"I will push the magic button [in the back of my thoat] that will summon the nurse..."
You Remind Me Of You is a poetry memior that follows Eireann through her struggle with anorexia as she comes to terms with her lover's attempted suicide. She uses beautiful prose to chronicle her years in and out of treatment facilities reflecting both the pain and the humor in her experiences as an anorexic.
SKINNY by Ibi Kaslik
"'Do you ever get hungry?' she asked. 'Too hungry to eat?'"
Skinny tells the story of a 22 year-old medical student Giselle and her sister Holly. Rather than focusing on Giselle's anorexia, the book switches between the points of view of both her and her sister, also revealing the history of their parents, love triangles, and the strange relationship between Holly and her father's ghost. It gives a very realistic and painfully gruesome portrayal of not only Giselle's disorder but the effects that it has on her family.
Massive by Julia Bell
"I must try harder, I write, not to eat... I poke myself with my finger, digging the nail into the skin until it leaves a crescent shape in my flesh. I hate you, I say to myself under my breath. I hate you."
Massive is told from the perspective of a British teenager, Carmen, who falls into her mother's disordered habits in attempt to finally please her. After years of watching her mother diet, struggle with bulimia, and make remarks at Carmen's pudgy figure, Carmen decides that following her mother's example is the only way to gain control in her life. It shows that eating disorders are not an "American fad" and that oftentimes the people we love the most are the ones to blame for our disorders.
Perfect by Natasha Friend
When Isabelle Lee's father dies, she turns to food. But in a world where appearances mean everything, comfort food turns into a binge-purge cycle that Isabelle can't escape. When her sister catches her throwing up, Isabelle's mother makes a "deal" with her that she has to go to group therapy, where Isabelle meets someone she'd never expect: the most popular girl in school, Ashley Barnum. Soon the two become friends, sharing tips and binging and purging together. The book focuses not only on bulimia, but the gruesome reality of a family in silent mourning.
Lovesick by Jake Coburn
"Erica stared down at the snow-flaked rings, wondering whether she wanted to eat one or two at a time. She split open the packages and carefully removed the Donettes. She didn't want to shake them out because they looked so fragile. If one of the Donettes broke, it would ruin her entire presentation."
Ted's drunk driving accident has essentially cost him his future, before he recieves the author of a lifetime. The rich father of a young bulimic named Erica wants Ted to keep an eye on her during their freshman year in college, in exchange for replacing Ted's lost scholarship. Ted agrees, but things take a complicated turn when he falls in love with Erica. Based on a true story, you'll never see an ED book with a plot like this.
Purge by Sarah Darer Littman
"Was there ever a period of time when I was able to love food unreservedly, without thinking of it as 'the enemy' the minute it was in my stomach?"
Purge is about a girl named Janie who is in treatment for bulimia. As the story behind her eating disorder unfolds, readers witness the culture of eating disorders, portrayed through rivalries between the "Barfers" and "Starvers" and unified sexism towards the newcomer, the only boy in treatment. Janie takes a sarcastic perspective on the subject of eating disorders and treatment as she finally comes to terms with her disorder.
"The worse part of trying to be perfect is all the people you leave behind along the way."
Finally, a novel that speaks for our culture. It tells the story of a young anorexic girl who can't connect with her more stable, well-behaved friends and seeks companionship in the Pro Ana community. Then, her world changes when a real-life fellow Ana sits down with her at her solitary lunch table. Told through her blog posts and text messages, it's an easy read and highly relatable.