Saturday, 8 September 2012

Thin by Grace Bowman.

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I haven't done a book review for a while, probably cos I haven't read anything worth raving about. I keep buying books on my kindle for 20p in the 'bestsellers' and discovering exactly why they were only 20p. 

Over the summer holidays the hubby volunteered for a library, where you make a donation and you get to keep the books. He used to bring lots of boxes of books home to post through doors, to spread the word and make people award of this 'free library'. I of course, raided the boxes (leaving a donation!) and took what I wanted. Last week, just as the boxes were being emptied I came across a gem!

Thin - Grace Bowman

I don't think the nature of the book needs explaining, as you can clearly see, it is a 'memoir of anorexia and recovery'. I can't say I knew what to expect with this book, probably for it to give me a little insight into what it is like to suffer from anorexia and a light-hearted story. I was very wrong and very surprised.

I haven't finished this book yet, but I can tell you, it is without a doubt a must-read. Grace's story break all stereotypes and theories that people have about eating disorders. This book makes living with an eating disorder very 'real', it kind of hits you like a ton of bricks and suddenly you can't stop reading.

Grace doesn't dance around what an eating disorder is like, she doesn't make it seem glamorous or not as bad as people make it out. Grace tells it how it is, word for word, her experiences and the effect Anorexia had/has on her and her family/friends.

 This book reminds you that anyone can suffer from a mental illness, they don't have to fit into the stereotype of bad experience or difficult childhood and really opens your eyes to what it is like living with this awful illness. The thing I like most about this book, is Grace doesn't want anyone to feel sorry for her, and she doesn't spend the entire book blaming someone for 'triggering' her Anorexia. She just tells it how it is.

I am willing to admit, before reading this book, I was naive enough to believe Anorexia was all about starving yourself and the sufferers just didn't want to eat. But that is certainly not the case, and Grace highlights that food is literally all she thinks about and that she is hungry but can't physically bring herself to eat. This is by far one of the most informative and educating book I have read, this has actually been very beneficial to read before I start my course next week!

This is a fabulous book, please read it if you get a chance!

Katie xx


  1. I think that's an important issue. Thanks for the book review. I will read it as soon as I can:)



  2. This looks like an interesting read. I like books that are a little bit different. xx

  3. I've never read anything like this before but it sounds like it would be very interesting and worthwhile! xx


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