I just bought the book as I admire those who go on and write their story its brave to see the words in print and go back over their lives reliving it unedited We all edit the past far too much I had a touch of anorexia as a teenager but had kids and grew out of it as it might have taken hold God bless the long suffering parents and family who have to watch and suffer. This book was very thought provoking and definitely gives a very good insight to anorexia Would definitely recommend reading it No holds barred look at a life with anorexia If anyone out there thinks it s just about wanting to be a little bit thinner think again Taking the risk of reliving those destructive and negative thoughts must have been terrifying for the author Read this in a few hours and couldn t put it down. Very very good found it very interesting Seriously I m supposed to feel sympathy for this nasty spoiled self absorbed narcissistic brat She doesn t like being bullied so she goes home to bully her family She has repulsive personal habits, she has a repulsive mental life She spends all her time studying to compensate for a lack of real intelligence I m supposed to feel sympathy for this person who is passionate and enjoys aspects of her life I d never have been allowed to wallow in so much self pity. What a moving, emotional look into the life and mind of a girl struggling with mental illness and anorexia I couldn t put it down, a very fast read Anyone who has a mental disorder or lives with someone who struggles with one can find hope and inspiration from this story. In this painfully moving memoir, take a firsthand look at anorexia through the eyes of a young girl Even in kindergarten, Rachel Richards knows something isn t right By leading us through her distorted thoughts, she shines a light on the experience and mystery of mental illness As she grows up, unable to comprehend or communicate her inner trauma, Rachel lashes out, hurting herself, running away from home, and fighting her family Restricting food gives her the control she craves But after being hospitalized and force fed, Rachel only retreats further into herself With a driving perfectionism, she graduates college with honors But atpounds, Rachel is a shell of nervous and obsessive behaviors that have controlled her life Years of self harm and self loathing have fueled the inner battles between good and evil, health and sickness, and life and death Acting on stage offers her moments of freedom from the skewed perceptions she s constructed over the years But her dream of a career in theater is not enough to save her What is the secret that will finally unleash her will to recover If you, or someone you know, suffers from an eating disorder or is a concerned parent, is anxious about weight and dieting, has an addiction, or wants to learn about the mystery of how an eating disorder develops, and the multifaceted and complex road to recovery, this audiobook is a must listen This book is a story of one woman s experience with anorexia Beginning at age eight, Rachel finds that one thing she can control in her life is food I was shocked that she became an anorexic at such a young age Throughout this story of starvation, intervention, relapse, and attempted recovery, Rachel s story will pull at your heartstrings It doesn t pull punches or try to paint this disease in a rosy light Instead, the huge and ongoing struggle to control her weight, understand how she should act in any situation, and to be a successful actor in musical theatre is bluntly and honestly revealed This book really opened my eyes to why some people with anorexia don t eat, and how hard the struggle to overcome this problem is I highly recommend this book to anyone who may know someone who they are concerned about having anorexia, and I recommend it to parents, especially parents of girls who have a hard time fitting in at school and who might make the choice of controlling their food intake in order to have control over some area in their lives.This book will really open your eyes to the problem with anorexia Rachel s reason for being anorexic was not the current view of the perfect woman being extremely thin, but I believe that is one of the reasons why many girls and young women becoming anorexic I hope that if you have daughters who are overly concerned about their body size and weight, you will be able to get them help. As a once chubby kid who grew up being told one can never be too thin, this book helped me to better understand my own short bout with excessive dieting, and my continued desires for perfection Ms Richards bares her soul, detailing the not so pretty details of her long battle with anorexia, and her emotional and physical struggle to move her life away from the clutches of the disease Hungry for Life is the interesting tale of a troubled child s evolution to a resolved young woman, and is not just for those who have a curiosity or questions about anorexia Her story is compelling, bold and totally relatable to all The research section at the end of the book is also incredibly interesting Definitely a recommended read. Rachel s account of her years long struggle with anorexia nervosa is both horrifying and hopeful Told with searing honesty and brave insight, it dispels the myth of anorexia being the result of adolescent dieting gone too far, or a teenager s attempt to look like a supermodel Rachel is quite succinct in her explanations of what was going through her mind when her anorexia was developing, and her bid for control over a world that was perplexing and sometimes hostile towards her as she was growing up This book is important reading for anyone who has suffered from the disease, as it does not glorify it or attempt to romanticize it in any wayin fact, Rachel describes anorexia and her experience with it in mostly negative terms isolating, terrifying, and deadly Her climb out of the darkness was slow and painstakingbut I found myself rooting for her and feeling like I knew her I love autobiographies, and this one is excellent, especially if you or anyone you love suffers from this confounding and heartbreaking illness Thank you, Rachelsharing your story was brave and serves to shed much needed light on this misunderstood affliction.