Life-Size [Jenefer Shute] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Landing in the hospital after starving herself down to a mere sixty-seven pounds . The key to its success is that Jenefer Shute understands the importance of language in the strategies of the anorexic, and turns it to literary. Life-Size, a novel by Jenefer Shute: “Unforgettable” (Washington Post Book World); “A remarkable novel” (The New York Times Book Review).

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Additionally, the chapters jumped from past to present without notice, which was confusing.

I do not like the fact that the author never got to the root of the problem. Sep 02, Gail rated it liked it. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, xhute.

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Open Preview See a Problem? The abrupt changes in time-frame and thought process were abrupt and disrupting. Then I couldn’t eat for several days, read this book about anorexia on the plane ride home, and alienated my seat neighbor by making embarrassing heaving noises while trying not to cry. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Full of descriptions of food that are more reminiscent of “The Cook, The Thief, The Wife and Her Lover” than of “Babette’s Feast,” the worst excretions of both food and sex are graphically juxtaposed in “Life-Size,” leaving the reader sshute no appetite for either pursuit.


I like how realistic this is. She’s going to be stuck in her head an awful lot. Secondly, the main character was ssize unlikeable. Plus I didn’t really see an end. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. This was one of the least interesting ones that I’ve come across.

The book really doesn’t resolve her condition at the end, but she seems to be doing better. I felt like it was a little all over the place at times.

Scary, angry, unapologetic tale of an anorexic near to death. Be the first to discover new talent! It was written very poetically and honestly.

Life-Size, a novel by Jenefer Shute

I like realistic more than ridiculous YA romance. Sep 25, Valerie rated it really liked it Shufe to Valerie by: Lest you be concerned with my current reading choices these days —Sylvia Plath, Victor Frankl, that Ned Vizzini thing and now this—rest easy: I’m not sure how accurately this work of fiction portrays a young woman with anorexia but it has made me think.


This is her immediate shhte throughout the novel, and she describes it in a voice that is unmercifully critical, sarcastic and ironic. She can control but she cannot care for, and here’s one of life’s little razor’s edges, one that the anorexic straddles: She’s still having issues, maybe she’s seen some light but not likely, she’s not okay with getting better. However, I did not read it inso the effect of reading it has been blurred by many other accounts of being hospitalized for anorexia, for bulimia, for cutting, for cutting and bulimia, etc etc.

Ive read this book quite shtue few times over the past 17 years. In between meals that serve as the battleground between patient and staff, Josie drifts jenefeer and out of flashbacks and daydreams.

It scared me to death.