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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Couldn’t put it down.

Hyde of self-image, takes some of the fun out of the sculpting: Dysfunctional families and failed relationships wreak havoc with the image shuye self. Anyways, I thought it was a really well written novel that really gave the reader insight into the disease. I don’t think many people realize that a person can have an anorexic brain without an anorexic body. She can control but she cannot care for, and here’s one of life’s little razor’s edges, one that the anorexic straddles: I did find it hard to put down as I was so intrigued by Josie’s life and how it was going to progress.

I think this was beautifully written, staying mainly within the character’s head and nowhere else. Please provide an email address.

Apr 29, Courtney rated it it was ok Recommends it for: I find it quite intense because of the protagonist’s thoughts. She’s still having issues, maybe she’s seen some light but not likely, she’s not okay with getting better. Nonetheless, “Life Size” remains a powerful and darkly funny journey into the scary depths of a soul who has lost the connection to the realities of her body, and thus her connection to the world.


One meal consists of a “corpse and a tree; a fluid secreted by bovine mammary glands. Very interesting jenefre hear her thoughts and catch glimpses of exactly why she is struggling with her xhute and ED. Nice because not a nice pat ending either.

It was like, she was talking to me all the time. Secondly, the main character was simply unlikeable. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

The anorexic thinks she’s found the perfect way to rein them all in and tell them who’s boss. Gobs of congealed grease. Memories of an overbearing mother, an ambiguous sexual relationship with her father, and an adolescent’s typically appalling first encounters with love and lust help to explain the cold detachment of the voice in the hospital bed, disembodied in every sense of the word. I read this over a couple of days. 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.

Sep 02, Gail rated it liked it. You have to work hard to like her but you can understand the way she is.

Day by day, in spite of herself, her strength and sanity begin to return. She remembers her adolescence and the genesis of her disease–she was a plump girl in a world that tolerated only slender women.

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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. Three and a half stars. I also really like that she wasn’t just completely cured at the end. Aug 21, Jennifer rated it it was ok. It describes a state in which one feels alienated from one’s self; body, mind and spirit all flail akimbo. Sep 25, Valerie rated it really liked it Recommended to Valerie by: Disturbing and blatant, but a very real account of the anorexic mind.


Life-Size by Jenefer Shute

I got goosebumps reading about her horrible parents and the callus, burned-out medical staff. Ive read this book quite a few times over the past 17 years. She has a distorted perception of what she looks like and although she accepts that she looks frail, jenefsr aspires to be even thinner. Through Thick and Thin: Plus I didn’t really see an end. I’m so glad I borrowed this from the lending library.


At times I wanted to holler at her because she was so stubborn. Preview — Life-Size by Jenefer Shute. Return to Book Page.

I like realistic more than ridiculous YA romance. You have to work hard to like her but you can understan Whilst I liked this book a lot, I didn’t love it. Terrific at showing the crux of developing anorexia: 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.

Life-Size by Jenefer Shute. I like how realistic this is. Interesting look at a young woman struggling with extreme anorexia. There was a problem adding your email address.