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Mixed reactions to this novel
on 19 February 2003
I empathised with Anna's horrifying experience with anorexia, and was saddened to read about the constant abuse she suffered from her grandmother. It was interesting to read about her constant hospitalisations and the up/hill pattern of her attempts to recover, that mirrors that of many sufferers (i myself am a recovered anorexic). However, i was left asking questions, and with many worries about the nature of how Anna recovered. The message was that Anna recovered because she got a boyfriend, and he supported her. In other words - to all those sufferers out there, just get a boyfriend and you will recover! I was astounded as to how quickly Anna appeared to recover once her partner was on the scene. It left me wondering that if he had not been on the scene, would Anna still be anorexic? I am left to think that she probably would.
Anna's recovery with so much focus on the role of her partner, sends out many wrong signals to the millions of people suffering from this deadly illness. If there's hope with a boyfriend, then you CAN get better! Anna seems to have gotten better for the sake of her partner, and nobody else. Recovery should be for the SELF and the self only.