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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read., 21 Feb. 2004
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Unlike many other books of eating disorders that appear to glamourise them, this book clearly tells us there is NOTHING good about eating disorders. Although it has a tragic ending, it is still a very important book, that conveys the clear message that eating disorders kill. For those struggling with an eating disorder themselves or have a loved one who is, it illustrates well the daily torment that these people have to go through.
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4.0 out of 5 stars honest and painful account, 6 Feb. 2011
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Lucinda Stern (Bristol, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Slim to None: A Journey Through the Wasteland of Anorexia Treatment (Paperback)
This book is written by the father of Jennifer, though makes use of her diary entries. Like other people have said, this book has nothing possible to say about anorexia, and Jennifer dies, stunted in growth, with what her father calls a 'deaths head mask'. The story starts when Jenny is a vivacious girl, living the dream life with a pony, riding in competitions - that little girl so many of us longed to be. On the surface Jenny's anorexia starts as a diet, but soon becomes an ED. From the onset of the ED, until her death at 25 she spends only a few weeks out of care or hospital. In a way Jenny opts out of treatment, going into residential care, under Dr Steiner, where she will be treated as if she has a terminal illness. Indeed, in the latter part of the book both Jenny and her father seem to see her anorexia as terminal. Jenny's diaries provide an insight into a truly tortured world of violent self hatred. These entries banish any glamour associated with EDs, and are at times quite shocking.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars hmmmmmmm ..., 18 Jan. 2004
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Very powerful, certainly ... hard not to be moved by Jennifer's ultimate death. Yet appaling as it is to say it, I didn't overly warm to her father. I felt sorry for him ... almost as though he was writing to atone for something he wasn't even clear of.
Overall, though, a piercing antidote to the plethora of anorexia "recovery" stories. Eating disorders do kill, sadly ...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An honest account, 2 Oct. 2006
This review is from: Slim to None: A Journey Through the Wasteland of Anorexia Treatment (Paperback)
I have read quite a few Eating Disorder memoirs but this seemed to come off different to the others and somewhat more honest than the others mainly because of its diary entry format.

The diarys show how Jenny went from feeling strong and positive to suicidal and weak frequently and within one or a few days of each other. It shows her constant stuggle with herself, her mind, her feelings and her body more eloquently than most other ED books which tend to become somewhat selfindulgent - which is fair, it becomes a rather selfindulgent illness.

I tried to warm to the father throughout the book and by the end he just about had me. I did not like Dr Weintrub (sp?) from the start and most of the other doctors annoyed me just as much as they annoyed Jenny.

This book shows just how little is understood about Eating Disorders but I believe it is getting better as more and more people start to speak out about it. A very good book, if you have any experience with Eating Disorders or just an interest in finding out more I suggest giving this book a try
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely relevent and moving, 24 Aug. 2006
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This review is from: Slim to None: A Journey Through the Wasteland of Anorexia Treatment (Paperback)
A book for anyone who has suffered, is suffering or who knows someone with an Eating disorder. Unlike so many others that touch on very little of the true pain this is really really heavy, it deals with the issues of anorexia and bulimia in a candid honesty which is rare

For me this book was so relevent because I could identify with so much of how she felt. I think anyone who has suffered with an eating disorder would be able to. Particularly the dispair that was felt by her and her family at the lack of effective treatment and the lack of understanding, all of which is unfortunently still very much relevent today.

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder and jennifer was one of its many victims and it is heartbreaking
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