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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 11 March 2006
I've read a few books on this subject but this one is different. Grace goes right back inside the mindset of anorexia to show you what it feels like in a way that no other book has managed to do. I think it might just help friends and relatives of sufferers to understand more. I think lots of people will identify with it even if they have never had an eating disorder. It's brilliantly written too.
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on 20 August 2010
A quick, easy read biographical account of the authors illness and life after recovery. You will feel for the author as she lets you into her private thoughts and struggles with body image.

I would like to have read more about the positives of recovery and methods used to maintain a healthy attitude to food and weight and a healthy relationship with her body but given the nature of the issues discussed, this isn't always reality so perhaps thats why its not included.

Overall, this is an inspirational story but not to be chosen over Marya Hornbachers Wasted.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2007
Thin is an amazing insight into an illness that is often kept hushed and never mentioned. Grace explains her battle with anorexia in such a way that you almost feel like you are living her obsession of food with her. I really struggled to put this book down and it is now currently doing the rounds at my work. Anyone that wants to know more about anorexia or has just had a passing interest in it should read this book as it will open your eyes to the myths and truths about something that otherwise is glossed over.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 23 May 2006
I've never written a review before but felt compelled to do so with this one. I thought this book was beautifully written but also struck a chord with me. I think it will for many women. It was powerful and moving.
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on 9 January 2012
I have read a few books on this subject to help me understand a dear friend who although has a lot of anorexic traits manages to keep her weight at a reasonable level. I found this book the most helpful yet, in that it made me realise how her mind works and how the "Voices" she hears influence her decisions in life. I will continue to read to enlighten myself and encourage my friend through the difficulties she encounters.
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on 10 February 2008
I'm in the process of reading this book, but I just wanted to add, for anyone who doesn't know, that this book is the same as 'A Shape Of My Own' (in hardcover). I always find that other peoples reviews help me to choose my books, and there are 12 other reviews on the hardcover version... I too shall write one when I am done, but so far I am halfway through and I'm loving it!
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on 30 December 2013
This is a painstakingly honest insight into the struggling mind of a person`s battle with this illness, and how self-destruct became self determination. The way the author introduces you to her inner thoughts is quite revealing and allows you to have a better understanding of how this illness grips the mind before the body. It is well written and honest.
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on 24 December 2013
I have many books that explore eating disorder and mental illness, and this one did not disappoint.
The story is very well written and you get a great connect with all characters.

i won't say anymore, but if you like these kinds of books, this is a great one to get.

I've re read it 3 times. Need I say more?
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 3 January 2007
I have never had an eating disorder, never suffered the mental whirring of calculating calories, self-castigation for consumption and the wrenching anxiety from having inadvertently `lost control' and digested fats. I have nether been voluntarily sick following a meal, trying to expel the poisons that I have polluted my body with. But thanks to this book I feel I understand the condition a lot better, and I would recommend the book to anyone who was interested in, concerned about or suffering from anorexia nervosa or any eating disorder.

I came to this book by a recommendation from a psychologist friend. I am writing a book about my own battle with various forms of anxiety, and when I described it she insisted I read this account. This review is intended to provide a review of the book as a standalone work, regardless of how useful it was for my own writing.

Bowman writes with a candid intimacy that is summed up in the opening line. "If I tell you a secret, do you promise to tell the whole world?" It is a very apt and poignant statement - those suffering from mental illness, in all its varying forms and in all their millions upon millions, tend to do so in a void. Afraid to tell anyone else, afraid to confide and completely unsure as to how to cope. Books like Bowman's not only cast light on the subject for the unaware, but are invaluable lifelines for those suffering. Unlike self-help books they don't aim to change or cure. They just give another point of view, a window into another sufferer's experience and the important realisation that you are far from alone.

Bowman's own problems began as a late teen. She was successful and happy, and should have easily coasted into university and on to a comfortable life. Both fortunately and unfortunately she didn't. Unfortunately for all the suffering she has been through and overcome. Fortunately for being able to write about it in a literary, yet accessible way.

The book is not a strict narrative account of the condition. She deviates into entertaining dramatic scripts of supposed encounters, where she reveals the `inner' voice of Grace, the anorexic voice that is urging her to ever greater feats of self-denial and control. She details some of the science and the thinking behind the condition, gives the consideration and intelligent focus that she, as a sufferer, would have subjected herself to.

This book is gritty and uncompromising, although not in the ruthlessly bleak way of a Million Little Pieces. It is alive with self-awareness, but not self-pity. And ultimately it is hopeful. Bowman's survival and subsequent success gives hope to all those who have suffered.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I picked up this book ready for one of those anorexia stories like The Best Little Girl in The World, where she gets flung into hospital and everything is really dramatic.

The first thing i noticed is the bizarre way of writing she used. She mainly wrote in third person about herself, as though she was telling a story about someone completely different.

Then i noticed she didnt have the average order for her chapters. Some would be numbered, some would be named. There were 3 different sections to the book aswell. So, overall, quite a confusing read. It was quite interesting, though i felt like i was sitting through a long build up that just never ended.

Basically, i didnt enjoy this book, but i think it depends on what you are expecting before you pick the book up.
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