A fantastic and incredibly honest memoir of what a severe, serious eating disorder can really do to your body and mind. Hornbacher's honesty is impressive, and she gives excellent insight into the what anorexia and bulimia really are-- great for family members and professionals to read. Caution-- this book may be quite triggering if you yourself are recovering from an ED.
One of my favorite books. Intense, captivating, and beautifully written account of the author's life with eating disorders and drug addictions. I agree that this isn't a feel-good book, but it's excellent. I'm keeping my copy, but you should definitely read this.
As someone who has gone through a similar ordeal, I can say she speaks the truth. This book is not only dark but has its time of wit too. I have read and reread this book several times, and have loved it every time. I recommend this for everyone, but NOT those currently suffering as this can be very triggering. I made that mistake and it is not to be taken lightly.
This is an engaging, intelligent, intense, and painfully honest look at one woman's experiences with an eating disorder. Marya Hornbacher's unflinching look at her own life and psyche manages to make the reader both understand the mind of someone with ED (while never condoning it) and also feel a great deal of empathy (without whining). This is a very powerful book.
A word of warning: This book can also be very triggering. If you have any kind of issues with food/weight or any history of disordered eating, you should carefully consider whether or not you're able to handle this book. I wasn't far enough along in my recovery when I first read this and it triggered me 6 ways from Sunday!
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At first, Wasted sucked me in and I enjoyed it, but as the book went on the story started to seem repetitive and boring. I kept expecting this to be it, The Climax of the story, but then wait.....she gets sicker still! This kept repeating until I thought maybe her getting well would wrap everything up, but that doesn't happen either. Now, I consider myself a compassionate person and I know this sounds harsh, I think I feel this way because to me at least, the author's tone had a touch of arrogance, an "I'm better than you" tinge to it, and this made me feel not as bad for her and her poor life decisions as I usually would. The author herself admits near the end of the book, that it all just got a bit boring. Well, I agree with her. Her incessant whining and need to be the sickest person in the room started to sound like a 5-year old throwing a tantrum. Luckily, this was only the last 1/3 of the book or so, which is why it still received 3 stars from me.
Eloquently written, and amazingly insightful to someone suffering from an eating disorder. She looks at the problem from multiple angles, and relates her own experience in a way that could be helpful to other sufferers. This book proves that her long and tiresome struggle with these two eating disorders was not in vain.
I thought this was a wonderfully written, very raw and honest account of a woman's life-long struggle with anorexia and bulimia. As someone who has never suffered from these illnesses, I thought that it did a great job of making me understand what's going on in someone's head who is bulimic or anorexic. A lot of what I learned in this book was very surprising. I think it's a great read for anyone who knows someone who is suffering or has suffered from anorexia or bulimia because it puts you right in her head.
I don't like to use the word "harrowing" lightly, but I think it's appropriate for this memoir of anorexia and bulimia. It's definitely not a pleasant story, but Hornbacher sheds light on the darker aspects of an already misunderstood disorder. Her writing is beautiful, and the bravery she exhibits in telling her story is impressive. I highly recommend it to anyone, eating disordered or not.
A horrific disease brought to light. What female hasn't tried to loose weight? How weight can become such an obsession and how we as parents need to teach our children good eating habits away from dieting.
One of the saddest, yet most memorable, books I've ever read. I'd recommend every young woman that's ever thought about her weight read this memoir - whether you've suffered an eating disorder or not. Very well written.
This is a first account telling of author Marya Hornbacher's life as she experienced both anorexia, bulimia and substance abuse. Her writing is very descriptive and kept me interested-I did not want to put the book down. I think it might be dangerous for a recovering ana-mia person to read as it can be a trigger but for those who would like to know the insides of the mind of one who has gone through this, it is an excellent choice.
I hate getting a book and not finishing it but this book was so awful that I did just that! Incredibly pretentious, whiny and just plain weird ... I feel like someone edited all the words because Hornbacher's true personality barely showed through. Quotes all over the place like it was an academic paper. Her mother did not breast feed her as a child because she felt like she was being devoured??? What the hell is that even supposed to mean? My sister was home for Thanksgiving so I read her the funny/tragic disaster out loud for a while. Now that she has left, the book is going right out to someone else. Yuck.