Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self

Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self

by Lori Gottlieb


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Lori Gottlieb—psychotherapist, national advice columnist, and New York Times bestselling author of Maybe You Should Talk To Someone—shares her “gripping” (The Boston Globe) chronicle of adolescent anorexia that “stands out as a fresh, edgy take...on that perilous time in a girl’s life when she’s no longer a child but not quite an adult (Entertainment Weekly).

For a girl growing up in Beverly Hills in 1978, the motto “You can never be too rich or too thin” is writ large. Precocious Lori learns her lessons well, so when she’s told that “real women don’t eat dessert” and “no one could ever like a girl who has thunder thighs,” she decides to become a paragon of dieting. Soon Lori has become the “stick figure” she’s longed to resemble. But then what? Stick Figure takes the reader on a gripping journey, as Lori struggles to reclaim both her body and her spirit.

By turns painful and wry, Lori’s efforts to reconcile the conflicting messages society sends women ring as true today as when she first recorded these impressions. “One diet book says that if you drink three full glasses of water one hour before every meal to fill yourself up, you’ll lose a pound a day. Another book says that once you start losing weight, everyone will ask, ‘How did you do it?’ but you shouldn’t tell them because it’s ‘your little secret.’ Then right above that part it says, ‘New York Times bestseller.’ Some secret.”

Based on the author’s childhood journals, Stick Figure is “a smart, funny, compassionate” (Entertainment Weekly) tale that delivers an engrossing glimpse into the mind of a girl in transition to adulthood and a powerful cautionary tale about the dangers of living up to society’s expectations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439148907
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 11/17/2009
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 366,030
Product dimensions: 5.48(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.55(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author who writes The Atlantic's weekly “Dear Therapist” advice column. A contributing editor at The Atlantic, she also writes regularly for The New York Times, and has appeared on the TODAY show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, CNN, and NPR. Learn more at or by following her @LoriGottlieb1 on Twitter.

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Shrink Me

Today was my first appointment with Dr. Gold, and of course Mom was more nervous about my appointment than me. She went through my closet before school and started picking out different outfits that looked cute, like we were deciding what I should wear to a boy-girl party. She even made me change sweaters three times, and I ended up wearing an itchy mohair one. "I can't believe you're dressing me up for the shrink!" I said, but Mom told me I wasn't dressed up. Then the second I met Julie on the corner to walk to school, she asked what I was all dressed up for. I said I wasn't all dressed up, but Julie said I normally don't wear mohair sweaters and lip gloss unless I like someone. She kept bugging me the whole way because she thought I wouldn't tell her who I liked.

I finally got rid of Julie at school, but then I was walking over to my usual trash can to throw out my lunch when Jason Meyer cornered me in the hallway. Jason always tries to hang out with the popular boys, but believe me, they hate his guts because he makes stupid jokes all the time. Anyway, since I haven't been talking to Leslie or anyone since they made a big deal about the Presidential Physical Fitness Award, I didn't even know about the school carnival this Friday. So when Jason asked me to go with him, I was pretty surprised. I mean, I wasn't planning on going in the first place, but even if I was, I'd never go with Jason, even if I'm not popular anymore.

The problem is, I wanted to be nice about it because everyone else is so mean to Jason, but I also didn't want Leslie or Lana to see me in the hall with him. So I told Jason it had nothing to do with him personally, it's just that I didn't want to go to the carnival. It was a big lie, of course, because if Chris asked me, I'd probably go with him, but I figured Jason would fall for it because he's so dense. But he's so dense that he wouldn't leave me alone about going with him, even though I only made up the lie in the first place so I wouldn't hurt his feelings. Then the bell rang and I had to run all the way to homeroom so Mr. Miller wouldn't give me a tardy. The worst part was, I never got a chance to dump my lunch. That meant I had to smell food in my desk until recess, which made me kind of hungry.

When it was finally time for my appointment after school, the mohair sweater Mom made me wear was itching like mad. Mom decided to drive me there because she said she didn't want Dr. Gold to think I was an orphan. She sure seemed to be worrying a lot about what Dr. Gold might think of her, even though I was the one who was supposed to be crazy. Dr. Gold didn't have any Redbook magazines in his waiting room, though, so Mom decided to prepare me for my appointment while we waited. "Try to remember what he says when he explains why you're doing this to us," she said. "Don't forget to tell him that we can't take much more of this, and that we just don't know what to do with you anymore."

Finally Dr. Gold came out and shook Mom's hand, and told me to go inside. Mom smiled and started to say how concerned she was about me, but right when Dr. Gold was about to close the door, she started crying. I told Dr. Gold that maybe Mom should take the appointment instead of me, but Dr. Gold just said it was my session and he didn't want to take up my time. Then he talked to Mom until she calmed down and left. I wish he'd show me how to do that sometime. I figured Dr. Katz was right about Dr. Gold being so great, but when Dr. Gold came in and sat down on his big leather chair, I knew he couldn't help me. You should see him. He's almost as fat as Dr. Katz.

"Why don't you tell me a little bit about what's been going on recently," Dr. Gold said in a really quiet voice. I figured Dr. Katz forgot to tell me that you're supposed to whisper at the shrink, so I whispered to Dr. Gold that I knew Dr. Katz already told him about me, and it was stupid for me to repeat everything. But Dr. Gold whispered that he wanted to hear in my own words what's been going on, and I have to admit, I kind of liked him for asking. No one cares what I think anymore. Then I whispered to Dr. Gold that the only thing going on is that everyone's making a big deal because I'm on a diet, and that I don't understand why I have to see a psychiatrist when everyone who's popular at school is on a diet, too.

That made Dr. Gold nod at me for a long time. I didn't know why he bothered asking me a question if he wasn't planning on talking anymore. He was really boring me, so I looked down at my thighs and tried to multiply eight sets of leg-lifts per leg, times 40 calories, times seven days, and divide that by 3500 calories, which equals a pound, all in my head. I was right in the middle of multiplying when Dr. Gold asked if I thought the girls at school who diet are overweight. It was such a stupid question that I forgot to whisper when I answered. "Of course they aren't overweight, didn't I already say they were popular?" I mean, duh. But Dr. Gold just nodded again, then he wanted to know if I thought I was overweight. I pointed at my uncrossed thighs so he could see for himself, and he nodded like crazy. Finally, someone understands.

After that, Dr. Gold got out some paper and a pencil and asked me to draw pictures of my friends and me. I told him I'm bad at art, but he just held out the pencil and smiled. I was starting to think that maybe something was wrong with Dr. Gold -- you know, nodding and smiling all the time for no reason. He kind of scared me, so I figured I should draw what he wanted. I took the pencil and drew Leslie, Lana, Tracy, and me. Except I'm the one with the thunder thighs in the picture, not Tracy. Then I gave the drawing back to Dr. Gold.

Dr. Gold looked at the drawing and nodded some more, then he gave me more paper and asked me to draw my "ideal" of what I want to look like. He was still whispering the whole time. I almost complained, but when I saw Dr. Gold smiling at me again, I decided to do what he asked. He was really giving me the creeps.

So I picked up the pencil and drew a girl I want to look like. She was tall and skinny, but she had my face and hair. When Dr. Gold took the drawing back, he didn't nod. "This is a stick figure," he said, like I didn't understand the assignment the first time. "Try to draw a realistic picture of how you'd like to look. Don't worry if you aren't very good at art." He must have thought I was terrible at art. I tried explaining how that was exactly the way I want to look, but Dr. Gold said I wouldn't be alive if I looked like that drawing. "Well if you don't like it, then stop asking me to draw pictures of what I want to look like," I said, then I told him to forget the whole thing. What an idiot.

But Dr. Gold didn't seem like he was forgetting the whole thing, because he kept looking at my drawings and nodding to himself. Finally he asked about my family. "Tell me about what's been going on during dinnertime in your house," he said. I was wondering how much time was left before I could go home and exercise, but I didn't want Dr. Gold to tell Dr. Katz that I'm crazy, so I decided to answer him. "Well, you know, we eat around 6:30. Maria and Mom make dinner, and Dad tells jokes, and David and I laugh and talk about how fun school was," I said. Except I was really talking about the family on The Brady Bunch. The truth is, I didn't feel like telling Dr. Gold anything personal anymore.

After that, Dr. Gold wanted to know what I like to do for fun. I have to admit, I was pretty surprised since that's not one of the usual questions adults keep asking me lately. So I told him that I like to play chess and read books and do math problems, but the minute I said it, I wanted to take it back. I figured Dr. Gold would definitely tell Dr. Katz I'm crazy because I didn't say that I like to go shopping and follow boys around all day.

But Dr. Gold didn't call me crazy. Instead he took a chessboard out of his desk and started setting up the pieces. He even said I could be white if I wanted, since white goes first, and we played chess until it was time to go. I was three moves away from winning when his light went on, which Dr. Gold said meant that someone else came in the entrance door and was waiting for the next appointment. Probably some other lady on a diet.

On the way out, I asked Dr. Gold if he thought I was crazy. I really wanted to know. He said that no one thinks I'm crazy, but I told him that my parents think I'm crazy, and so do my teachers and friends and Dr. Katz. Then he didn't say anything, so I asked him why I have to go to a shrink if I'm not crazy. That's when Dr. Gold said that people see psychiatrists just to have someone to talk to. I'll bet Dr. Katz told him how I have no friends left at school. I knew Dr. Gold wanted me to go because he had another person waiting, but I had one last question first.

"Why are psychiatrists called shrinks?" I asked. Dr. Gold laughed for the first time and said that the word comes from an old wives' tale about healers who had the power to shrink the heads of their patients. Then he practically pushed me out the exit door. So I walked to the elevator, then I figured I'd take the stairs for the exercise. I usually count the number of stairs to figure out how many calories I'm burning, but today I was still thinking about what Dr. Gold said. I mean, if a shrink can shrink you, maybe seeing Dr. Gold once a week won't be that bad.

When I got home from Dr. Gold's, Mom and Dad wanted to know how the appointment went. "What did Dr. Gold say?" Mom wondered. She probably wanted to know if he figured out why I'm ruining her life. I told her that we just played chess for a while, which didn't thrill Dad too much. "I paid that man eighty dollars so you could play chess?" he asked. "I guess," I said, but then I thought his vein might start popping out, and I didn't feel like getting in a fight right before we had to leave for Parents' Night at school. So before anyone could scream at me, I ran up to my room. Besides, I couldn't wait to change out of that itchy mohair sweater.

Copyright © 2000 by Lori Gottlieb

Table of Contents


Part One: Winter 1978

"Who Do You Think You Are, Young Lady?"

Captain of Justice

Power Paragraph

Real Women Don't Eat Dessert

Thunder Thighs

Sex Education


Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

"That's My Girl"

The Lori Monument

Sorry About the Milk Shake, Mr. President

Day of Atonement

Part Two: Spring 1978

Please Help the Hungry

Lactose Intolerant

If You Can Pinch an Inch

Level F, Section Pink

Facts and Figure

Shrink Me

Absolute Delight

Don't Talk with Your Mouth Full

Chewing on Air

"Hello, Angels....It's Charlie"

E Is for Electrolyte

Part Three: Summer 1978

Breck Girl



Camp Cedars


Hey, Taxi

Shereen's Jeans

Life without Andy Gibb

Cutting the Fat

Secretary School

North Star

Do Not Resuscitate

Stick Figure


You Can Never Be Too Rich or Too Thin



What People are Saying About This

Peggy Orenstien

By turns earnest and funny, hopeful and tragic, eleven-year-old Lori is a latter-day Alice: She takes us through the distorted looking glass that's held up to young girls and into the harrowing land of eating disorders. There is no other word for it: You will devour this book -- and, hopefully, keep right on eating.
— (Peggy Orenstein, author of School Girls: Young Women, Self-Esteem, and the Confidence Gap)

From the Publisher

“A smart, funny, compassionate journal of the author’s bout with anorexia at age 11.” —Entertainment Weekly

“It reads like a novel…absolutely gripping.” —Boston Globe

“Compelling…Hopefully, young Gottlieb will stand as a patron saint for girls vulnerable to eating disorders and the adults who should be caring for them.” —Booklist

“Poignant…Gottlieb is dead-on about society’s irrational attitudes towards women’s bodies.” —Washington Post Book World

“Lori Gottlieb’s approach is compassionate, and very, very funny. More than just a book about anorexia, Stick Figure is an entertaining and thoughtful coming-of-age story that deals with an almost universal theme—negotiating the minefields of early adolescence and living to tell the tale.” —Martha Manning, author of Undercurrents

“What happens when a young girl from Beverly Hills trips on the fallacies of family and friends, then gets saturated by society’s worship of the too thin? She almost dies…Gottlieb tells all this with an earnest narration that is funny at times but always tragic. And although Lori steps deeper and deeper into her illness, there is no self-pity. The mood is simply: This is what happened to me.” —Seattle Times

“Lori Gottlieb’s eleven-year-old self is a singular storyteller of unblinking candor and precocious insight. As rife with wry humor as it is lacking in self-pity, this fast-paced chronicle of late-1970s adolescent anorexia is narrated with a light touch, and yet is chilling and poignant in its straightforward simplicity.” —Sarah Saffian, author of Ithaka: A Daughter’s Memoir of Being Found

Stick Figure stands out as a fresh, edgy take—not just on anorexia but on that perilous time in a girl’s life when she’s no longer a child but not quite an adult.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Undeniably effective.” —Booklist

“[An] authentic voice.” — Francisco Chronicle

“Her descriptions of preteen vulnerability and self-consciousness ring true…her diary offers haunting evidence of what little progress we have made.” —Publishers Weekly

“By turns earnest and funny, hopeful and tragic, eleven-year-old Lori is a latter-day Alice: She takes us through the distorted looking glass that’s held up to young girls and into the harrowing land of eating disorders. There is no other word for it: You will devour this book—and hopefully, keep right on eating.” —Peggy Orenstein, author of School Girls: Young Women, Self-Esteem, and the Confidence Gap

Sarah Saffian

Lori Gottlieb's eleven-year-old self is a singular storyteller of unblinking candor and precocious insight. As rife with wry humor as it is lacking in self-pity, this fast-paced chronicle of late-1970s adolescent anorexia is narrated with a light touch, and yet is chilling and poignant in its straightforward simplicity.
— (Sarah Saffian, author of Ithaka: A Daughter's Memoir of Being Found)

Martha Manning

Lori Gottlieb's approach is compassionate, and very, very funny. More than just a book about anorexia, Stick Figure is an entertaining and thoughtful coming-of-age story that deals with an almost universal theme -- negotiating the minefields of early adolescence and living to tell the tale.
— (Martha Manning, author of Undercurrents: A Life Beneath the Surface)

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
'Reasons why I should kill myself:..No one makes you eat when you're'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.
etznab on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the early chapters the main characters laments that her mother and other women are too obsessed about their weight. She makes several observations about how the constant focus on body image is unhealthy. And them almost overnight she starts believing that stuff herself and becomes anorexic. That transition happened almost instantaneously and didn't make any sense to me. Then again, teenage diaries don't always make sense.
Brookie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great writer. True story. Hilarious book but sad to think that an 11 year old girl can become anorexic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The memoir Stick Figure by Lori Gottlieb is about a girl named Lori who writes a diary about her life as an eleven year old, facing life threatening anorexia. She starts out perfectly fine with no eating disorder, but as the book continues on, she becomes very sick. Lori really explains how she’s feeling and what she’s going through. She also lets the reader understand how it is to have no one understand how she feels. There are certain parts that Lori explains with great detail. One example is when she is in the hospital and tries to cut the fat out of her stomach with a pair of scissors. This is a part that explains the gruesome event very well. Stick Figure is highly recommended to any reader looking for an inside look at a girl’s life with anorexia.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stick Figure by Lori Gottlieb was a fast, easy read that I would recommend. It went through her life, start to finish, of her eating disorder developing and turning into full-on anorexia. I didn’t like how much it focused on her mother; however, that fed into Lori’s disorder forming. I would recommend this for girls in their early teens as a fast read, for it has a good message, but it would be good for anyone. I would especially recommend it for a girl who was considering an eating disorder herself because it focuses on the negatives of eating disorders.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stick Figure, by Lori Gottlieb, is a book I recommend for most teenage girls to read. It’s an emotional story that takes the reader on  a journey through an eleven year old girl’s fight against anorexia. Though it was an amazing story, Lori takes a long time to get  into the plot of the story and the climax. It seemed like I had to wait till the last couple chapters before getting to an intense part of the story. I recommend this book to girls around the age of thirteen or fourteen. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the diary Stick Figure: A Diary Of My Former Self by Lori Gottlieb, 11 year old Lori is diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa. I loved the way that she incorporates humor into a depressing diary. Even though it was an exceptional read, I would not necessarily recommend it if you were struggling with your appearance/weight. At some points, she even made me feel self conscious of myself. However instead of wanting to agree with her, it made me disagree! Overall, the book was definitely interesting and a page turner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No one understands me that am what Lori says in her book. By her seeing a commercial which said “If you can pinch an inch” and seeing how other people look. She thought of herself fat. The book Stick Figure by Lori Gottieb is about an eleven year old girl. The girl’s name was Lori and she is a smart girl, but she felt like nobody can understand her. She thought of herself fat, so she went on a diet. Her diet was barely eating. Her parent thinks that something is wrong with her, but nothing was wrong she would say. she is just on a diet. They would take her to a psychiatrists and she ended up in a hospital. The psychiatrists made the family vote on if she should go to the hospital. I enjoyed the book because I knew how Lori felt. I would not eat when I’m not hungry and my parent thinks that there is something wrong. I’m not anorexic at all. I would try to imagine how she is feeling and I wonder what I would do if I was in her shoes. I recommend this book for mostly for teenagers and adults: for adults to see how some children feel about their selves, for teens because of how other children feel to how much different they are or similar they are.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Imagine being 11 and weighing less that 50 pounds. The story Stick Figure is about a girl, Lori Gottlieb, with anorexia nervosa. She is sent to the hospital so that the doctors could help her gain weight. At age 11 Lori weighed under 50 pounds. The doctors wanted her to weigh at least 60 pounds before she went home.  She wanted to cut herself so she would bleed to death, After meeting a girl in the hospital who died she decides that she really does not want to die. I loved this book. Every time I had to stop reading it, all I wanted to do was pick it back up. I think this book would be a great read for teenage girls and some teenage boys who are going through this phase in life. They will learn that being skinny isn’t the most important thing in life. 
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In the book Stick Figure, by Lori Gottlieb a girl struggles with the 4 battle of anorexia Lori the main character, she expresses her troubles and thoughts about being a women in modern times, and dealing with the pressure of being thin to fit in. I really enjoyed this book because it gave me more perspective on how insecure people are. It's very emotional, and it keeps you wondering what she will do next. While Lori was going in to the hospital, she always thinks that she could afford to lose a few more pounds. Eventually she puts her own life on the line, just so she can feel like she was what the media wanted. She wanted to like just like your friends, but what she didn't see was that she wad doing devastating damage to her self and her body. What seems to be Loris mantra is you, "can never too rich or too thin." While Lori is a very honest person she hides the truth from herself by telling herself that she's too fat or that she has thunder thighs. Loir's parents eventually made her go to see doctors, but eventually Lori draws a picture of what she look like and how she wants to look like she drew a stick figure. Sticking to her mantra. In the end Lori learns that it is good to be different.
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chocochipcrayon More than 1 year ago
I absolutely could not put this book down! The insight into Lori Gottlieb's thoughts and feelings about herself were enticing. It amazed me that this "situation", as it's called throughout the novel, happened when she was only eleven. It made me realize how poisonous the media truly is when eleven year-old children believe that they need to diet. An eating disorder is an extremely obsessive thing, and Gottlieb made that obvious. Her story was not only thought provoking, but was provoking emotionally as well. This collection of diary entries was a quick but intense read, and I strongly recommend it to any reader or book club.
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Buffheart More than 1 year ago
Although some of the characteristics of Eating Disorders are there, this story is not accurate. One with an Eating Disorder cannot simply think themselves "better", and that's what the book seems to convey (in my opinion, at least).
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿This isn¿t a game anymore,¿ Dr. Katz said when he came in this morning. The reason he came early is that the treatment team is worried about my lab tests. Dr. Katz said he doesn¿t care what the chart says because I¿m obviously not eating as much as the nurses are writing down, which is why he just had a talk with them about how they should never listen to me, no matter what. Like anyone ever listens to me anyway.¿ Stick Figure is a mesmerizing book about an 11-year old girl who is living in Beverly Hills she becomes anorexic because of a bad relationship with her parents and hardly any support from her friends and family. She is absorbed with her schoolwork and is not concerned with her looks until she realizes she wants to do something with her life, and she gets the impression that doing that, requires being thin. She rapidly becomes obsessed with her weight and how many calories she consumes. And quickly starts to worry her family, friends and the doctors start getting involved with her ¿situation¿. Soon she sees herself as fat, and everyone else can clearly see that she needs to get help¿and fast. She goes to a clinic where people go when they are very sick. She then tries the unthinkable and her situation becomes more and more serious. Stick Figure is Lori Gottlieb¿s diary that she kept while was battling anorexia. Stick Figure is a national best seller and is loved by all of its readers. Lori Gottlieb still lives in California and is a journalist for many well-known magazines and NPR. This book is filled with emotions that just seep through the pages. You will come to adore Lori as much as I have and understand what she went through. This book will be adored by boys, girls, and adults due to its many inner themes that most people can relate to. I loved this memoir and I know that every other person who picks it up will too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
you very clearly do not have any knoweledge of eating disorders, how they develop, or what healthy eating habits are. Sorry, an emaciated and sickly body is NOT a result of healthy eating, sorry an obsession about your body and food is NOT a healthy lifestyle. as someone who has suffered and recovered from anorexia and bulimia, i take offense to your ignorance on the matter and suggest you educate yourself better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to dissagree a little with the review titled confusing. An ed can develop from her just wanting to not eat for attention, having an ed is a way of coping with something just not a healthy way and the girl wanted to be noticed. I know it's rare but you can become so obsessed with food that it turns into a dissorder. And food is used to replace what your feeling so you wont have to. Like her family and pressure from her mother to basically be perfect all the time. And the kids at school the popular ones she wanted to be like, that was her way of coping. I do agree that most ed's as I said don't just start out from wanting attention but there is a need for attention. I read this book once and a teacher of mine in HS suggested I read it since I was and am anorexic/bulimic. I enjoyed the book very much and would love to read it again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was amazing wen my english teacher recommended it for me i read it in 2 days. It was such a great book but its just upset me alittle about how she was so young n wanted to be the thinest girl in the world.