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June 2020: J. Singer + A. Davis > Always Too Much and Never Enough by Jasmin Singer

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Tessa (trisstessa) | 389 comments Mod
Share your thoughts on Jasmin Singer's Always Too Much and Never Enough here!


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debbicat  (cr8zycat) | 28 comments I just decided to add this one and will start tonight. :)


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Olivia (comixlibrarian) | 9 comments I finished listening to the audiobook of this a few days ago. Though I do like Singer's writing, I was a little disappointed overall with the story and the way she jumps through time. There was a lot of repetition. (This did inspire me to get a juicer though!)


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Tessa (trisstessa) | 389 comments Mod
Olivia wrote: "I finished listening to the audiobook of this a few days ago. Though I do like Singer's writing, I was a little disappointed overall with the story and the way she jumps through time. There was a l..."

I'm about halfway through and I'm not a fan of the time jumps either; each time she goes back or jumps ahead, I get a bit confused lol. I enjoy the way she writes though - her personality really shines through.


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Olivia (comixlibrarian) | 9 comments Tessa wrote: "Olivia wrote: "I finished listening to the audiobook of this a few days ago. Though I do like Singer's writing, I was a little disappointed overall with the story and the way she jumps through time..."

I agree, her voice certainly comes through and listening to the audiobook was really enjoyable because the author is a trained actress.


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Olivia (comixlibrarian) | 9 comments Also want to add - I really loved all of her reflections on her various diets. Personally, I gained a little bit of weight after going vegan by making some of the same mistakes that she mentions. Additionally, as rough as it was to listen to many of her instances of being body-shamed and bullied, I really enjoyed her reflections and found them relatable as someone who grew up being "the fat kid".


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Tessa (trisstessa) | 389 comments Mod
I'm almost done with this book, but I just wanted to throw in this interview with Jasmin I read a month or so ago from Tenderly:

https://medium.com/tenderlymag/21-que...

She talks about body image and how she "was thin for 10 minutes and happened to get a book deal during that time" and now that's she's chubby again, she's lost her admission into the cool kids club.

According to the interview, she's currently working on a third book, "this time about the experience of losing a bunch of weight and gaining much of it back," which I'm really excited about.


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Tessa (trisstessa) | 389 comments Mod
Okay, just finished this one and wow.

As I already stated, I found the time jumps to be frustrating, but I think her overall story and voice makes up for it.

Honestly, I didn't expect to relate and connect to Jasmin's story as much as I did, but there were some parts that were just so overwhelmingly me. I'm not into juicing and I know that's not something I'll ever personally do, but I loved the way she wrote on so many topics - sexuality, animal rights/veganism, fat-shaming/fatphobia, etc. So much of what she said and described, I recognized as something I do/did. I have a complicated relationship with food, which likely stems from my mother, who was always buying Weight Watchers meals and the like while she also battled with the binge-purge-repeat cycle. I was never "fat" but, for my height, I was definitely overweight - or almost overweight - up until three or four years ago.

I just felt really seen while reading this.


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Jordan Heustis | 1 comments I was really excited about this! I love VegNews and it sounded like I could relate a lot to her story. Yeah I didn’t love the time jumping and I also have some issues with juicing detox’s but I guess I’d have to do more research to really say much. Other than, I loved her story and I’m so glad I read it!


message 10: by Olivia (new)

Olivia (comixlibrarian) | 9 comments Jordan wrote: "I was really excited about this! I love VegNews and it sounded like I could relate a lot to her story. Yeah I didn’t love the time jumping and I also have some issues with juicing detox’s but I gue..."

I agree about the juicing. I'm not totally on board with the idea of a juice fast because it seems like a slippery slope to developing disordered eating habits.


message 11: by Tessa (new)

Tessa (trisstessa) | 389 comments Mod
Jordan wrote: "I was really excited about this! I love VegNews and it sounded like I could relate a lot to her story. Yeah I didn’t love the time jumping and I also have some issues with juicing detox’s but I gue..."

Yeah, I'm not super convinced on juicing, especially when it's referred to as a detox. I could be wrong, but doesn't the body naturally detox on its own? I'm pretty sure I've read something about that.


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