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Just for Today, Be Happy
Just for Today, Be Happy
by Mary Engelbreit
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Inspirational Journal, 17 Jun. 2005
Just for Today, Be Happy encourages us to live every day to the fullest. This writing journal provides a special place to record inspirational and blissful thoughts concerning life. With its deluxe linen-textured cover, ribbon marker, and lavish endsheets, this two-color hardcover journalwould meake a gorgeous gift for a friend, or yourself.


Little Moments
Little Moments
by Becky Kelly
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Boxed Notecards & Envelopes, 17 Jun. 2005
This review is from: Little Moments (Paperback)
This is a beautiful set of 12 notecards in 3 designs with envelopes. The inside of the notecards are blank, and the envelopes are beautifully decorated. The set comes in a sturdy box with a velcro-button fastening. This would make a gorgeous gift.


Goodbye, Paper Doll (Signet)
Goodbye, Paper Doll (Signet)
by Anne Snyder
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Predictable, But Still A Good Read, 21 May 2005
17 year old Rosemary is beautiful and smart, but she feels like an outsider. At school, in her family, she just doesn't seem to fit. Slim,. blonde Stacy is the most popular girl in school, and Rosemary envies her. Then she realises what she needs to do - lose weight. At 5'6 and 108 lbs, Rosemary is hardly fat, but she embarks on a diet anyway.
After a few weeks of dieting, and very little weight loss, Rosemary becomes stricter on herself. Ann Snyder portrays a realistic descent into anorexia nervosa - the illness creeps up on Rosemary. She goes through phases of bingeing and purging as her weight gradually drops down.
I enjoyed this story immensly, (despite the fairly predictable plot) up until the final few chapters when - inevitably - Rosemary ends up in hospital. She makes the decision to recover, and from that point on, the story feels rushed, and the author "glosses over" the thoughts and feelings that Rosemary has as she battles the illness.
Not everyone will be able to relate to the character of Rosemary. The story remains very focussed on her, and her thoughts and feelings, and her fears - of failure, of not being good enough, and of sex. There is no real resolution of this, and the book ends much like the film of "The Best Little Girl In The World" - the anorexic character making the decision to eat, and taking those first few difficult bites.
Overall, I liked this book. While it doesn't really give an insight into anorexia nervosa (or other eating disorders), it is an enjoyable read.


The Hunger Scream
The Hunger Scream
by Ivy Ruckman
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read, 21 May 2005
This review is from: The Hunger Scream (Hardcover)
Lily Jamison is head cheerleader, pretty and popular.
Lily Jamison thinks that she is fat and disgusting. Lily takes after her mother and decides to go on a diet, but things spiral out of control.
This book is very typical in that Lily is a white, middle-class teenager with a seemingly perfect life. It's well written, if rather cliched in it's plot. Lily's anorexia is a rebellion against puberty and her changing body.


A Dance of Sisters
A Dance of Sisters
by Tracey Porter
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book For Ballet Fans, 3 Mar. 2005
This review is from: A Dance of Sisters (Paperback)
The story centres around Delia, who dreams of being a ballerina. Dance is her life, and she is thrilled when she gets a special part in the ballet school's production of "The Nutcraker" - a role given only to the most gifted pupils.
However, when Delia falls out of favour with her teacher, she tries everything she can to change, including a diet that quickly spirals out of control.
Pearl, Delia's older sister, is also struggling after the death of their mother.
This is a book that fans of ballet will enjoy.


Good Enough to Eat
Good Enough to Eat
by Leslea Newman
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lesbianism and Bulimia, 3 Mar. 2005
This review is from: Good Enough to Eat (Paperback)
The main character in the book suffers from bulimia. She is also a lesbian, but in denial of this fact. The story deals with her struggle to find who she really is, and is quite a good book for people who may be in a similar position.


Fat Chance
Fat Chance
by Jacqueline Roy
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anorexia Isn't Just for Middle Class Caucasian Women, 3 Mar. 2005
This review is from: Fat Chance (Paperback)
There are very few books out there about black women with eating disorders, and this is one that I really enjoyed. Tessa, and overweight teenager, dreams of being thin, but every diet fails. That is, until she meets and befriends an asian girl with anorexia. Finally, Tessa has found a diet that works.
This book deals less with the ins and outs of anorexia, and more with the change it brings about in Tessa's personality and relationships.
It's a real shame that this book is so hard to get hold of as it's well worth reading.


ANA'S GIRLS: The Essential Guide to the Underground Eating Disorder Community Online
ANA'S GIRLS: The Essential Guide to the Underground Eating Disorder Community Online
by Eda Uca
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.95

37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Pro-Ana" In A Book, 2 Mar. 2005
I wasn't sure what to expect when I ordered this book. It states on the back cover that "This book does not promote eating disorders", yet the contents are basically what you'd find on any pro-eating disorder website. It is perhaps a useful book for those studying the nature of anorexia, or who want to find out more about the "underground community" but it is definitely not for anyone trying to recover from an eating disorder because some of the information is very triggering.
The book is neatly divided up into sections including posts from a pro-ana email group, a "dictionary" of code words and the "ana Creed". There are also some detailed surveys and stories from pro-ana's.


Thin Veils
Thin Veils
by Anne Hanson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.95

4.0 out of 5 stars A Different Perspective, 26 Feb. 2005
This review is from: Thin Veils (Paperback)
The book opens by telling us about the death of Kim. The story is told from the point of view of one of her best friends as she looks beack over the past few months, wondering how she could perhaps have saved Kim's life. Kim has died as a result of anorexia, and this book is quite different to a lot of other teenage books on this subject.


Sharing the Secret [DVD]
Sharing the Secret [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mare Winningham
Offered by TwoRedSevens
Price: £10.00

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic, 12 May 2003
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This review is from: Sharing the Secret [DVD] (DVD)
14 year old Beth is slim, talented, intelligent, popular - and bulimic. Her parents are divorced and her mother, a child psychologist, is too wrapped up in her work to notice Beth's problems. Her father, meanwhile, is too cusy with his new wife and child. Beth turns to her friends, but when they betray her confidence, she feels totally alone and begins to slip out of control. I don't want to reveal too much about what happens in the film, but it is one of the most realistic filma about eating disorders which I have seen. It is well acted, but could potantially trigger people who have eating problems.
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