Life-Size [Jenefer Shute] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Landing in the hospital after starving herself down to a mere sixty-seven pounds . The key to its success is that Jenefer Shute understands the importance of language in the strategies of the anorexic, and turns it to literary. Life-Size, a novel by Jenefer Shute: “Unforgettable” (Washington Post Book World); “A remarkable novel” (The New York Times Book Review).

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A story of a young woman in a ‘residential facility’ for her anorexia-I enjoyed it and it didn’t make me want to throw up or sizw myself afterwords. Three and a half stars.


No matter how smart or mature Josie might have been, her s Grade: Yes, she’s anorexic, but I don’t really care to hear about food and how she feels about it page after page after page. I like realistic more than ridiculous YA romance. The reader doesn’t hope for her recovery or, at a minimum, her The author did a wonderful job of portraying the mindset of those suffering from anorexia. Jan 26, Sophia rated it really liked it. Some parts are difficult to sizr emotionally and can be triggering but it lire an honest approach to the subject.

Interesting look at a young woman struggling with extreme anorexia. Terrific at showing the crux of developing anorexia: All the time leaps and that Many eating disorder books, or even books about mental health in general often lack depth, the true horrors, the awfulness and intensity, that I felt was portrayed well in this novel.

Nov 01, Vicky Ziliaskopoulou rated it liked it Shelves: Aug 21, Josephine rated it it was amazing. Sep 04, Jodi rated it it was ok Recommended to Jodi by: It began well, then lire sank too far to be saved. As a social work student with a squeemishness towards eating disorders, by boss at my internship reccommended that I read it as a form of “exposure therapy”. Shute’s very descriptive writing really caught the self-loathing and anger a person suffers with this disorder. Gobs of congealed grease.


On a side note, I wondered if today When this novel was published in it was probably sensational. Scary, sizf, unapologetic tale of an anorexic near to death. I couldn’t put it down.

No matter how smart or mature Josie might have been, her sentences felt inauthentic. Want to Jeefer Currently Reading Read. This book was a rock for me as there are so many famous ED quotes in it.

LIFE-SIZE by Jenefer Shute | Kirkus Reviews

In between meals that serve as the battleground between patient and staff, Josie drifts in and out of flashbacks and daydreams. Then I couldn’t eat for several days, read this book about anorexia on the plane ride lifd, and alienated my seat neighbor by making embarrassing heaving noises while trying not to cry. Whilst I liked this book a lot, I didn’t love it. Terrific novel about a young women suffering with anorexia.

But mostly I felt a call lief arms to Do Something: I would hope not. I keep picturing people I’ve known in the past—college friends, coworkers, family members—who suffered, and are probably still suffering, from this terrible disease. It wasn’t bad but sometimes it was a bit confusing.

Copyright Los Angeles Times. Mass Market Paperbackpages. Josie isn’t the most likeable person. Secondly, the main character was simply unlikeable. Books by Jenefer Shute.

Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Josie, the narrator is utterly unlikable, treats her family and hospital personnel terribly and talks about nothing but food. Return to Book Page. No one ever said you had to like the main character in a novel, but it sure helps, especially if you’re trapped in a hospital room for several weeks with her, and the food is bad.


She can control but she cannot care for, and here’s one of life’s little razor’s edges, one that the anorexic straddles: The anorexic thinks she’s found the perfect way to rein them all in and tell them who’s boss. She remembers her adolescence and the genesis of her disease–she was a plump girl in a world that tolerated only slender women.

Aug 31, Monisha rated it really liked it. Full of descriptions of food that are more reminiscent of “The Cook, The Thief, The Wife and Her Lover” than of “Babette’s Feast,” the worst excretions of both food and sex are graphically juxtaposed in “Life-Size,” leaving the reader with no appetite for either pursuit.

I only take off a star because it is a little long. I think this was beautifully written, staying mainly within the character’s head and nowhere else. I’m siz glad I ejnefer this from the lending library.