Kid Rex: The Inspiring True Account of a Life Salvaged from Despair, Anorexia and Dark Days in New York City

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Kid Rex is the story of one woman’s struggle to overcome anorexia. After knowing other friends with anorexia and being baffled by their behavior (often wondering, “Why doesn’t she just eat?!”) Moisin suddenly found herself prone to the same disease, not eating at all and going weeks at a time taking in nothing but water and the occasional black coffee. She learns how to deceive the therapists her worried family sends her to, giving them all of the symptoms of depression so they’ll misdiagnose her and let her ...
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Kid Rex: The Inspiring True Account of a Life Salvaged from Despair, Anorexia and Dark Days in New York City

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Kid Rex is the story of one woman’s struggle to overcome anorexia. After knowing other friends with anorexia and being baffled by their behavior (often wondering, “Why doesn’t she just eat?!”) Moisin suddenly found herself prone to the same disease, not eating at all and going weeks at a time taking in nothing but water and the occasional black coffee. She learns how to deceive the therapists her worried family sends her to, giving them all of the symptoms of depression so they’ll misdiagnose her and let her continue to be anorexic. When she recognizes that she has a serious problem, though, she finally owns up to a therapist working at her university. She tells him that she’s an anorexic who needs to go to some group meetings to work through her condition. He looks at her doubtfully and says, “No, I don’t think you’re an anorexic.” All that runs through her mind is that she must be fat. Shortly after this devastating therapy visit, the Twin Towers fall in the September 11th attacks, and Moisin watches it happen from her apartment window. Her ensuing depression quickens her already dangerous downward spiral. Kid Rex is a book about hope, and looking to oneself and to those around you to help get out from under the hold of such a dreadful and powerful disease. This book is written for people who are also suffering from anorexia to let them know they’re not alone, but Moisin never takes on a know-it-all tone. Books on anorexia that are currently available are either preachy, or more commonly, clinical accounts written by doctors, not people suffering from the disease. The book is also written for families and friends who find themselves unable to understand why their loved one won’t just eat. When Moisin goes to a clinic and they plop down a tray of food in front of her, even the most sceptical reader will gasp and realize what an unsympathetic thing they’ve done to her. Moisin actually puts the reader into the head of someone suffering from anorexia, in beautiful and moving prose. The result is a book that is truly unforgettable.
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"Harrowing and always candid, Moisin draws a clear map of her anorexic mind and heart. A book for survivors of anorexia, as well those who want to understand a completely misrepresented and misunderstood disease."  —Ibi Kaslik, author, Skinny

"A heartwrenching, honest and beautiful book written by someone who has been there and has lived to tell about it."  —Bookshipper

"An inspirational book for anyone else dealing with similar dangerous behaviours."  —Shelf Life

Bookshipper
A heartwrenching, honest and beautiful book written by someone who has been there and has lived to tell about it.
Shelf Life
An inspirational book for anyone else dealing with similar dangerous behaviors.
Library Journal

The subtitle says it all. As a young woman, Moisin was ravaged by anorexia made worse by depression and posttraumatic stress after she witnessed the destruction of the Twin Towers on 9/11. Her vivid depictions of those conditions are so compelling that readers will feel as though they, too, are experiencing trauma. Luckily, Moisin transcends darkness to discover the possibilities of life. Other survivors and sufferers will appreciate her story.
—LM

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550228380
  • Publisher: ECW Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Pages: 300
  • Age range: 15 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Laura Moisin was born in Bucharest, Romania, and has lived in Calgary, Toronto, Chicago, and Boston and is currently finishing her degree at New York University. She lives in New York.
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  • Posted April 27, 2010

    Laura Moisin Knows Her Stuff

    I have read my fair share of ED books, but Laura Moisin really knows how to write. It is incredibly rewarding to be able to find a book on an interesting topic, but also one that is well written.

    She wrote an incredible, can't-put-it-down book of her whirlwind with anorexia.

    Moisin has no fear in telling her story. She refuses to hold back any detail. She is okay with not looking glamorous in these events, which could not have been told any other way. Her strength in letting go and showing what happened behind the scenes is something to be commended.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2009

    Touching true story that will shock you.

    Once I started reading this book I didn't want to put it down. Laura goes into the depths of going from a model student to an empty shell. Battling an eating disorder myself, this true account really opening my eyes up to just how much worse the illness could be, and a measure of the pain and suffering one person can endure in such a short amount of time. I understood the mentality of what Laura suffered and I too suffered with her. Kid Rex is definitely a mind-opener for those who only believe Anorexia to be a way of getting attention.

    There is so much love between these pages - love from parents, siblings, and a boyfriend who stuck with her to the very end. Love you didn't even know existed between human beings. This is a story of courage, strength, identity and self worth. A must-read for young women.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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