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Insatiable - The Compelling Story of Four Teens, Food and Its Power [Paperback]

By Eve Eliot (Author)
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Written in episodic format, this moving story follows four teenage girls whose shame, fear, and confusion compel them to binge, purge, and refuse to eat in misguided attempts to feel safe and in control of their lives. Original. 100,000 first printing.

Publishers Description
In the pages of Insatiable you will meet: Samantha, the ice princess who resists eating to demonstrate her worth to others and to herself. She cuts herself to release and relieve her intense emotional turmoil. Hannah, the lost soul who expresses her self-disgust by throwing up the enormous quantities of food she eats when she is alone. Jessica, the rebel who starves herself in order to cope with the horror of her father's death from AIDS, and the pain of having to mother her six-year-old brother. Phoebe, the dreamer, who is the smartest, fattest girl in school. While she feels more pain as she grows ever fatter, the only time happiness or relief seems within reach is when she's eating. As you read about these girls, you will feel their pain, their fears and their courage. Real-life drama and heart-rendering strife will envelop you in this forceful and vibrant novel. Interwoven within the stories however, are also real and important facts about anorexia and bulimia that expose the horrific dangers of eating disorders.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Insatiable - The Compelling Story of Four Teens, Food and Its Power by Eve Eliot has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 04/30/2001 page 79
  • School Library Journal - 03/01/2001 page 246
  • Bookpage - 05/01/2001 page 25

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Item Specifications...

Studio: HCI Teens
Pages   280
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.55" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.82"
Weight:   0.81 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2015
Publisher   HCI Teens
Age  12-17
ISBN  1558748180  
ISBN13  9781558748187  

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Eve Eliot was born in 1943.

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insatiable: this customer is still unsated.  Aug 24, 2008
The title of "Insatiable" drew me in immediately, but the painfully crude and rudimentary writing forced me to stop reading it less than halfway through.

As as recovering anorexic/bulimic of almost 10 years, I usually devour books on the subject- but "insatiable" is just too unrefined to stomach (eh, no pun intended). The first chapter alone left me feeling as though someone just came and robbed me of 20 IQ points. I tried to give it a chance and read through a few more, but it just didn't hold my interest in any way- I was distracted by the terrible writing the entire time.

Save your money and buy something else. ANYTHING else. This was the worst book that I've ever read.

Worth Reading.  Jan 30, 2008
I read this book back in high school (not too long ago) and enjoyed it. I read it two or three times. Having struggled with eating disorders, I could relate to different instances that the characters portrayed, although the author makes certain instances more dramatic then they might be in reality. The book, however, is not overly dramatic, and gives insight about what may go on in the minds of those who struggle with food issues, from different angles. Insatiable includes the story of four fictional characters, all who deal with life by either over-eating, hardly eating, or binging/purging. This book is a good one for a person struggling with an eating disorder. I didn't feel it was as "triggering" as many other books out there. When you are caught up in an eating disorder, your emotions regarding food and weight are very strong and very real, which makes this book relatable and insightful. I remember sitting in my bedroom in tears from something that happens to the character Jessica, because I could relate so much to it, and it opened my eyes--hit me with reality. Also, one of the characters who I couldn't relate to as much decides to go to therapy, and though I didn't have the same story, it inspired me to think about getting help. I didn't act on it for years and still struggle after multiple treatments, but treating eating disorders are about small steps, and books like this are small steps that get a person to think just a little bit deeper about what they are doing to themselves, as well as their family and friends.
Tries, doesn't quite deliver.  Sep 20, 2006
Eve Eliot, Insatiable (HCI Teens, 2001)

Eve Eliot has done something that few, if any, other authors who write about eating disorders have done: she considered the fat kid.

I mean, think about it. We're constantly hearing that childhood obesity is an epidemic in the United States, and the diet book industry has gone through the roof in the past couple of decades. (Would that I'd written The Eat Your Weight in Bushes and Slim Down! diet book five years ago. I'd be rich.) And yet every book I've picked up dealing with childhood eating disorders is preoccupied with anorexia and bulimia. One might call it an obsession, even. Books on eating disorders, as a rule, do not talk about childhood obesity.

Eliot feels the pull, though. Anorexia and bulimia is sexy, from the perspective of addressing eating disorders. And three-quarters of Eliot's main characters fall solidly into the anorexia/bulimia camp, and those three, as one would expect, get much of the screen time here (and more of the drama). But at least we have Phoebe, the smart, popular girl who cannot stop eating. And her presence in this book alone, let alone the fact that certain chapters of the book focus on her, raises the book a couple of notches by itself.

Eliot gives us the story (thinly-veiled nonfiction, I'd expect; Publisher's Weekly calls it "a work of fiction based on actual case histories," which I assume means it's got more truthiness than, say, a James Frey book) of four teenagers who all have eating problems. They also have a few side-effect-style problems (one character is a cutter, though the actual descriptions of cutting and its psychological effects sound more like they were absorbed from a psych journal instead of direct experience), but the eating disorders take center stage.

There's a lot of potential here, but much of the time, I wasn't sure under what it was hiding. The dialogue tends to flatness, the characters to steretypical actions (though they are well-drawn, especially for a book based on case histories), and the whole thing seems dated thanks to the details on which Eliot chose to focus in places, especially clothing and hairstyles. But Eliot does rise up from the mundane every once in a while, and when she does, this becomes a fascinating little work. Most of these times are when the girls are at their worst and give in to whatever desire each happens to be fighting. When Eliot's writing the bad stuff, she really takes off. It's the connective tissue in between that could have used some work.

But still, she considered the fat girl. And that's worth checking out, for its rarity if nothing else. ** ½
annoying  Mar 27, 2006
Okay, I haven't finished reading this book. So far it's just getting on my nerves with all of the stupid dialogue, flat, boring characters, and horrible writing.

I also noticed that the author's favorite color seems to be green for most things she describes are green (i.e., green shirt, green couch, lime green hair thing, etc). And that's getting on my nerves.

Seriously, like some people have mentioned, the dialogue in this book is unrealistic. Someone else stated that the author is trying too hard and I agree.

Someone else stated that this book is triggering and I agree. It made me want to eat like the fat girl. And not eat like the anorexic smoker.

This book is weird and it sucks and I'm not even halfway done with it. The author gets repetitive with the bulimic's OCD about cleaning her room and looking at zebras and the fat one wanting to be skinny like the anorexic smoker.

Don't bother with this book. It's a waste.
Insatiable  Sep 30, 2005
This book got off to a fairly good start; the situations are catching. However, I think that the author tried to include a little too much. Jessica-anorexic AND a smoker; Hannah-bulimic AND dealing with being an asexual lesbian; Samantha-anorexic AND a cutter, and so on, and also in making Phoebe, the friendly, intelligent binger, and Jessica, her polar opposite (a cold, rather empty-headed anorexic) her best friend. The ending was also very predictable in the way things worked out: one by one three of the four girls start therapy, then the fourth one dies. It's rather unrealistic. Too many eating-disorder books end in Therapy Happily Ever After.

The scenes in which each girl succumbed to her disorder were fairly thrilling and very well written. The thoughts were absorbing and you could really identify with them, even if you had never felt them before, as when I read about Hannah throwing up. Eliot captured in great detail the gist of each disorder and the forced lifestyle that follows, but I think she's too into happy endings.

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