Wasted : A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia
Wasted A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia Author:Marya Hornbacher Why would a talented young girl go through the looking glass and step into a netherworld where up is down and food is greed, where death is honor and flesh is weak? Why enter into a love affair with hunger, drugs, sex, and death? Marya Hornbacher sustains both anorexia and bulimia through five lengthy hospitalizations, endless therapy, and the l... more »oss of family, friends, jobs, and ultimately, any sense of what it means to be "normal." By the time she is in college, Hornbacher is in the grip of a bout with anorexia so horrifying that it will forever put to rest the romance of wasting away. In this vivid, emotionally wrenching memoir, she re-created the experience and illuminated that tangle of personal, family, and cultural causes underlying eating disorders. Wasted is the story of one woman's travels to the darker side of reality, and her decision to find her way back--on her own terms.« less
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.
Kendra W. reviewed Wasted : A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia on
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.
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.