This is not an easy read, however it was so compelling, I read it in one go. While having some time off over Christmas.
Amanda captured so much family life and angst, mainly around the kitchen table. At the beginning this was there the heart of the family belonged. In this room, from where Freya worked, to dad laying his camera, life etc..around him as he prepared for the day ahead. The table represented so much more than a place to eat and socialise.
It then became the battle ground, the back drop to angst, despair, frustration and horror.
Anorexia is a disease that for many years mislead us to believe it was about just not wanting to eat, to be slim. It is unfortunately so much more than that. Amanda portrays this so well and it was heart wrenching to read a family being torn apart by this illness.
The characters in the story were so well written, however for various reasons I got frustrated with Freya, wanted to shake her and felt she could have done so much more in the beginning, however food is her life, it is where she makes her life/living from. So if she didn't know how to help make her daughter eat healthy and stay slim, then who else could?
A very balanced book on how we perceive ourselves, and how throw away comments on the look of us may tip the balance to our own body image.
4.5 star rating review Bookstormer