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~READ KINDLE ♴ Monkey taming ⚖ You ve eaten too much, you fat pig When Jessica was thirteen years old, she met the Monkey.The Monkey lived inside her a driving, fiery voice telling her that thinness was the only way The only way to be safe, to be good, to be acceptable and above all, to escape from the cold, looming threat of approaching adulthood Jessica listened to the Monkey, and it consumed her.This is the illuminating story of a teenage girl s wanderings in darkness the spiral down into madness, the terrible realities of an adolescent psychiatric unit, and the stark choice that she must either tame her monster or die.Through memory, reflection, and enduring black humour, Jessica makes a tenuous peace with the world and with her emerging adult self. I read this book several years ago and found it to be a good read Unfortunately, the author failed to justify Jessica s line of thought and actions, which leaves the reader frustrated at the character Other than that, I like how we get to see how the anorexic mind sees things Not just the clinical point of view, leaves you with a better understanding of anorexia nervosa.3.5 stars I m still not sure if I liked this book It carries a lot of emotional weight, at least it did to me I am definitely not like the main character, but I do like her have a hard relationship with food I don t have any kind of problem like this girl does, but I do feel like throwing up after I eat something bad for me I get quite sensitive when it comes to food, so I don t really know what to say about this story. Realistica storia di una tredicenne alle prese coi mostri della sua mente Anoressia, disturbi ossessivi tutto molto pi vicino a noi di quanto sembri Da vicino nessuno normale vero Ciascuno di noi in alcuni momenti della sua vita lotta coi propri mostri Il bel messaggio di questo libro che da questa lotta si pu uscire vincitori feriti, magari, ma trionfanti. Questo libro significa veramente tanto per me perch mi ha cambiato in un modo che neanch io ho ben compreso Pi che altro non ho capito come ha fatto ha cambiarmi Semplicemente, da un momento all altro, nella mia mente scattato qualcosa e mi ha fatto fare esattamente quello che ha fatto anche Jess, la protagonista di questo romanzo Per spiegarmi meglio, la mia avventura iniziata come per lei quando all inizio del libro dice Non saprei dire come cominciato.Judith Fathallah stata magnifica nel scrivere in modo cos personale, ma nello stesso tempo anche distaccato, una situazione che affligge migliaia di ragazza e ragazzi in tutto il mondo Anche se lei stessa ha fatto parte di quel gruppo di persone che nel mondo soffrono o hanno sofferto di disturbi alimentari, non ha scritto n un autobiografia come Marya Hornbacher, ad esempio n una storia troppo personale E forse proprio per questo che la storia di una semplice ragazza che si ammala di un disturbo tanto comune coinvolge cos tanto i lettori La storia in s mi ha appassionato solo finch Jess era chiusa in s stessa ed era nel pieno della malattia, il pezzo in cui finalmente guarisce non mi ha interessato pi di tanto e soprattutto il finale mi ha abbastanza deluso Per trovo che il tutto equilibrato molto bene.Vorrei, di conseguenza a questa mia recensione, ringraziare l autrice per aver condiviso con il resto del mondo questa storia in cui anche lei partecipe con i piccoli dettagli che una persona normale magari non capisce, come gli esercizi quotidiani o il conteggio delle calorie. Trigger Warnings Eating disorders, self harm, suicidal thoughts depression I m going to hide this review for the minor spoilers and just in case someone may find it potentially triggering view spoiler Annorexia Nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any other mental illness, it has been found that without treatment twenty percent of people who suffer from eating disorders die People with anorexia feel a compulsive need to lose weight and have a crippling fear of gaining weight It effects every aspect of their life and there are many factors in eating disorders that effect each person that suffers differently and i feel that Judith Fathallah perfectly shows the struggles and severity of this illness in Monkey Taming You ve eaten too much you fat pig Jessica Hassan is a thirteen year old, who like women of all ages makes the decision once again to lose weight She will cut out all pizza, ice cream and those cursed Dairy lea triangles that are her comfort blanket She s made the decision many times before but has never managed to stick to her promises of no junk food that is until she s on a family holiday and after one too many comments about weight Jessica vows she will lose weight, and she does cutting her food intake drastically and with the extra activities her and her family do whilst on holiday Jessica loses nearly a stone, with that a switch is flicked in Jessica s mind and she falls down the rabbit hole into the obsessions of eating disorders as Jess s weight decreases her obsession increases Jessica s mental voice is mature for a thirteen year old, she s an intelligent child who after suffering a crippling loss and other family dramas finds the control she didn t have in other aspects of her life in her strict daily routine all in the name of weight loss We see through out the story the further and further she gets into her illness the it effects her friendships, family life, her daily routine and her moods turning Jess into someone her friends and family no longer feel like they know Some Anorexic s have a mental voice that constantly berates them and makes them believe that thinness is the way to happiness, the way to perfection Jess calls hers the Monkey, the Monkey is always there in Jess s mind controlling her fighting with Jess s inner voice as slowly it consumes her and drags her down into her illness Through out the story we see Jess s full spiral into Anorexia, how it starts wanting to lose a few pounds thinking as many people do, everything will be better when i m skinny, into the compulsions of under eating, calorie counting and a strict exercise regime Jess could not leave the house until she had weighed herself and done her exercises correctly one wrong move and should would have to redo the lot sometimes than once Before long Jess is dangerously underweight, her mood are in turmoil and the Monkey s voice is getting louder, stronger and demanding of Jess everyday Jess is admitted into an adolescent psychiatric unit where she meets other teens some with eating disorders, some with depression and some who self harm The unit is not somewhere the Monkey feels Jess should be still pushing her to starve herself whilst people are fighting to help Jess recover The time Jess is in the unit isn t sugar coated, it s a dark time and harrowing as to just what an struggle it is for people fighting to recover.Monkey Taming is in my opinion an excellent book showing the true damage eating disorders can to to a person s mind, body soul This is an incredibly insightful book into the mind of someone suffering with an eating disorder, it is a mildly graphic book but it is a book i would highly recommend someone to read who would not find it to be potentially triggering I think that Monkey Taming could give insight to someone who knows someone who is suffering from an eating disorder just so they can have some idea as to what they re going through and recovery is not as easy or simple as eating something I enjoyed everything about this book but i especially enjoyed reading the growth and development of Jess and her Mum s relationship, it really is a fantastic read I have read a few books on eating disorders but specifically about Anorexia and this is hands down my favourite I feel even people without an ED can relate slightly in someway, feeling the need to lose weight through peer pressure, or feeling it will make everything better is something many people deal with I gave this book five stars not just for the story itself which is captivating in itself but because of the insight it could give someone who has someone in their life struggling with an eating disorder It is a mildly graphic book and could be triggering to some people so please only read this if you feel you are well enough hide spoiler Nonostante la storia faccia capo al vissuto dell autrice, cosa che si sente fin dal principio, ci sono state parti del romanzo in cui ho risentito un po della lentezza Comunque, le emozioni sono forti, impattanti, e che si parli di Scimmia o di Anoressia il risultato lo stesso la bestia nera e combatterla richiede sacrifici e sforzi sovrumani.Parlare di malattie mentali pone l individuo in contesti difficili, soprattutto in relazione al sentire comune, ma Fathallah ha il grande pregio di far comprendere come il disturbo ossessivo compulsivo sia qualcosa che, bene o male, riguarda un po tutti La Scimmia penetra quando le condizioni sono favorevoli, e non bisogna essere schizofrenici per permetterle di subentrare, anzi.Federica D Ascani Nonostante la storia faccia capo al vissuto dell autrice, cosa che si sente fin dal principio, ci sono state parti del romanzo in cui ho risentito un po della lentezza Ciononostante le emozioni sono forti, impattanti, e che si parli di Scimmia o di Anoressia il risultato lo stesso la bestia nera e combatterla richiede sacrifici e sforzi sovrumani Parlare di malattie mentali pone l individuo in contesti difficile, soprattutto in relazione al sentire comune, ma la Fathallah ha il gran pregio di far comprendere come il disturbo ossessivo compulsivo sia qualcosa che, bene o male, riguarda un po tutti La Scimmia penetra quando le condizioni sono favorevoli, e non bisogna essere schizofrenici per permetterle di subentrare, anzi. the depressing reality of anorexia nervosa I liked how it wasn t an overnight recovery, that Jess had to reach rock bottom before she could start getting better that part was very real and stayed true to real disorders the unit sounds horrible btw I disliked how she called anorexia a monkey Just sounded a bit cringey and odd in general Can t really decide if I actually liked this book or not In a way it was a good representation for people who never went through it.Control and lack of control at the same time, negative thoughts running through your mind constantly, ongoing obsession with numbers.It shows that even if someone recovers physically it doesn t mean they are OK mentally There s always a chance of relapse The book was OK, just far from being my favourite.