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#1 CrystalBlue13

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Posted 25 April 2020 - 06:51 AM

Hi everyone!
I'm looking for books about eating disorders, preferably about young adults or maybe teenagers 16+.
Which ones did you like?
I started the book wintergirls and I like it so far, so maybe anything similar?
Thanks in advance 💕
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#2 Ismene

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Posted 25 April 2020 - 07:31 AM

I loved Wintergirls! I would not, however, recommend Paperweight, I found it to be not so well written (or proofread lol). But I will definitely follow your thread to update my list! That is, for when the libraries reopen...


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Posted 25 April 2020 - 07:42 AM

I've liked The Best Little Girl in the World, Thin, Elena Vanishing: A Memoir, and The Golden Cage: The Enigma of Anorexia Nervosa. 

 

I honestly think a lot of them are pretty bad which is sad because I like them haha. 


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Posted 02 May 2020 - 10:17 AM

Not a book, but I read a play called Frames while searching for monologues. It was pretty good.
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Posted 04 May 2020 - 02:54 AM

wasted by marya hornbacher is my fav ed book that I've read.. it's the author's own story of her ed, going to boarding school, starting out bulimic and then switching to restrictive anorexia (which isnt super common i think?). lol it's really raw and no BS, it resonated with me a lot especially the way it conveys the sense of alienation from the outside world that i always get when i get more deeply immersed into my ed while also feeling weirdly on top of the world even when feeling pretty weak ,physically. it's one of the better written ed books imo. just a heads up tho, it does have some things that may be triggering for some ppl like she mentions her lowest weight and very occasionally she'll describe what she ate on a particular day or how many cals so if you don't want to see that at all then it's maybe not the best choice aha but personally i found it to be a pretty compelling,often relatable and straightforward, no sugarcoating book and i've read it like a dozen times haha :)


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Posted 04 May 2020 - 04:54 AM

Wasted. Hands down. Baby carrots and mustard are a staple for me since reading it ages ago lol
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Posted 11 May 2020 - 11:19 PM

100% agreed about Wasted. Marya Hornbacher is an amazing writer.


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Posted 30 May 2020 - 10:29 AM

As others have said: Wasted by Marya Horbacher. I read a really funny dark one called Oligarchy by Scarlett Thomas recently and loved it. Just started Elena Vanishing by Elena and Clare Dunkle. Anyone else like that one? It’s really relatable for me, anyway. Not finished but so far think it’s almost as good as Wasted.
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Posted 30 May 2020 - 10:31 AM

Not a book, but I read a play called Frames while searching for monologues. It was pretty good.


Who was the playwright if you remember please?

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Posted 03 June 2020 - 04:35 AM

A book I recently discovered is The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano. One of the main characters is anorexic and it's beautifully written but not as well-known book about ed-s. 


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Posted 04 June 2020 - 09:35 PM

Who was the playwright if you remember please?

This is late, but I believe her name was Louise Helfgot or something like that.
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Posted 09 June 2020 - 07:07 AM

Whitney Cummings book I'm fine! It isn't all about eating disorders but there is a chapter dedicated to her anorexia, it's really personal and emotional! The rest of the book is amazing too
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Posted 10 June 2020 - 06:47 AM

Wasted is my favorite. I even ordered a copy online from the US and i live in scandinavia, so took a while for it to arrive. I keep it well hidden and only allow myself to read it once a year so that it won't lose its magic.



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Posted 10 June 2020 - 10:47 AM

wasted by marya hornbacher is my fav ed book that I've read.. it's the author's own story of her ed, going to boarding school, starting out bulimic and then switching to restrictive anorexia (which isnt super common i think?). lol it's really raw and no BS, it resonated with me a lot especially the way it conveys the sense of alienation from the outside world that i always get when i get more deeply immersed into my ed while also feeling weirdly on top of the world even when feeling pretty weak ,physically. it's one of the better written ed books imo. just a heads up tho, it does have some things that may be triggering for some ppl like she mentions her lowest weight and very occasionally she'll describe what she ate on a particular day or how many cals so if you don't want to see that at all then it's maybe not the best choice aha but personally i found it to be a pretty compelling,often relatable and straightforward, no sugarcoating book and i've read it like a dozen times haha :)

 

 

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Posted 10 June 2020 - 10:51 AM

Literally went straight to buy this after seeing your comment!

aw, yay! hope you enjoy it <3


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Posted 10 June 2020 - 09:17 PM

Old but I like it: Second Star To The Right

 

and this other one I always forget the name of, called something like girl in the mirror, I asked on here ages ago, it was about a girl called Ana and you start of thinking she has BED because of how she talks about her self image, but then you realise she is anorexic through the book, I liked it back as a teen, and I really wanted to read it again after having an ED for like 15 years because I want to see how accurate it is. 


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Posted 10 June 2020 - 09:28 PM

I've read a lot, and most of them are forgettable. Can't even remember what I've read apart from Wintergirls (which I did not enjoy the prose of) and Portia de Rossi's book.

 

Wasted, however, is really well written and engaging. I only read it once. But damn, was that book triggering.


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Posted 18 June 2020 - 12:08 AM

Wasted, The Time in Between, Unbearable Lightness, Size Zero, Solitaire (in order of how much I liked them). I've read most ED books, and soo many of them are crap, but these really stand out, especially the first three. Unfortunately I hated Wintergirls and couldn't even get past the first few pages, the author's style of writing made me want to die.

 

How to Murder your Life by Cat Marnell is another one I highly recommend. Not technically an ED book but she does have bulimia and it's a great read. I find her super fascinating.


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Posted 25 June 2020 - 03:31 AM

aw, yay! hope you enjoy it <3

Loved it! Thanks for recommending.

Although I am now slightly addicted to carrots and mustard  :blink:


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