Book Review | Hunger, A Memoir of My Body

I didn’t know what to expect when reading this book – I had no clue who Roxane Gay was but the title was enticing.

“This is what most girls are taught — that we should be slender and small. We should not take up space. We should be seen and not heard, and if we are seen, we should be pleasing to men, acceptable to society. And most women know this, that we are supposed to disappear, but it’s something that needs to be said, loudly, over and over again, so that we can resist surrendering to what is expected of us.” (p. 13)

Roxane Gay was extremely vulnerable in this book and even if you didn’t like the book, you have to praise her for that vulnerability. It takes so much strength and courage to dig that deep into your feelings regarding the relationship to food and share that with the world.

I really don’t want to spoil anything, but it’s the first memoir I’ve read about body image and I can’t wait to find more like this.

3 stars.


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