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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: HCI Teens (1 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558748180
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558748187
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 890,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ashen on 25 Jan. 2008
Format: Paperback
I absolutely love this book... I don't own it, but I will be buying it just so that I can read it again! I really couldn't put it down and read it very quickly.

This book is about four teens, Jess who is severely anorexic and eats *nothing* solid at all, Phoebe who is a compulsive overeater and then there's Samantha who is also anorexic, but eats a little and Hannah who is bulimic.

It follows their very realistic stories and lives as they try to deal with adolecense and their eating disorders. It incorporates their school and home lives into the storyline exceptionally well. For example, Phoebe's strained relationship with her photogropher father, who finds it difficult to show his daughter love and is always berating her because of her weight. And Hannah who lost her mother to anorexia and now suffers from bulimia herself. She's also obsessed with death and always thinks she's dying. The book also deals with the issue of self harming.

This book flows brilliantly, but at times the pace is somewhat confusing, as it goes back and fourth between the teens, until they meet at a therapy group, known as 'Tuesday Group'. Until that point in the book, I sometimes found it hard to remember which teen had which disorder and found myself writing notes, lol.

The ending had me begging for more and I hated how abrupt it was, for this I would have given it one star less, until I found out that there IS in fact a sequel (hallelujah!), called 'Ravenous' (which is on it's way to me, in the post as I type, lol and I can't wait for it to arrive!), which apparently continues with Tuesday Group and the lives of the girls.
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I was a bit dubious about this book at first, as the synopsis suggests that it will attempt to cover all types of eating disorders in one book. Although this is slightly true, it does so in a realistic way. It isn't irritating like other books that do a similar thing (eg. Running On Empty)

It is easy to read and the characters are likeable. If you enjoy it you will definitely enjoy the sequel - Ravenous.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 May 2001
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I read this book in less than a week - it was so good! The stories are suprisingly true to life and keep you turning the pages. If there is one book you are going to buy then it should be this one. Eve Eliot is an amazing writer and it shows in this book. "Insatiable" is definately the best book I have read all year. Thumbs up!!
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By Me Lacolley Esau D on 4 Jan. 2012
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Even though this is a typical 'teenage book' I loved the story line and that all of them were so real. A good read and very insightful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Realistic view of eating disorders 22 Oct. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm glad this book was written. I couldn't put it down, and it was really moving. It's obvious that someone who really understands eating disorders wrote this. My only complaint is that it could have been written better. The scenes are choppy, jumping from scene to scene - character to character - every 2-3 pages or so. The writing style just seemed kind of plain and boring to me too. And even though the accounts of the eating disorders seemed so very real, the characters didn't come to life at all. Still, I would recomend this book to anybody who has an eating disorder or even is just unhappy with their weight. I wish I'd had this book to read when I was 12.
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insatiable: this customer is still unsated. 24 Aug. 2008
By Ellua - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The title of "Insatiable" drew me in immediately, but the painfully crude and rudimentary writing forced me to stop reading it less than halfway through.

As as recovering anorexic/bulimic of almost 10 years, I usually devour books on the subject- but "insatiable" is just too unrefined to stomach (eh, no pun intended). The first chapter alone left me feeling as though someone just came and robbed me of 20 IQ points. I tried to give it a chance and read through a few more, but it just didn't hold my interest in any way- I was distracted by the terrible writing the entire time.

Save your money and buy something else. ANYTHING else. This was the worst book that I've ever read.
Insatiable 29 July 2004
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Anorexia, bulimia, constant overeating --- INSATIABLE covers the ABCs of eating disorders. Through four teens, Eve Eliot shows real teens the trials and tribulations of these diseases.

First there's Samantha who starves herself to be in control. Her boyfriend Brian has dumped her, and according to her, it was because she was too fat. She vacuums her room up to five times daily, getting rid of the piles of dust that accumulate between cleanings. Is there anything wrong with this? Apparently Samantha doesn't yet realize there is.

Next comes Hannah. The death of her mother causes her to turn to bingeing and purging, which she knows is wrong, but she can't help herself. Often confused about friendships, Hannah decides that it is time to make a change in her life and chooses to "come out of the closet." She now feels even more alone in her plight, alienated from family and friends, and must deal with her teenage troubles alone. How will she fare in the vicious teenage world?

Then there's Jessica. She lives for fashion, always paying attention to the latest styles. She is a normal teen --- except for her starvation problem. Diet Coke and coffee are all she allows herself. She doesn't attend English class after a while, because it's on the second floor, and she isn't strong enough to walk up the stairs. One of Jessica's biggest fears is becoming overweight, like her best friend Phoebe, even as she finds comfort in her friend's obesity.

Phoebe finds comfort in food. She promises herself to diet, but it never happens. She often sneaks down to the kitchen to "have a little snack," but that turns into a three course meal. Her father repeatedly tells her to lose weight, but her fight against food is never ending.

These four teens are engaged in a constant struggle against the one thing that every human needs to live --- food. Will they win or lose? INSATIABLE exposes the dangers involved with eating disorders. Within the stories, Eliot adds important facts that teens need to know about anorexia and bulimia, making the novel both informative and interesting. Pick up this novel to learn more about the world of eating disorders, and how four teenagers fared with their own personal battles.

--- Reviewed by Lisa Marx
Worth Reading. 30 Jan. 2008
By Jules Y - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I read this book back in high school (not too long ago) and enjoyed it. I read it two or three times. Having struggled with eating disorders, I could relate to different instances that the characters portrayed, although the author makes certain instances more dramatic then they might be in reality. The book, however, is not overly dramatic, and gives insight about what may go on in the minds of those who struggle with food issues, from different angles. Insatiable includes the story of four fictional characters, all who deal with life by either over-eating, hardly eating, or binging/purging. This book is a good one for a person struggling with an eating disorder. I didn't feel it was as "triggering" as many other books out there. When you are caught up in an eating disorder, your emotions regarding food and weight are very strong and very real, which makes this book relatable and insightful. I remember sitting in my bedroom in tears from something that happens to the character Jessica, because I could relate so much to it, and it opened my eyes--hit me with reality. Also, one of the characters who I couldn't relate to as much decides to go to therapy, and though I didn't have the same story, it inspired me to think about getting help. I didn't act on it for years and still struggle after multiple treatments, but treating eating disorders are about small steps, and books like this are small steps that get a person to think just a little bit deeper about what they are doing to themselves, as well as their family and friends.
Good Read! 9 Nov. 2004
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Brittany W. Miller Place, NY.

Insatiable by Eve Eliot was a good book, and makes you want to keep reading because its a story about real girls dealing with serious issues.

One reason that I liked this book was because it was about 4 girls dealing with eating disorders, and since I went through that I could understand where they were coming from. For example:Phoebe goes to see a Psychologist because she cant stop binge eating and her anorexic friend Jess thinks shes grossy obese.

Another reason I liked this book was because it showed how serious the eating disorders are, and how the girls actually start to believe food is bad for them. For example: Sam, couldn't eat anything other than lettuce or apples because she believed all other food was so disgusting and bad for her. Seeing other types of food would actually make her sick.

One reason I didn't like this book was because it jumped around between the girls lives so you had to keep track about who they were talking about. They would start talking about Jess' problems right in the middle of Sam having a break down.

I read this book in about 3 days, and while I was reading it, I couldn't stop because I wanted to find out what would happen to the girls next, and how sick they would get. I wanted to see how they're lives end up. This book kept me hooked, and it will keeped you hooked too.
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