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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

In the book Stick Figure by Lori Gottlieb, it was great to see h

In the book Stick Figure by Lori Gottlieb, it was great to see how her family cared about her when she
struggled with anorexia. Lori wanted to fit by being the skinniest girl in the world. She decided to go on a
 diet and would not eat anything. Lori’s parents thought ...
In the book Stick Figure by Lori Gottlieb, it was great to see how her family cared about her when she
struggled with anorexia. Lori wanted to fit by being the skinniest girl in the world. She decided to go on a
 diet and would not eat anything. Lori’s parents thought there was something wrong with her. They
brought her to the doctor, and she only weighed less than fifty pounds. The doctor sent her to a
 psychiatrist; he told her if you don’t gain weight you will go to a hospital. She didn't gain weight so she
 stayed at a hospital for a couple days. She did not like staying there because the nurses that helped her
 would always be in there to watch her eat. She did not eat anything, so she would throw it away when
 they leave. I really enjoyed this book because it helped me out with my problems, and I thought it was
great how everybody was helping her out. I think teenage girls would love to read this book to understand
 what she went through and how to control yourself if you feel that way.

posted by Anonymous on May 28, 2013

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

'Reasons why I should kill myself:..No one makes you eat when yo

'Reasons why I should kill myself:..No one makes you eat when you're dead..it's the only way to get out of the hospital without weighing 60 lbs," Lori Gottlieb writes in her in her stunning memoir based off of diaries from  when she was a teen (SickFigure 189). The...
'Reasons why I should kill myself:..No one makes you eat when you're dead..it's the only way to get out of the hospital without weighing 60 lbs," Lori Gottlieb writes in her in her stunning memoir based off of diaries from  when she was a teen (SickFigure 189). The book Stick figure:A Diary of My Former Self by Lori Gottlieb is an elevn year old girl still learning how a young lady must act, and how quickly  a girl needs to become a woman. However, that soon turns around when she takes her parents words to an extreme and starts not talking or eating. She then becomes obsessed with the idea of being  extremely thin and in her opinion beautiful. As her obsession grows her parents take her to many doctors and tell Lori to eat and drink many different things, but she never listen. Instead she threatens self-harm and to run away. Finally, she sees her self for what she has become a self medicated stick figure. I recommend this book for parents of anorexic children and young teen girls. I enjoyed reading this book because it gives you a special look inside an anorexic's mind. With a sarcastic, yet admiring tone Lori gives readers a veiwpoint no other can, while teaching them to not give up because anyone can overcome something no matter how hard.

posted by Anonymous on May 23, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2013

    'Reasons why I should kill myself:..No one makes you eat when yo

    'Reasons why I should kill myself:..No one makes you eat when you're dead..it's the only way to get out of the hospital without weighing 60 lbs," Lori Gottlieb writes in her in her stunning memoir based off of diaries from  when she was a teen (SickFigure 189). The book Stick figure:A Diary of My Former Self by Lori Gottlieb is an elevn year old girl still learning how a young lady must act, and how quickly  a girl needs to become a woman. However, that soon turns around when she takes her parents words to an extreme and starts not talking or eating. She then becomes obsessed with the idea of being  extremely thin and in her opinion beautiful. As her obsession grows her parents take her to many doctors and tell Lori to eat and drink many different things, but she never listen. Instead she threatens self-harm and to run away. Finally, she sees her self for what she has become a self medicated stick figure. I recommend this book for parents of anorexic children and young teen girls. I enjoyed reading this book because it gives you a special look inside an anorexic's mind. With a sarcastic, yet admiring tone Lori gives readers a veiwpoint no other can, while teaching them to not give up because anyone can overcome something no matter how hard.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2014

    Stick Figure was an interesting book to read. Things I liked abo

    Stick Figure was an interesting book to read. Things I liked about this book is that it was realistic such as this really happened and can occurs in people’s life. The author had a good  tone and her writing made the story more page turning and suspenseful. However things I did not like about this book was that it dragged on and some time included things that were not necessarily important. This book was not my favorite but it made me want to keep reading and i would recommend this entertaining book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    In the novel Stick Figure by Lori Gottel goes through a very sev

    In the novel Stick Figure by Lori Gottel goes through a very severe case of anorexia at only the age of eleven. Throughout the book the
     author talks a lot about how she was very self-conscious about her appearance to the point where she ended up in a children’s
     hospital for not eating enough. While she was at the hospital, she was still too stubborn to eat and weighed less than 60 ponds.
     She didn't really realize how bad it was while she was doing it. This caused her to be upset with her parents, doctors and anyone who
     told her that she shouldn't be starving herself, especially at such a young age. 

    During the book I was actually upset at Lori for doing that to herself and thought that it was a very dumb decision and just the way she
     handled it made me just want to yell at her and show her what she was doing to herself. I recommend this book to mostly teenager’s
     boys or girls. Lori wrote this memoir to spread the word about how serious anorexia really is.  In Lori’s memoir she also supports the
     statement of anti-bullying and how bullying can cause many disorders such as anorexia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2006

    Confusing

    This book kinda confused and upset me. Like stated before, the authors way of just not eating for attention developing into an 'eating disorder' is very unrealistic and so is the way that she just wished herself better. The chances of others having similar situations to Lori are very slim and, to me at least, it seemed almost as if she never developed an ED, just ate healthy. Not recommended if you are just fishing for tips or to find out what it's like to have an ED.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2003

    Insightful memoir, easy read too...

    I was given this book as a Christmas gift during my freshman year at college, almost two years after being diagnosed with anorexia and going through a few failed treatment programs. I did not read it clear through until I was admitted into the hospital at 88 pounds at 5'6. It seemed only appropriate, that I should finish the book right then, which I did. I had a hard time relating to Lori's situation because she was about 8 years younger than me, and it was pretty shocking that she was so much younger than me but still going to such extreme lengths to achieve the weight she wanted. It was very saddening to see girls as young as Lori being affected so strongly by weight issues in the 70's, more my mother's time than my own. Nontheless, the book was easy to identify with and worth a read to people who have, or are affected in some other way by anorexia. Both my grandparents read the book after my release and commented that it provided them with a deeper understading of my condition.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2010

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