"Life Size" by Jenefer Shute is written from the point of view of an anorexic woman, one who has been forced into a recovery facility in order to save her life. At first, I was waiting for the woman to come to her senses...but as the book goes on, the deep psychosis became so clear, it was an almost frightening read, like being in someone's diary without their permission. I will never again look at someone with an eating disorder and wonder why she doesn't "just eat something" - it's not that simple.
If you know someone who has an eating disorder, this book is a must-read.
I thought this book was amazing. It was the first I read by Jenefer Shute, and thoguth it explored anorexia without exploiting it. Vivid and thoguht-provoking.
One of the best novels that puts anorexia under the microscope and really delves into how a person with the disease thinks and feels.
from back cover:
Josie is a woman striving for perfection. She is starving herself in a quest to find her true essence. Weighing a mere sixty-seven pounds, she finds herself in a hospital, where she stubbornly rages against all forms of treatment for her anorexia. Instead Josie is determined to set her captive spirit gloriously free- even if she must destroy herself to do so. Darkly comic and crackling with energy, Life-Size is a deeply affecting story for anyone whose life is diminished by the tyranny of thinness.
This book is an excellent book about a girl with anorexia. It is very vivid, dramatic, and effective.