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Vibrant, talented, strong, and beautiful, Andrea Smeltzer seemed destined for a great future. But after a one-year struggle with bulimia, she died in her sleep at age 19, catapulting her mother Doris into a wrenching but ultimately rewarding journey of discovery. This unabashed account not only speaks about one family’s tragedy, but also critiques the social and personal attitudes toward our bodies and appearance that create victims like Andrea. Andrea's poetry and journal entries, combined with her mother's reflections, offer insight and understanding about a crushing disorder that afflicts far too many young people.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is a definite one to read so as to understand what an eating disorder truly is. An eating disorder is not about food but about abuse, and is unfortunately, 'shoved under the rug.' This book spells out the seriousness of an eating disorder and how deadly it is, how misunderstood it is. This is one book that every parent should read. It is quite an 'eye opener!' It is well written and to the point.
Andrea’s Voice: Silenced by Bulimia Andrea’s Voice, written by Doris Smeltzer is the story of Smeltzer’s daughter Andrea and her journey with Bulimia. The book goes through the thirteen month period when Andrea was a victim to bulimia and includes many journal entries and poems that Andrea herself wrote. At the age of 19 Andrea died, this book gives insight to what it was like for her mother Doris losing her daughter to this disease. I believe that Smeltzer deserves 4.5 out of 5 stars on this memoir. Through this book Smeltzer does and outstanding job of opening the world’s eyes to how deadly a disease all eating disorders are. I especially appreciated how throughout the back she would state what her previous thoughts were and then elaborate on what she learned through many of her studies after her daughter had passed. I also thoroughly enjoyed the addition of Andrea's own journal entries. I believe that this was able to tug on more emotional strings as a reader being able to experience all the emotions Andrea was keeping to herself. I have very little to critique about Smeltzer’s writing style, but I was slightly displeased with the large amount of footnotes that were included. By the end of the book 63 footnotes were added. Also as a reader it was frustrating to see how much denial both Andrea and Doris were in but not be able to do anything about it. However these denials made the book that much more real and relatable being that it was a memoir. I believe that the message from this book would be wildly successful if made into a movie. In today’s society many people are much more likely to watch a movie than read a book. The message from this book of how life threatening eating disorders can be is one that I think should be spread world-wide. Many people do not understand the severity of these mental diseases and Smeltzer is very effective at relaying that message to her readers.