Review - Wasted by Marya Hornbacher


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Marya said herself that she didnt enjoy writing this book. I'm not sure this is the kind of book anyone "enjoys" reading. It's a cold, hard dose of reality. I could safely say that anyone who has ( or possibly hasn't) had any kind of mental illness would feel the same. It's like looking in the mirror first thing in the morning. We know we won't like what we see, but we do it anyway.

Its an honest account of her struggles with her self worth. She sugar coats nothing and more than once talks about the pride she felt when people expressed concerns about her weight. 

I possibly didn't like this book because I saw alot of myself in Marya . Everyone has times that they'd rather stayed buried in the past along with the feelings that came with those times. I could relate to the feelings of perfectionism, the rules we make because that's just the way it is, the quitting without warning just because you can't be the best at everything you do

I had heard that this book was seen as the bible for alot of anorexics and I can see why. She explains in detail how she fooled doctors into thinking she weighed more than she did and how she dealt with the chronic hunger among other things.

I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who is, has or even might potentially suffer from an ED. If you are interested in the emotions behind eating disorders and the people who suffer from them then you'll find interest in this.


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