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    • Draco Malfoy
      By Draco Malfoy
      “I just … I just hurt … inside. And when I tear at the outside it makes me feel less torn up on the inside.”
      She nodded, waiting.
      “I don’t want to die.”
      She waited.
      “Really, I don’t. It’s not a lie. I’m not suicidal. I just feel like sometimes I can’t keep myself from hurting me. It’s like there’s someone else inside of me who needs to physically peel those bad thoughts out of my head and there’s no other way to get in there. The physical pain distracts me from the mental pain.”
    • Draco Malfoy
      By Draco Malfoy
      Eating disorders are frequently written about but rarely with such immediacy and candor. Hornbacher was only 23 years old when she wrote this book so there is no sense of her having distanced herself from the disease or its lingering effects on her. This, combined with her talent for writing, gives readers a real sense of the horror of anorexia and bulimia and their power to dominate an individual’s life. The author was bulimic as a fourth grader and anorexic at age 15. She was hospitalized several times and institutionalized once. By 1993 she was attending college and working as a journalist. Her weight had dropped to 52 pounds and doctors in the emergency room gave her only a week to live. She left the hospital, decided she wanted to live, then walked back and signed herself in for treatment. This is not a quick or an easy read. Hornbacher talks about possible causes for the illnesses and describes feeling isolated, being in complete denial, and not wanting to change or fearing change, until she nearly died. Young people will connect with this compelling and authentic story.
    • Draco Malfoy
      By Draco Malfoy
      Hornbacher, who detailed her struggle with bulimia and anorexia in Wasted, now shares the story of her lifelong battle with mental illness, finally diagnosed as rapid cycling type 1 bipolar disorder. Even as a toddler, Hornbacher couldn’t sleep at night and jabbered endlessly, trying to talk her parents into going outside to play in the dark. Other schoolchildren called her crazy. When she was just 10, she discovered alcohol was a good mood stabilizer; by age 14, she was trading sex for pills. In her late teens, her eating disorder landed her in the hospital, followed by another body obsession, cutting. An alcoholic by this point, she was alternating between mania and depression, with frequent hospitalizations. Her doctor explained that not only did the alcohol block her medications, it was up to her to control her mental illness, which would always be with her. This truth didn’t sink in for a long, long time, but when it did, she had a chance for a life outside her local hospital’s psychiatric unit. Hornbacher ends on a cautiously optimistic note—she knows she’ll never lead a normal life, but maybe she could live with the life she does have. Although painfully self-absorbed, Hornbacher will touch a nerve with readers struggling to cope with mental illness. 

      Begins with a detailed account of cutting an artery, references self-injury in other sections.
    • Draco Malfoy
      By Draco Malfoy
      Ellie: […] Craig. I used to cut myself.
      Craig: I know.
      Ellie: And what’s bizarre is that I’m always gonna be a cutter. Even if I don’t do it for years it’s still me.
      Craig: Well that sucks.
      Ellie: It just, it just is. It doesn’t matter how I feel or how anyone else feels.
    • Draco Malfoy
      By Draco Malfoy
      Lisa: ‘What’s this? Huh? What’s this?’
      Daisy: ‘Let go.’
      Lisa: ‘Tryin’ out your new silver?’
      Daisy: ‘Get the fuck off of me.’
      Lisa: ‘Less appealing for Daddy, huh?’
      Daisy: ‘Look at your own arm, asshole.’
      Lisa: ‘I’m sick, Daisy, we know that. But here you are in so-called recovery, playing Betty Crocker, cut up like a God damn Virginia ham.’

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