaviors such as 'cruising' (she stated it was a precursor to gastric rupture, if that was the case I would have died many times and many years over). The book was full of ponderings and generalisations regarding ...more
When I read Wasted I was 16/17 and obsessed with my weight. I knew the book had critics who said that it shouldn't be read by people with eating disorders because it was filled with tips and because Hornbacher was equivocal when it came to getting better. I scoffed at them.
I'm older now and if not better, then at least different, and I do have a more troubled view of the book. Is this a ...more
This book is unquestionably very well-written and fascinating, yet I struggled with how many stars to give it.
The author is, quite simply, a rather unlikable person. I hate looking at her photo on the cover, I’m glad I don’t know her, and I don’t really wish her well. This was troubling to me because it seems one should like (or at least have empathy for) the character one is reading about, particularly if the book is a memoir. Should feeling empathy for the author of a memoir be a prerequisite ...more
One of my very favorite memoirs, with an excellent balance of personal narrative with just enough background and research to keep it from solipsism. The ...more
I enjoyed Hornbacher’s memoir of growing up with an eating disorder. She never gave up until she hit the ground, and needed to attend rehab.
Part of this is reminiscent of my recovery from trauma in 1987, moving forward with AD/HD.
I found the book at a Free Library, read it and now it BELONGS TO MY PSYCHIATRIST! 🤓
Marya Hornbacher's 1998 memoir of her anorexia and bulimia (written when she was just 23) has been much criticised for its triggering nature and unresolved, bleak ending. Which is fair enough, on one hand. It does have huge triggering potential. There are startling amounts of research and theory pulsing through Hornbacher's writing, along with descriptions of her personal experiences that are magnetic, raw and deranged. It's a seductive and mesme ...more