5.0 out of 5 stars
Moving and inspiring, 17 Mar. 2012
This is a great narrative of one person's experience of recovery. As a (female) sufferer, I usually struggle to read anorexia memoirs due to their often too-detailed focus on the more harrowing aspects of the illness; John's account, however, is well-balanced and focuses more on the experience of recovery, and what recovering from anorexia actually means - living.
It is very readable - I read it in one sitting (which is saying a lot, as I currently struggle to read at all, despite being an English Literature graduate!) - but also very eloquent and lucid, full of helpful and intelligent insight.
This book would be particularly good reading for the friends and families of anorexia sufferers, as well as those involved in treating them, for its window into what it is like to have anorexia in your life and how difficult it can be to recover and maintain this recovery. John's analogy of divorce for recovery is particulary striking, memorable and apt: that is, you separate from the illness, but, like a divorced spouse, it remains on the periphery of your life and sense of self.
A principal achievement of this book is also that it offers an important contribution to the eating disorder memoir genre, and literature on the subject more generally, by reminding us that anorexia is 'not just for girls'.
Overall, a moving, courageous and inspiring account which I'm sure will offer hope to many: I would, and will, recommend it to all anorexia sufferers (girls/women too).