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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Preview — Life-Size by Jenefer Shute. I mean, I finished the book, but somehow I find that there were so many open questions. In between meals that serve as the battleground between patient and staff, Josie drifts in and out of flashbacks and daydreams. Couldn’t put it down. You want her to ehute, to stop counting every calorie, to look at food in a different way, to get the help she needs.


The victim is also the perpetrator, who, in an effort to gain control over a life run amok, marshals the will to at least gain dominion over the increasingly narrow sphere of the body.

I couldn’t put it down. Sep 04, Jodi rated it it was ok Recommended to Jodi by: Lists with This Book. Apr 29, Courtney rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Lest you be concerned with my current reading choices these days —Sylvia Plath, Victor Frankl, that Ned Vizzini thing and now this—rest easy: Life-Size by Jenefer Shute.


She can control but she cannot care for, and here’s one of life’s little razor’s edges, one that the anorexic straddles: And it did; but without any sense of resolution.

A novel beautifully written from a point of view of an anorexic woman who suffers from eating disorder. She has a distorted perception of what she looks like and although she accepts that she looks frail, she aspires to be even thinner.

I do not like the fact that the author never got sjze the root of the problem. To view it, click here. To ask other readers questions about Life-Sizeplease sign up. Seizure Led to FloJo’s Death. Threatened with force-feeding and watched by a nurse, she nibbles at her food.

LIFE-SIZE by Jenefer Shute | Kirkus Reviews

Relapse is a real and serious thing with eating disorders. Interesting look at a young woman struggling with extreme anorexia. Its still good though Im finding not as good as I used to give it 5 stars. Shute, telling the story in Josie’s voice, limits her scope to the narrow, obsessive thoughts of an anorexic, so her portrait, while harrowing and absorbing, is more a fictional journal than a full-fledged novel.

No matter how smart or mature Josie might have been, her sentences felt inauthentic. The first-person protagonist is an unlikable person by any standards, but I found that my only feelings were a mixture of pity and empathy. Josie’s story was scary, real and not at all glamoured up. I felt very sorry for her. Firstly, the author jumped around without warning; causing the reader to have to back up and re-read the previous paragraph to make sure they didn’t miss something.


It scared me to death. Apr 08, Rachel rated it really liked it. Magazines and sound bites tell us what we should want to look like, what we should want to eat, what we should want to achieve and own. Filled with self-hatred for having a body that didn’t conform to the fashion magazines, she began to diet, making a religion of it until only the perfection of pure bone would do.

Josie is relentlessly mean-spirited, so alienated that you can hardly feel sorry for her in your haste to get away from her. You want her to have friends who can support her through this part of her life, to have a more supportive family.

Jul 22, Gina rated it it was amazing. The reader doesn’t hope for her recovery or, at a minimum, her improvement. Return to Book Page.

Ive read this book quite a few times over the past 17 years. His scores make his case. A great book on the torture of eating disorders.

I only take off a star because it is a little long.

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