During my college course, I carried out a research project on Anorexia. Whilst researching for this project, I decided to pick up a biography on the subject and see if this could give me any answers. I received a few recommendations to read 'Thin' so hoped this would help me out.
The book is the memoir of Grace Bowman, who began to suffer from Anorexia during her teen years. We follow her through most stages of her eating disorder and see how she copes in several different social situations. For example, whilst out with friends in a restaurant.
The book has quite a weird written style. Parts of it are written like a story, where other parts are written in a style similar to a research project.
I must say, I did find Thin very helpful towards my research project. A lot of the parts which were written in the form of a project themselves were very helpful and were photocopied into my work. Also, the fact that the author had suffered from the disorder made the facts seem a little more real, rather than if I was reading from a simple fact book.
Despite that fact that the book really helped me, I did find it extremely difficult to read and get absorbed into. I do believe this was due to the parts which were written like research or a playscript. However, I did stick it out right to the end and found the book very interesting.
I wouldn't recommend this as a personal read but definately recommend it for research purposes.
'Thin' is very different from what I was expecting. I have read a lot of different memoirs over the years dealing with differing aspects of people's lives and it's nice when you come along different ones along the way. This is one of them. It reads as a cross between research, autobiography and reference but with a young woman's emotion in there for good measure.
I think this was published in hard back just before turning 30, so what a milestone that would've been. There is only one criticism of the book that I have and that's at times you don't really get to see the harshness of the reality of society - I can imagine her friends being accepting of her but she never discusses how people responded to her for example on holiday in her swimsuit.
It is extremely well written and I was actually able to sit and read it in one sitting, I do confess to skipping the playscripts as I didn't like those bits which is why I have given it 4 stars instead of 5. As I haven't had any personal involvement with eating disorders I can't confirm how accurate it is, all I can say is I found it interesting and informative.