Believarexic (PDF Kindle ePUB) by J.J. Johnson

Summary Believarexic

Nside and outside the hospital She must relearn who to trust and decide for herself what “healthy” really meansPunctuated by dark humor gritty realism and profound moments of self discovery Believarexic is a stereotype defying exploration of belief and human connectio. Before I review this book I d like to say even though I got this book from Netgalley these thoughts are all my own opinion I am very thankful to Netgalley for allowing me to review this book but I also don t want to be all sunshine and rainbows and not be honest about how I feel about this book All right so now that that little explanation is over lets discuss Believarexic Believarexic was a novel that I thought I would love I was initially attracted to the cover and loved the premise because I thought it would be an autobiography In a way it was but it was also a fiction novel I think Correct me if I m wrong I really wanted a novel showing the growth and development of their eating disorder or at least have an explanation why it developed Their really was no explanation that was clear To me that aspect in her past felt very jumbled and I really would ve liked information on that Overall the book could have been fantastic but another aspect that irked me was the writing The writing felt so choppy and unnatural I don t know if it was the way my ARC copy was with the dropoff sentences but the words and vocabulary didn t seem to have a flow that made me feel like I was getting a consistent story I don t need lovely lyrical writing but I at least need it to flow and have some sort of imagery ya know what I mean The characters to me weren t all that well written which really hurts me to say because these characters are basically based on the author s family and her which makes me feel like a real jerk saying this I know I may not relate with Jennifer s personality a ton but the most I really saw was crying and her eating disorder There was tell rather than show which didn t really help to connect with her It kept saying she was sad or she was a good girl but I want proof in her character to say that rather than just telling the reader what to think I also found the way bulimia and anorexia was portrayed in a way that felt like it was very glossed over I know this is a recovery book but again it was only tell know show It never told the reader how thin Jennifer was or what the symtoms and hardships of anorexia was We only got crying which is needed in the novel but I felt like I was missing out on many important key points in the novel I know this is a very negative review but one strong point in the book was the whole hospital system being explained I thought that was important since we rarely get the rules in a hospital for the patients in recovery I found that very interesting and a fantastic touch to the story Overall this book wasn t for me but I also think many others would enjoy this book so I say give it a try if it sounds interesting to you

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Believarexic

Fifteen year old Jennifer has to force her family to admit she needs help for her eating disorder But when her parents sign her into the Samuel Tuke Center she knows it’s a terrible mistake The facility’s locked doors cynical nurses and punitive rules are a far cry fr. Almost all fictionalized tales of eating disorders are pretty crummy The characters are flat the underlying causes of the disease stereotypical fear of growing up need for control traumatic event etc and the course of treatment is highly unrealistic somehow the sufferer previously vehemently opposed to health is suddenly hungry and magically eats again Believarexic is none of these things Reading through the author s bio it is clear this is because she has drawn heavily upon the journals she kept during her own struggle with anorexia In fact some of her entries are near verbatim to the novel s text Unlike every other character in an eating disorder book Jennifer actually wants to recover Yes she struggles yes she has temptations no she is not perfect But overall her desire to attain health remains How refreshing Additionally this is the most accurate depiction of life in an inpatient treatment center during the late 1980 s I would generally advise most people with an eating disorder to avoid disease novels like the plague This may be the one exception It does not glamorize the disease nor does it romanticize treatment no specific numbers regarding weight are ever given Does the world need another account of life with an eating disorder No but this one could surely take the place of most of the rest of the sorry lot

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Om the peaceful supportive environment she’d imaginedIn order to be discharged Jennifer must make her way through the strict treatment program as well as harrowing accusations confusing half truths and startling insights She is forced to examine her relationships both i. I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review I have very ambivalent feelings about this book I think books like this are very important I think young girls and parents need to be educated about the very real damage and health risks that eating disorders cause and I think society needs to now how important is is for girls to be taught the vital importance of having a healthy body image and living a healthy lifestyleAnd I think this book did a fairly adeuate job of doing that However I must admit that I had uite a bit of difficulty connecting to the MC and her journey Because the book started with Jennifer reuesting to be hospitalized and then immediately delving into her treatment I felt like I never really had an idea who Jennifer was This made it difficult for me to get excited about her revelations because I really had no idea of her previous state of mind to grasp whether this new realization was amazing or just interesting So in some respects I was left feeling that the story was about Jennifer s experience in the EDU of a mental hospital than Jennifer s actual disease and recoveryNevertheless books like this are important and may be impacting for those who have experienced a similar journey or to help some realize that they need to seek help


10 thoughts on “Believarexic

  1. says:

    I am working very hard on this book It's like bleeding onto the page So I'm marking it five stars for its first review Well done me

  2. says:

    Almost all fictionalized tales of eating disorders are pretty crummy The characters are flat the underlying causes of the disease stereotypical fear of growing up need for control traumatic event etc and the course of treat

  3. says:

    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewThank you NetGalley for my advanced reading copy I look forward to reading thisI received Believarexic as an Advanced Reading Copy from NetGalley therefore it

  4. says:

    This came to me because I was on a panel with JJ and she was knock out fabulous I knew I had to read her book And I am so glad I did

  5. says:

    By far this has to be THE BEST book on anorexiabulimia that I have ever readThe main character Jenifer who has t

  6. says:

    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review I have very ambivalent feelings about this book I think books like this

  7. says:

    I read a bunch of books about young women with eating disorders and this one mysteriously appeared in the mail at work To this day I still have no idea how I got it The book is partial memoir partial novel and gives an extremely realistic and well written look at a 15 year old's journey to recovery Jennifer volunteers to put herself into a mental institution after she sees a commercial for getting help for an eating di

  8. says:

    Before I review this book I'd like to say even though I got this book from Netgalley these thoughts are all my own opinion I am very thankful to Netgalley for allowing me to review this book but I also don't want to be all sunshine

  9. says:

    I received a free copy of BELIEVAREXIC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewGrade CAt age fifteen during the late 1980s Jennifer is admitted to the Eating Disorder Unit EDU of a psych hospital for bulimarexia a combination of anorexia and bulimia She becomes a model patient cries and recovers in record time Insurance reimbursement for inpatient psych treatment has changes dramatically in the 25 years since wr

  10. says:

    I received an e arc of this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewThere are a lot of books about girls and women with eating disorders nowadays I find most of them having flat characters an unrealistic storyline way too much glamorized and romanticized however believarexic was totally different Like Jennifer our main character I’ve had to deal with an eating disorders on the age of 15 as well Unlike other books about this