Stick Figure A Diary of My Former Self Author:Lori Gottlieb When Lori Gottlieb was 11 years old, she did something girls that age often do: She started a diary. And like far too many other 11-year-old girls, she also began starving herself. Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self chronicles her transformation from a bright, healthy kid into a hospital patient on the verge of death, and it illustra... more »tes how a young girl can become convinced that anorexia is the answer to her preadolescent confusion.
With an edgy wit and keenly observant eye, Stick Figure delivers an engrossing glimpse into the mind of a girl in transition to adulthood. Fortunately, the 11-year-old Lori recorded her journey to recovery in her diary, and her story is funny, slyly insightful, and surprisingly universal.
An unflinchingly candid, bitingly funny debut, Stick Figure's compelling mix of irreverent humor, satire and autobiography offers dead-on observances about everything from mothers to the medical profession, gender roles to the absurdities of society's obsession with beauty. Martin Scorsese's company, DeFina/Cappa Productions, has purchased movie rights to Gottlieb's journal.« less
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An eleven year old's diary of how she saw herself as fat and could not stop dieting. A book that looks at anorexia close up and personel. A good read for anyone who wants to understand how someone could starve themselves into nothing but bones and a thin layer of skin. A good read.
Amazingly written story written by Gottleib when she was only 11 years old (these were entries in her diary) about her fight with anorexia. ONe minute, she is ultra-mature and intelligent and the next she is worried that breathing in food smells will make her fat. A very interesting read!
A quick read. This journal of the author's bout with anorexia at age eleven never goes for the gratuitous or the cheap. Ringing with authenticity, it will give many a glimpse into the psyche of youngsters with eating disorders.
This book fascinated me because I read Lori Gottlieb's articles these days in magazines and find them well written and entertaining. I got a glimpse into her childhood and could relate to her on some levels. I enjoyed reading this book with her frank and dry wit as a child. She touches on issues that teens these days are facing more and more. I recommend this book not only for teens and their high school reading lists but for adults of teens and pre-teens as well. I read it in two days.
definitely a gripping story, but it definitely wasn't written at the level of an eleven-year-old, even one as smart as Lori was supposed to be. Believable, but I don't know if four-weeks is *really* a realistic turn-around time for an anorexic, no matter how strong their resolve is.