Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Books I've Loved: A Trick of the Light

This is an interesting one. I've written about several eating disorder books here over the past few months, but this is the first and only one I've read where the ED sufferer was a guy. And it's fascinating to see something as familiar as anorexia through a male perspective.

The need for control is the same, the need for acceptance. Yet the way the outside world looks at Mike is very different to the way anorectic girls are seen. Mike is recognized as being sick, while so often girls are accused of vanity or attention seeking long before anyone realizes they no longer have any perspective on their looks or the amount of food they eat.

I'd definitely recommend this on simply because it looks at a rarely seen group - young men suffering from a disorder that is considered the domain of women.

If you don't believe me, here's the blurb:

Mike Welles had everything under control. But that was before. Now things are rough at home, and they're getting confusing at school. He's losing his sense of direction, and he feels like he's a mess. Then there's a voice in his head. A friend, who's trying to help him get control again. More than that—the voice can guide him to become faster and stronger than he was before, to rid his life of everything that's holding him back. To figure out who he is again. If only Mike will listen.


  1. That sounds very interesting. Everyone always thinks of girls when it comes to eating disorders, so it's good to have the perspective of a boy.

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