Women's History Month
Wasted is the memoir of Marya Hornbacher who at a very young age became bulimic. Her memoir is very gritty and raw and it doesn't seem like she sugarcoats (no pun intended) anything. No one (including the author) can really determine what caused her to start throwing up her food one day and then eventually starving herself to somewhere around 60-something pounds and the Horbacher doesn't really make excuses.
Her anorexia and bulimia seemed to be some sort of control issue, but still what was she trying to control? It seemed like her life was pretty good compared to some, but I'm not going to say one type of person is more entitled to eating disorders than another. I just couldn't determine what actually was "wrong" with her life. The best I could determine was she was upset about going through puberty and developing a butt, boobs, and hips. It seemed to all spiral out of control from there.
I can't say the author was very likable (though she never tried to be) and I never felt sorry for her (though once again that never seemed to be the point of her memoir). It was hard to grasp that someone as intelligent and ambitious as the author put herself through all of this. I am giving Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia 3 out of 5 stars.