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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 8 March 2010
If you want to gain an understanding of how Anorexia changes the thoughts and feelings of a young person, then this is the book to read. Mealtimes and Milestones is a beautifully written diary of true feelings and experiences, full of courage and determination to inspire anyone. Anorexia is such a cruel illness that is very difficult to understand and deal with. All we can do is learn from someone who has been through the illness and has seen the light. This book gives us hope. I would highly recommend it to parents, carers, young people and anyone who has been affected by life threatening Anorexia.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 April 2010
This book is an amazing, open & honest account of an anorexic. I found it so insightful, to get into the mind of the author & realise what happens in the brain of someone going through anorexia. It is a real education on what happens to anorexics in so many ways - physical, emotional, psychological; their pain & their joy. It is an amazing book, written from the heart during a very traumatic period but also there is so much hope in it. If I knew anyone with this awful illness I would definately buy this book for their parents/siblings to read, to give them an insight into the brain of an anorexic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 May 2010
I was struck by the honesty and openness expressed in this moving account of Constance's battle with anorexia. It seems to be a commonly misunderstood condition, and it certainly opened my eyes. Having two small daughters, I feel I have gained an insight that I hope is never required, but would at least give me some understanding on what to look for and how to support it. Well done Constance for not only having the courage to beat this illness but also for sharing it for the benefit of others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 July 2010
I found this book difficult at times, it is an honest and moving account of a teenager living with anorexia. Written as a diary from Constance's perspective it gives the reader insight into her thoughts and the control the illness had over her. I think she is extremely brave and generous to share her experiences with others and would recommend the book.
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on 24 July 2011
I read this book when it first came out and I have recommended to professionals ( like myself ) who work with children and adolescents, and also to young people suffering from eating disorders and their families. I found it immensely helpful to get inside the head of a young person with anorexia and understand how powerful and destructive the 'anorexic voice' can be. She describes so well how it talks to her and persuades her to stay unwell, in spite of what her family, friends and nurses are saying. Constance is so ill at the beginning of the book and so resistant to getting better, and yet gradually, painfully and slowly she overcomes the illness, she describes each stage so well, really making clear how very hard it is and also how important it is to be continually supported and remembered by her school friends, firmly and lovingly held emotionally by her family and her inpatient support workers.
The diaries are a great holder of hope for families and workers who are alongside their ill young people and an encouragement to keep going even when the patient themselves doesn't want to get better.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 1 June 2011
What an utterly inspiring book. It really is a must read for anyone, whether a sufferer, a parent, a carer, a professional or even those who are not affected by eating disorders. Constance's story is such a ray of hope and her book is so insightful to the realities of anorexia, but most importantly, how recovery is possible - and possible by all. A true inspiration. Her writing is movingly honest, and her candid openness is admirable. This is a fantastic book. I can't rate it highly enough.
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on 15 July 2010
Miss Barter, I have total respect for you after being enlightnend to your experiences! I belive that the personal insight into such a tragic experience is one which many people can learn from. With a fine balance of important information raising the awareness of eating disorders and such honesty from you personally, you are a young lady to be admired and one which people going thorugh the same experiences can look up to.

I would recommend this book toany category of reader but also stress its existnace to those who are friends of sufferers to gain a greater understandig of what they are going through.
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on 11 November 2010
I was expecting the book to be non understanding of Anorexia but it was the opposite, hearing Constances journey inspireed me it is a very good read. Its sad but also happy due to the courage she shows i would reccomend for anyone who has anorexia (like myself) or who has someone close who has this illness and wishes to gain a better understanding.
The only thing i was a bit dissapointed with was how small the book actually (only 167 pages long) but it is a very inspirational book and i would recomend it.
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on 6 May 2010
As a fellow anorexia sufferer, I could easily relate to how she felt and her emotions. She uses her diary written whilst in hospital as her story to show her feelings and activities of the day. This helps to show how she improved and the ups and downs of her expereince in hospital.
It ends with a positive ending as she gets better.
I would recommend this to anyone intesrested in anorexia, any sufferers or anyone close to a sufferer. Great book!
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on 12 July 2012
Writing from the heart, Constance Barter offers us a privileged and sustained set of insights into a world where every mealtime is a challenge. The sincerity of her account shines through each entry. I had the privilege of teaching Constance: this book offers some sense of her outstanding determination - and the challenges she had to overcome. Read it and be grateful and inspired!
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