Why would a talented young woman enter into a torrid affair with hunger, drugs, sex, and death? Through five lengthy hospital stays, endless therapy, and the loss of family, friends, jobs, and all sense of what it means to be "normal," Marya Hornbacher lovingly embraced her anorexia and bulimia -- until a particularly horrifying bout with the disease in college put the romance of wasting away to rest forever. A vivid, honest, and emotionally wrenching memoir, Wasted is the story of one woman's travels to reality's darker side -- and her decision to find her way back on her own terms.
This book is not a recovery story and the author states that from the very beginning, so anyone looking for a nice happy, tidy ending isn't going to get one. What struck me most about this book was the overall skill of the author, her insight and the utter bleak portayal of an eating disorder. As a sufferer myself, I found this book chilling, ensiteful, and truly gripping. This book is the truth, laid bare. Well worth a read.
Marya Horchbacher gives an incredibly intense personal account of her experience with living with anorexia and bulimia. Written with unflinching honesty, it vividly illustrates the relentless emotional and physical torment that eating disorders bring. She does not attempt to sugar coat details or provide clear cut answers and a happy ending, showing readers that an eating disorder is a struggle with no certain outcome. Wasted is a disturbing look at reality and an important read for anyone.
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