How to Disappear Completely

How to Disappear Completely

Kelsey Osgood / Jun 27, 2019

How to Disappear Completely At fourteen Kelsey Osgood became fascinated by the stories of women who starved themselves She devoured their memoirs and magazine articles committing the most salacious details of their cautionary

  • Title: How to Disappear Completely
  • Author: Kelsey Osgood
  • ISBN: 9780715647530
  • Page: 425
  • Format: Paperback
  • At fourteen, Kelsey Osgood became fascinated by the stories of women who starved themselves She devoured their memoirs and magazine articles, committing the most salacious details of their cautionary tales to memory how little they ate, their lowest weights, and their merciless exercise regimes to learn what it would take to be the very best anorectic When she was hospAt fourteen, Kelsey Osgood became fascinated by the stories of women who starved themselves She devoured their memoirs and magazine articles, committing the most salacious details of their cautionary tales to memory how little they ate, their lowest weights, and their merciless exercise regimes to learn what it would take to be the very best anorectic When she was hospitalized for anorexia at fifteen, she found herself in an existential wormhole how can one suffer from something one has actively sought out Through her own decade long battle with anorexia, which included three lengthy hospitalizations, Osgood harrowingly describes the haunting and competitive world of inpatient facilities populated with other adolescents, some as young as ten years old.With attuned storytelling and unflinching introspection, Kelsey Osgood unpacks the modern myths of anorexia, examining the cult like underbelly of eating disorders in the young, as she chronicles her own rehabilitation How to Disappear Completely is a brave, candid and emotionally wrenching memoir that explores the physical, internal, and social ramifications of eating disorders and subverts many of the popularly held notions of the illness and, most hopefully, the path to recovery.

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    1. It's definitely time for me to give up on this genre. Again I really started out wanting to like this book, and I was interested in reading a candid analysis of the eating disorder treatment subculture. In the end the author does what I find so frustrating in all the other memoirs--generalizes her experiences as THE universal recovery experience. I can appreciate that she is trying to remove the glamor of illness and provide criticism, but she does so without complexity or nuance (let alone comp [...]


    2. If you're just looking at the back-cover copy or various other blurbs, it's very hard to tell what this book is about, so I'll try to summarize briefly. This book is about the culture of anorexia—not just about the disease itself, but about how the many books, movies, articles, websites, and TV shows about it affect and even harm women and girls in the name of education and awareness. It's also about how the culture of inpatient eating disorder programs can actually lead to competition and com [...]


    3. I try not to give star ratings to books I haven't completely finished, but I think I got enough of the flavor of this one to confidently star it. My review is long and rambling and full of gifs; find it here.


    4. I found this book to be frustrating. I think Kelsey Osgood makes some good points about how literature about eating disorders can glamorize the illness rather than serve as a "reader beware." Osgood makes the assertion that she will not include specific behaviors that detail the means to which she achieved weight loss, etc. She does this by avoiding talking about what led up to the hospital, but rather focuses on the hospital itself. While I'm sure her intentions were good, this book feels like [...]


    5. Myopic, snooty, and with such a lack of insight that it pained me to see this to the end. I'm in concert with everyone else here who's critiqued Osgood's universalizing and alienating (read: elitist) rhetoric throughout. I'd also add that the extreme binary thinking she displays applies also to the ridiculousness of her referring to certain nurses as "Carribbean," "Asian, and "African American" -- when she never EVER qualifies that all of the other personages are white. Also, her whirlwind rant [...]


    6. Premise-wise, Osgood sets out to do something that is far too uncommon in this type of memoir: she seeks to tell her story without numbers and in a way that will not be triggering, that will not glamorise eating disorders. I've read others that set out to do the same (if less explicitly), but they are unfortunately the exception rather than the rule. (I'll add, since I've read a metric fucktonne of these, that I'm pretty desensitised, but that doesn't mean I don't notice.) So I love that that's [...]


    7. I'd had some great luck recently with reading Anorexia recovery accounts. Going Hungry and Gaining were life changing. I read the back and was really interested in How to Disappear Completely. However, upon reading it I found it difficult to get through, not in that "telling hard truths for personal growth" way but in that "holy crap this is triggering the daylights out of me" kind of way.Initially it seemed like a solid premise and presents as being overall pro-recovery. She talks about her str [...]


    8. I read this book a couple of weeks ago and am still thinking about it. I usually steer away from memoirs but this book is so much more than that. The author, a recovering anorexic, spends more time writing about the why people become anorexic than rehashing her experience. Yes, she ended up in therapy and in the hospital, but it was her decision to anorexic that I think brings out the "why this book is different" and makes it well worth reading. Osgood says she just decided one day as a preteen [...]


    9. Never having suffered an eating disorder (I love food way too much to abuse it), I have however read quite a few books on the subject. This author goes out of her way (many, many times) to explain why HER anorexia book is different than all the others. Obsessed with the book Wasted, she refers to it throughout the book (along with Prozac Nation, which, okay??) and explains how detrimental the other books are (unlike hers). She claims to not want to glamorize the disease and by never giving her w [...]


    10. The only thing good about this book was how it directed me to not read Wasted. I immediately returned the shaming book and bought Hornbacher instead.


    11. TW: As far as trigger warnings go there are no numbers but it is important to pace yourself and possibly take a step back for a breather if you feel triggered or distressed. How To Disappear Completely: On Modern Anorexia is just that, a memoir of modern anorexia with all the tricky bits - touching, for example, on the explosion of pro-anorexia, subsequent wannarexia and what they mean for sufferers in all stages of sickness and recovery.Osgood is frank about the formulation and lifespan of her [...]


    12. Author Kelsey Osgood actively pursued anorexia. She describes how, at the age of fourteen, mesmerized by books about eating disorders, she set out to become anorexic. Mission accomplished. Bravo! (I'm being snarky people!) In the process she discovered anorexia is not as glamorous as it once seemed. Osgood spends a fair amount of time criticizing other eating disorder centered "literature" for its romanticization of the disease. Her contention being that such fare fosters eating disorders. Altho [...]


    13. Kelsey Osgood's eating disorder memoir a special one, because it is not only a commentary on eating disorder memoirs themselves, but it is a genuinely good criticism of recovery culture and modern anorexic life. Osgood strays as far from "triggers" as she can, making a point to never list her sick weight or caloric intake. Yes, one could say that the book is still upsetting to those with eating disorders, but I would argue that any eating disorder book is going to inevitably trigger the brain of [...]


    14. i read the ARC (after seeing it and nearly buying it new at b&n, i realized, upon looking at the author photo, that i had met this woman and gotten a signed arc at BEA - i just had to locate it)so. i believe that kelsey osgood can write well. i just didn't, personally, like the way she organized this book. i just wasn't sure what the point was. she told some personal stories, but that wasn't even half of it. she seemed mainly to pontificate on what was good and bad about the ana books out th [...]


    15. While I commend Osgood on coming forward and telling her story about anorexia, I felt that this book was more of a critique on how anorexia is developing as being "trendy" and the new concept of "wannarexia". There is not much science to back up her arguments, and this book read more like a term paper than a memoir or personal account.



    16. The irony of this book is that Osgood tried so hard to show why her memoir was going to be less triggering/damaging/salacious than the others but she ended up providing me with a fairly comprehensive list of books I would rather read. I immediately bought Wasted and am reading it now, finding it both more of a deterrent to disordered behaviour than How to Disappear Completely, and more of a compelling read.It's frustrating to read a book with such an admirable goal - Osgood wanted to deconstruct [...]


    17. Very good book that combines the authors story with research and commentary on how the digital world has changed young people's ideas about anorexia. Especially concerning is the pro-ana movement (people who view anorexia as a lifestyle choice and promote it with glamorized photos; detailed information on how to starve yourself, hide the extent of your weight loss from loved ones, and encouraging competitiveness related to how sick each person can get.) Eye-opening and also helpful if you have a [...]


    18. This was an interesting book, and I've read a couple of the books it refers to. Its a memoir of anorexia without all of the 'how-to' that a lot of the other memoirs have included. I did like its exploration of how girls get to anorexia in the first place, and I agreed with some of her ideas. If you've read Wasted by Marya Hornbacher, this book is a good compliment to it.


    19. I was gonna give it a 2 bc it made me feel attacked and insulted, but-hey- I read it in about a day, which says something. And the end really got me. It may even deserve more stars or maybe fewer? I'm confused at this but it left me thinking and made me feel the feels. Soooooo. onward.



    20. I can truthfully say that this book has changed my life.I look at things different, in a good way.Even if u r not into memoirs/ non- fiction I just have to read this one


    21. In my personal belief I think Kelsey did a good job of telling her side of the story, without mentioning anything that would trigger someone with Anorexia. Kelsey also doesn't glamorise or tells how Anorexia is a "life-style", and isn't pro-ana. Kelsey also tells how it's like having the perspective of being Anorexic and what she felt like at times when she was dealing with that disorder. I also enjoyed the realistic view she tries to give towards her readers, and what she's trying to teach the [...]


    22. How to Disappear Completely: On Modern Anorexia was an unfocused and contradictory biography of Kelsey Osgood's experience of anorexia. I understand her real concerns that the market is already saturated with biographies of this illness; I have read plenty to recognise the validity of this statement. However, I was not certain if she in turn wanted to write perhaps a general guide of anorexia as Osgood will tell her about her experience before her writing switches into a third person perspective [...]


    23. Although some parts in this book read decent, I was surprised how overwritten and insufficiently edited the whole book was. All bits thrown here were rather like notes and passing thoughts on or anecdotes of remotely connected, or off focus or even irrelevant, in a threshold. These were all mashed up and put it a vague category of 'young women and anorexia, or me.' What exasperated me was that this was half way through either as journalism on a cult of the lightweight championship and its worshi [...]


    24. The author vows to be different in her memoir about her battle with anorexia and never tell you her lowest weight, thereby not encouraging "wannarexia" among her readers. Don't worry - she didn't need to supply the number. She made it clear that she was more than just a 'wannabe' - she was a true anorexic, complete with peach fuzz and the enviable NY treatment hospitals where 'true' cases end up. Even though she assures us she's over it, she's clearly still competitive, which is just sad. I want [...]


    25. Some of the reviewers argue that Osgood says that anorexia is not a disease - this is patently false. She doesn't say that at all - she says that what makes anorexia so insidious as a disease is that it often does not feel like one, that it can feel like a quest of sorts instead, and that aspects of our culture validate and romanticize anorexia. I think she made several excellent points, and some of it was quite interesting. However, while I think that much of what she said was spot-on, I think [...]


    26. Not a book you'd want to read if you want to get to know more about anorexia in a clinical sense, but a good memoir nonetheless. The personal anecdotes give good examples on the thought processes eating disorder sufferers go through. It's like half-memoir, half-commentary on anorexia and the existing literature on it. Osgood's writing is heartfelt and critical. She makes an effort to be very sensitive about the topic and tries to speak of it in a light that is more realistic, daunting, and dange [...]


    27. I liked Kelsey Osgood's conversational tone and how easy the book was to read- but toward the end it started dragging on (maybe because I tried to read it all in one go) and I skimmed a bit. It was courageous of her to dissect her illness so much, including all the parts of the preanorexia and onset that can often be seen as more shameful. At times it felt like she was still struggling to justify the validity of her sickness but I empathize with her a lot on that subject. While she aimed not to [...]


    28. I really had to push myself to finish this book. I felt that she was condescending and VERY judgmental. She kept going on and on about Wasted which I felt was very rude to that author's work. She also kept bashing the documentary Thin which I felt was a WAY more accurate depiction of the disease. Seemed she was bragging that SHE would tell a true account of anorexia but instead it was this blurry, confusing account that was very preachy and not at all clear. It was all over the place with no cle [...]


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