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Moose by Stephanie Klein
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really liked it
Recommended for: Katie

It wasn't quite as spot on as Straight Up and Dirty, but I'm wondering, in retrospect, if that is because her honesty was oftentimes infuriating. But that's the point, I assume: to admit that when a friend addresses the question of weight (that of your twins in the NICU), to assume she is questioning yours; to admit to never being completely healthy once you've had disordered eating... ever; to be honest about being your most miserable at your skinniest, and your happiest when fat. While reading these pages, what I wanted to do most was scowl nastily at Stephanie behind her back, to avoid at all costs admitting the dreaded fact that I see myself in her. But in the end all I could do was admire her "love me or leave me alone" honesty in her writing and in her life.

Also, there's this:

"'You shouldn't wear a black bra under a white shirt, sweetie,' Jared lectured softly as I wiped his saliva from just above my upper lip. 'It's trashy.' Jared had a mullet, wore a thick gold necklace, and pronounced 'doing' as if it had no g. Apparently he was an authority.

Who the hell are you? I thought. It's not even a bra; it's a bathing suit--and I'm the girl. Don't you think I know I shouldn't wear black beneath white? You ass-munch. I was crazy about him."

These are the stellar bits that I loved in Straight Up and Dirty. My only real complaint about this book is that there weren't more of these.
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August 20, 2008 – Shelved
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August 27, 2008 – Finished Reading

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