Tuesday, April 20, 2010

What Mrs N's Been Reading - Stick Figure

Just finished Lori Gottlieb's Stick Figure. This book's been around a while, originally published in 2000, but I suspect it will be around for a good few years to come. It's based on the actual diaries of the author when she was 11 years old in 1978, and becoming severely anorexic. I found it somewhat disturbing, because I kept thinking as I was reading it, how little society has changed, despite some effort to stop young girls from obsessing about body image and looks. In fact, while I was reading this, I witnessed a teacher using some of the language that helped push the author toward anorexia, with a first-grader. Since the book is based on the author's diary, you are really inside her head, and hearing her process things that are said by the people around her. It's funny and heartbreaking, frequently at the same time. If you know anyone with an eating disorder, this may help you to see how that person may be processing things that other people say, which may appear to be innocuous, but may have serious consequences in that person's mind. Highly recommended!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

my friend is reading the same book and says that its great :D