This book was wonderfully brave. I love Porta as an actress but I respect and admire her as an author for this book. I wish it was a mandatory read for all young women in high school or college. Simply fantastic.
I am halfway through and really wish I hadn't used a credit on this book. I have given it two stars only because aside from this book, I really like Portia De Rossi and her wife and would have simply felt bad giving it one star.
I don't want to sound crass or unsympathetic here, but I want to be honest. Portia De Rossi has clearly had a tough go of it and I sympathize. She seems to have found peace and happiness in her current life and I was looking forward to hearing about her journey. Unfortunately, at nearly five hours in the story has been so painfully repetitive that I am considering skipping chapters (I've never done this before, good or bad I like to experience a complete book) to see if the subject matter will ever change even slightly. I don't think its spoiling anything to say that up to this point all she has talked about is her struggle to lose weight and her low self esteem. Not to minimize the importance of these topics, but I get it, you strictly count calories, judge yourself harshly and unrealistically and feel like everyone else does too. I feel for you but the reader doesn't need a detailed account of EVERY SINGLE TIME you felt this way. Clearly she hasn't written about every thought she had during this time, but that is absolutely how it feels. At the halfway point I literally don't feel like the biography has progressed beyond the first our of listening.
I will finish the book because, well I used a credit on it and feel I should. But I certainly wouldn't recommend it. Sorry Portia.
While I was pleased to hear Portia narrate her own book, I found the book frustrating. Instead of being a memoir of recovery, the book becomes an almost encyclopedic manual for how to have an Eating Disorder. She goes into minute detail on how she managed to become an 82 pound waif and spends 20+ chapters on the minutiae of her ED. Her recovery is touched on only briefly in the epilogue. While the book does end on a high note, I am concerned that young people reading this may get more ideas on how to become ill in this way than inspiration to be well. That said, I applaud Portia's bravery and honesty.
Say something about yourself!
I'm so very glad that Portia De Rossi nee Amanda Rogers has found therapy, part of which appears to be this book. As an ex-member of the same business, though, I found it so tiresome to hear about her petty concerns about being average, not having fashion sense, and the secret of sexual preference being discovered, Some of us actresses actually took classes and cared about our acting. Yes, the pressure to look good was there and often combined with an individual's pre-existing mental health conditions (OCD and borderline personality come to mind in Portia's case) to create aberrant behavior. I just had hoped for a more compelling story. Most unintentionally funny reveal? She didn't like her name Amanda because it had "a man" in it. Admirable American accent, though.
One of the most books written with courage and honesty. It touches anyone with an eating disorder and during the listen, I could feel my heart pound with the words of Portia's illness and how much of her everyday life it took from her. My mind could not wrap around the pain and energy it took to keep her 'eating' under control. I wish this woman all the best on her journey to recovery. A+
This book did nothing for me except to show what a silly, spoiled, vain girl Portia is. The whining just got to me. I realize that she was probably quite sick, but if she weren't so paranoid and if she thought about anything other than her appearance, it probably would not have gotten to that point. I have an eating disorder, and if I was given 1/10th of the beauty, opportunities, money, love, or family that she has in her life I'm sure I would be cured!
De Rossi doesn't flinch from the grittiest parts of a full-fledged eating disorder, but her story is anything but new. Thousands of women and men across the US and around the world suffer from anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and the nebulous eating disorders not otherwise specified (EDNOS), but because they are not celebrities, they struggle out of the public eye and largely in silence. I laud her for her honesty, but in this day and age I am shocked if what she has to say is news to people's ears.
This book kept me interested from beginning to end. Not only do you get insight into the downward spiral of anorexia, but you see the heavy toll of fame on a person's psyche. She also talks in detail about being "in the closet" and how that served to fuel her anorexia. A very sad look into mental illness, but with a heartwarming ending.