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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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview jnefer Life-Size by Jenefer Shute. Life-Size by Jenefer Shute. Both a cautionary tale and a call to arms for women whose lives are diminished by the tyranny of thinness, this jfnefer novel about a young woman’s anguished battle with anorexia is by turns crackling, acrid, and darkly comic.

Life-Size shoots straight for the heart of our country’s obsession with food and image.


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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. 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.

Jan 02, Natalee rated it really liked it Shelves: Whilst I liked this book a lot, I didn’t love it. I have very limited knowledge of anorexia and this book has opened my eyes and mind to the struggles faced by Josie.

Her mind is so focused on her body. She has a distorted perception of what she looks like and although she accepts that she looks frail, she aspires to be even thinner.

It leads her to out-of-control eating habits and eventually a hospital. Josie isn’t the most likeable person. You have to work hard to like her but you can understan Whilst I liked this book a lot, I didn’t love it.

You have to work hard to like her but you can understand the way she is. You want her to eat, to stop counting every calorie, to look at food in a different way, to get the help she needs. You want her to have friends who can support her through this part of her life, to have a more supportive family. You want her to get better.


I read this over a couple of days. I did find it hard to put down as I was so intrigued by Josie’s life and how it was going to progress. The descriptions of food were very interesting and her knowledge of calories for everything.

Her habits around food, how it all began. I’m not sure how accurately this work of fiction portrays a young woman with anorexia but it has made me think. Jul 28, Milo rated it it was amazing Shelves: A great book on the torture of eating disorders. I think this was beautifully written, staying mainly within the character’s head and nowhere else.

You can feel the creeping madness and altered perceptions. Terrific novel about a young women suffering with anorexia. Terrific at showing the crux of developing anorexia: Mar 29, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: Scary, angry, unapologetic tale of an anorexic near to death. Not what you expect, not what you think.

Sep 25, Valerie rated it really liked it Recommended to Valerie by: I read this book as a free galley when I worked at the bookstore. It scared me to death. Josie, the narrator is utterly unlikable, treats her family and hospital personnel terribly and talks about nothing but food. 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.

The writing, while at times sarcastically witty, sounded for the most part like an adult writing and failing to sound like a teen. No matter how smart or mature Josie might have been, her s Grade: No matter how smart or mature Josie might have been, her sentences felt inauthentic. Additionally, the chapters jumped from past to present without notice, which was confusing. I’m so glad I borrowed this from the lending library.

Apr 26, Gina rated it it was amazing. Shute’s very descriptive writing really caught the self-loathing and anger a person suffers with this disorder. Aug 21, Josephine rated it it was amazing. Disturbing and blatant, but a very real account of the anorexic mind.

Couldn’t put it down.

Written as if the author had first hand, real life experience with this disease. A very interesting read, not to mention, you will never look at food the same after her descriptions!

Apr 29, Courtney rated it it was jenfeer Recommends jdnefer for: This was one of the least interesting ones that I’ve come across. I kept waiting to hit the peak of excitement, but it never came. Nov 01, Vicky Ziliaskopoulou rated it liked it Shelves: Josie’s story was scary, real and not sizd all glamoured up.


Very interesting to hear her thoughts and catch glimpses of exactly why she is struggling with her emotions and ED. I felt very sorry for her.

Some parts are difficult to read emotionally and can be triggering but it is an honest approach to the subject. Ive read this book quite a few times over the past 17 years. Its still good though Im finding not as good as I used to give it 5 stars. This book was a rock for me as there are so many famous ED quotes in it.

Jan 26, Sophia rated it really liked it. May 20, Izarra Varela rated it really liked ljfe. Lest you be concerned with my liff reading choices these days —Sylvia Plath, Victor Frankl, that Ned Vizzini thing and now this—rest easy: I promise I haven’t lost my mind. 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 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.

The first-person protagonist is an unlikable person by any standards, but Sbute found that my only feelings were a mixture of pity and empathy. I got goosebumps reading about her horrible parents and the callus, burned-out medical staff. But mostly I felt a call to arms to Do Something: Jul 22, Wize rated it it was amazing.

Aug 31, Monisha rated it really liked it. You know, this one is actually really good. It’s a linear story, not completely at least. There’s also not a lot of dialogue It’s a very internal story. Which makes sense because she’s in treatment for an eating disorder. She’s going to be stuck in her xhute an awful lot.

I like how realistic this is. Or realistic in terms of what has caused our heroine to develop and eating disorder and realistic in terms of: I like realistic more than ridiculous YA romance. I also really like that she wasn’t just completely cured at the end. She’s still having issues, maybe she’s seen some light but not likely, she’s not okay with getting better.

Relapse is a real and serious thing with eating disorders. I only take off a star because it is a ehute long.