A Very Hungry Girl [NOOK Book]

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A Very Hungry Girl chronicles the journey of Jessica Weiner, who spent most of her life hungering to be someone else. She was so desperate to be accepted and valued that she spiraled into an eating disorder, experiencing the attendant lack of self-esteem that rules-and almost ruined-her life. This compelling book relates Jessica's very personal story, and also captures her unique persona as she travels the country as a performer and motivational speaker listening to thousands of other people's stories. Through ...
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Overview

A Very Hungry Girl chronicles the journey of Jessica Weiner, who spent most of her life hungering to be someone else. She was so desperate to be accepted and valued that she spiraled into an eating disorder, experiencing the attendant lack of self-esteem that rules-and almost ruined-her life. This compelling book relates Jessica's very personal story, and also captures her unique persona as she travels the country as a performer and motivational speaker listening to thousands of other people's stories. Through her work, Jessica has become the voice of her generation and speaks with a relatable and realistic point of view. Jessica's work has received national attention by The Washington Post, CNN, MTV and Teen People Magazine.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Twenty-eight can be a bit young to write a successful memoir, and, in this case, the author, a performer and motivational speaker, would have done well to get more life experience before attempting it. Although her parents were very supportive of her, she was picked on by classmates who disrupted her elementary school years and eroded her self-esteem. By the time she was 12, Weiner had become dissatisfied with her body and quickly developed an eating disorder that led to a seesaw of starving, bingeing and getting sick. She attended a performing arts high school where she enjoyed acting, but spent her free time with girlfriends who binged together in order to maintain the ideal body Weiner felt society demanded of females. She describes her relationships with boyfriends in college, including one that turned briefly abusive. Therapy helped with the eating disorder, and Weiner began performing theatrical pieces that dealt with body image and violence toward women. In 1995, Weiner created the ACT Out national theater company, performing these pieces for several years at colleges across the country, and she details the feedback sessions held with troubled students after the show. Weiner's personal story comes from the heart and may help others with eating and self-esteem problems. Her writing, however, is often unfocused, and the many testimonials from students included throughout the narrative smack of self-promotion. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
In a work that is partly memoir and partly inspirational, actor and dramatist Weiner relates her struggles during her high school and college years to control her weight, gain self-esteem, and recover from eating disorders. During this time, Weiner, an acting student, was writing skits, plays, and performance art based on her own experiences and uncertainties. After college, she moved to Indianapolis, where she started the Youth and the Arts Program and the ACT OUT Ensemble, which uses social issues such as sex, violence, suicide, and alcohol and drug addiction as starting points for dialog and discussion. A performance artist and motivational speaker, Weiner has been called on to address young people in crisis, including high school students after the Columbine massacre. Through an engaging style, she tells poignant stories of her work and offers "take-away tools for change," e.g., "society is not some room down the hall" (stop blaming others and take responsibility), "change your words and you change your life" (shift the language you use every day), and "plant the seeds and watch them grow" (be patient, serve others). Recommended for self-help collections.-Lucille M. Boone, Martin Luther King Jr. Lib., San Jose, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401932077
  • Publisher: Hay House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 211,048
  • File size: 895 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2012

    Jessica Weiner toots her own horn...

    Hard to get through, felt like I was reading an infomercial, though self indulgent author is very impersonal.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2003

    A Very Hungry Girl: How I Filled up on Life...and How You Can, Too

    I finished it in one night. (and I NEVER do that) I bought 4 copies for my girlfriends and my mom. I think it is funny and heartfelt and right on the money. She speaks about my life and my struggles and I am so happy she is out there!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2003

    Self Serving rather than Self Help

    The author of this book seems more concerned with promoting herself as a motivational speaker than she does with helping young girls. I bet she wasn't even ever a victim of eating disorders but just made all of this up so that she could profit off of it and get on Oprah Winfrey.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2006

    Amazing!

    Fantastic! This book was the number one thing that pulled me out of depression. I can't say enough about her talent to convey and explore teenager's emotions! She came and talked at a local school also. It's not just about depression and eating disorders... she writes about dealing with the everyday life! Every teen and young adult should read this!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2003

    A Very Hungry Audience

    Jessica Weiner has written a book that will affect young and old with its straight talk and helpful hints for survival under difficult circumstances. She evidently had a difficult time growing up and has worked on self improvement and expresses herself with great clarity. I believe this would be a practical and educational gift for anyone interested in self help. Bravo, Jessica!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2003

    A Must Read for Young Women

    Weiner's book transcends popular discussion on self esteem and eating disorders. Her ability to develop tools that assist young women today with various expereinces is key. This is one of the first books to addres topics of our generation, it's hightlights the importance of the most recent focus on the motivated young women. In three words: informative, interesting, inspirational.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2003

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

    This book was given to me a as a gift and it certainly is! Thank you for writing down your truth. Thank you for being brave. It doesn't tell you answers - it shows you options. I wish you nothing but the best. You will no doubt change many lives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2003

    Thank you!

    Thank you Jessica. You have not only opened my eyes, you have given me a valuable tool to offer to others who I know can benefit from reading your gutsy book. Christmas shopping is going to be less of a chore this year.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2003

    Compelling and Inspirational

    The author wrote this book in such a way so that immediately I felt like she was my friend. I identified with everything she has gone through and found myself eager to share more of her life. Even better, what she revealed was both fascinating and inspirational, constantly prompting me to re-evaluate my own self-image and choices. I recommend this book to any woman under 40.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2003

    Deeply Felt and Bravely Expressed

    Jessica Weiner has written from the heart, but the book should hit teachers, counselors, and concerned parents between the eyes. You will never look at young people in quite the same way after reading this story of insight and the courage to live by it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2003

    Finally, a great book that relates to all ages and all emotional issues

    I loved this book! I was drawn in after 5 pages. I picked it up from the shelf and started reading. Well, I sat down in a chair and before I knew it an hour had passed and I was at the counter buying it. I felt like I could relate on all the levels of insecurity and not being what society demands we look like and all the struggles that go with body image. I saw Jessica Weiner on Good Morning America and thought she seemed wise beyond her years, so that is why I looked for the book in the first place. I have a niece that is 12 and I plan on sharing it with her, this might get her discussing issues that are on the forefront of all preteens and teens. I think this could help everyone from young to old. Plus I think today, the pressures on everyone today not just the young ones are crazy. Excepting yourself is the real basis of being able to except others and if we need anything in this world, it would be acceptance. Also, this is very well written, very relatable and when I finished the book I was smiling and felt like I had done something good for myself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2003

    A very interesting book for young people and their parents.

    Jessica Weiner's new book 'A Very Hungry Girl' is the culmination of her many insightful contacts with young people from junior high through college age. Although she is only 28, her professional life seems to have been one of continuous engagement with issues facing our children. She has dialogued with hundreds of thousands of people through her issue oriented acting company 'Act Out', and though the many high school and college speaking engagements she has undertaken over the last 10 years. She seems to have made a difference in the lives of many individuals burdened with the devils of eating disorders, drugs and body image issues. Her ability to relate to them is enhanced by having dealt with some of these issues herself. I highly recommend this book to parents who have young children and to share this book with them. When I first picked up this book I was not expecting much in writing capability. I was pleased to discover that her writing is clear and entertaining...not dull at all. It is a quick read for parents and an interesting one for teenagers all of whom are coming to grips with peer pressure, external advertising, and body image. Since reading the book, I have visited her interesting website at www.jessicaweiner.com. She is a charismatic person with an uncanny ability to be herself and to relate honestly to people - even in the fantasy land of LA. Check it out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2003

    A Very Hungry Girl: How I Filled up on Life...and How You Can, Too

    I found A Very Hungry Girl by Jessica Weiner a very easy and enjoyable read. The stories are truthful, inspiring and helpful. They opened my eyes to others feelings that seem so like my own. Often, as women, we feel all alone. Jessica Weiner's book helped me to share with others my thoughts and emotions. Rock on sister, we need each other and more people like you who tell it like it is with humor and directness. I have recommended this book to others and will continue to encourage as many women betwen the ages of 12 and 90 to read it.

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