I found this a very difficult book to read, but one I’m really pleased I read. It allows the reader to fully immerse themselves in Nancy’s world, one that’s entirely ruled by food. It follows her descent into anorexia, charting the highs that accompany weight-loss and starvation right through to in-patient treatment and the swing into bulimia.
I’ve read other memoirs which tackle eating disorders before, but I’ve never felt so immersed in someone else’s world, or that they were being so utterly truthful even when describing incredibly difficult times in their lives. I think this is why it’s so difficult to read; I almost felt like I was intruding on something incredibly personal. The author wrote the book not because she wanted to publish it, but because she wanted friends and family members to understand her ‘journey’. That comes through very strongly in the book – and hopefully it’ll lead to a better understanding of eating disorders in the general public.
A word of warning – if you have experience of eating disorders, this might not be a good read for you. I don’t, and even I felt myself being sucked into the mind-set of someone whose only goal is to be thin.
Review by Meg