Friday, January 23, 2015

It was Me All Along: A Memoir by Andie Mitchell

It was Me All Along: A Memoir by Andie Mitchell is a newly published account of a young woman's lifelong battle with food. The book depicts a retro, colorized photograph of a young chubby adolescent girl in a tight fitting swimming suit. This ominous cover depicts a girl who on the surface is smiling but is concealing hurt and shame.  This writing genre is similar to any memoir of abuse or addiction, and those readers who have come from dysfunctional families and who suffered abuse as a child might relate to this book.   Just as any other addiction, alcohol or drugs, Andie's addiction with food destroyed her youth and took over her life.  It is ironic, but many people in the general public may not consider the fact that there are many who do suffer from food addictions and that addictions don't just refer to drugs or gambling.  For many readers who know nothing about food addictions, bine eating and anorexia, this book will be an eye opener.  For those readers who themselves are overweight or battling food addictions, binge eating disorder, bulimia or anorexia, the richly, detailed descriptions of luscious fatty refined food and pastry may be enough to cause a relapse.  Andie's richly poignant descriptions of binge foods made me think that the author still is in fact is facing an internal battle with food and that perhaps her sense of equilibrium with food may be short lived.  This book would make a good case study for a psych student.  It was enlightening, and educational but certainly not entertaining.  This book is easy to read in the sense that it is simple and to the point, but it is not a book for casual reading.  As a blogger I received a copy of this book published by Clarkson Potter for the purpose of writing this review.

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