I did not like this book. I initially was interested in reading it because I felt like I could relate - I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember, and I went through all the teasing and whatnot as a child.
However, I never had such a hopeless and negative attitude as the author does. She does not appear to like herself, or anyone else, for that matter. She blames her fatness on the situation she was in, a poor family life, etc. I did feel sorry for her as a child, as children don't always have the means to change their life or the situation they are in. But I can't feel sorry for adults who don't like who they are, but don't take steps to make changes.
There is no point to this book that I can tell. She is describing her perception of her life growing up. There is no effort to change her reality, to make a difference in the world, to help someone else through her experience. This is a very self-centered book and this woman has some major issues with food that even Oprah hasn't covered on her show. Some of the descriptions of food are just plain gross. I seriously doubt that a majority of the people with weight problems would be able to identify with anything in this book.
Well, the author really "tells it like it is" in this heartbreaking memoir. She does not want sympathy, yet it is nearly impossible not to feel sorry for her. Story is very depressing, with a just few moments of hope. I did get a bit weepy once or twice, I'll admit that. FYI -- Some descriptions are kind of gross and shocking. Extremely fast read.
Really wondering just why the author even wrote this book. It seems more like something you'd write TO yourself as a catharsis, not the general public. There was no redeeming value (which she does mention at the beginning, but still!) No "I now tolerate myself" No "Suicide isn't the answer" or any other type of thing someone can take away.
My library had this listed under Young Adult...I'll be stopping in to talk to the librarian tomorrow...as I do not feel a young girl should read this...at 16 we have enough doubts about our bodies as it is. Aside from the fact the first sentence is "I'm to fat to fu**."
Sooo do not recommend this book...stay away, read something else, you'll be glad you did!
Read this one instead : Half-Assed: A Weight-Loss Memoir :: Jennette Fulda
ISBN-13: 9781580052337 - ISBN-10: 1580052339
I was really surprised by how short the book was and then again when I realized how easy of a read it is. I felt that the first few chapters were more of her complaining about her self. She later than goes into her history, which is interesting. There were parts that she goes into some details that may not be appropriate for younger people, but over all an ok book.
I loved this book! Many of the other reviews were negative and I feel that I needed to add my review.
The book is not romantic. It is not fancy or contrived.
It is very simple and plain.
Judith Moore writes: "I hate myself. I have almost always hated myself. ... it is not for bad things I've done. ...I hate myself because I am not beautiful, I hate myself because I am fat." If you have ever hated yourself for a stupid reason, your heart will break a little as you read this book. Your heart will break for yourself, not for the author. The author is remorseful and understanding of the people in her life that hurt her. As I read, I wanted her to get angry, to stand up for herself, to punch someone out!!! lol But in the end she is kind to everyone but herself.
The book is a quick read. I didn't want to put it down. In the end, I didn't get the closure I was hoping for (and maybe the author still hopes for). Maybe I need to look to myself to find my own.
(FYI: Right before reading this, I read "Hunger" by Elise Blackwell. It was a nice contrast.)
I found this book to be a quick and easy read. The author truly had a love affair with food. The food ultimately replaces the needs that were not met by her caregivers and her lack of childhood friends.
I gave this book a chance and did end up finishing it but I just didn't think that it was well written. The story seemed to just be a description of several experiences in her life without any real reflection. At times it seemed to wander off when she started writing about different food choices. I think she meant well in discussing her experience but the flow of the book could have been improved.
Judith grew up to be a smart and accomplished writer and editor as well as a great lover of literature and words. Her childhood was forlorn, neglectful, and messy, and the way she ended up, as an adult, is very affirming, though she continued to have problems with food and in her relations with others.
I have to stand up for this book. I really liked the author, and after reading her book, I felt that I genuinely knew her - this author seems to have written what was in her mind as she discussed her life and her experiences. While she is reflective, she does not intellectualize, nor does she attempt to "persuade" or "uplift." I loved the book, and I loved the author's telling of her story, and I think I'd love to be in her company.