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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Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. I shuge, however, wish the book went on a little further than where it ended. At times I wanted to holler at her because she was so stubborn.

The victim is also the perpetrator, who, in an effort to gain control over a life run amok, marshals the will to at least shuhe dominion over the increasingly narrow sphere of the body. Her mind is so focused on her body. Day by day, in spite of herself, her strength and sanity begin to return.

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I think this was beautifully written, staying mainly within the character’s head and nowhere else. No matter how smart or mature Josie might have been, her s Grade: It leads her to out-of-control eating habits and eventually a hospital.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. While reading the book, I remember a friend of mine from my high school way backwho I suspiciously think is on the same boat as her. Life-Size by Jenefer Shute. The writing, while at times sarcastically witty, sounded for the most part like an adult writing and failing to sound like a teen. Some parts are difficult to read emotionally and can be triggering but it is an honest approach to the subject.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. I did find it hard to put down as I was so intrigued by Josie’s life and how it was going to progress. Gobs of congealed grease. Then I couldn’t eat for several days, read this book about anorexia on the plane ride home, and alienated my seat neighbor by making embarrassing heaving noises while trying not to cry. Jun 04, Kyra rated it really liked it.

Return to Book Page. The memories don’t cohere into anything more than self-hatred.

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She has a distorted perception of what she looks lifd and although she accepts that she looks frail, she aspires to be even thinner. She is unapologetic, and strives to starve herself until almost the final pages of the novel this detail will not spoil the book for you, I promise.

Josie’s story was scary, real and not at all glamoured up. Jun 21, J. Anorexia is the perfect crime. Apr 08, Rachel rated it really liked it. When this novel was published in it was probably sensational.


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Mar 29, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: Couldn’t put it down. It was like, she was talking to me all the time. It’s a linear story, not completely at least. Scary, angry, unapologetic tale of an anorexic near to death. I felt very sorry for her.


You get the feeling that once she’s back out in the primordial soup, studying economics’ most elegant and parsimonious theories, she’ll undo everything you’ve lived through with her. Then I couldn’t eat for several days, read this book about anorexia on the plane ride home, and alienated my seat neighbor by making embar a pretty intense, heartrending novel from the p.

It’s tough to read a book about eating disorders—even evocative, well-written books like this—from the comforts of my own healthy body image. I got goosebumps reading about her horrible parents and the callus, burned-out medical staff.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I read this book as a free galley when I worked at the bookstore. The French have an expression: Refresh and try again.