BOOK REVIEW: The Real Me is Thin by Arabella Weir
I'm a big fan of memoirs. Caitlin Moran's How to Be a Woman was the last non-fiction book I read, and I couldn't put it down. I'm always in search of more, and when I found out about Arabella Weir's book, The Real Me is Thin, I couldn't wait to read it. Having enjoyed Arabella's earlier novel Does My Bum Look Big in This?, I knew that her memoir was going to be a good read.
In The Real Me is Thin, Arabella explores the issue that has plagued her since her childhood - her weight. She begins by offering an honest account of her childhood, in which she was constantly made aware of her weight by her parents. A teenager who knew at a young age that she was considered 'fat', Arabella began her lifelong battle with food, continuously attempting to lose weight and feel secure in her own body.
For young Arabella, food was her enemy, and it would be considered a treat to be able to eat something that she liked - setting her up for a life of dieting and weight-loss regimes. In the book, Arabella examines society's attitudes to eating disorders, obesity and social acceptance, in her usual witty way. Anyone who has ever had a negative thought about their body will relate to her stories.
The Real Me is Thin is an interesting book. Arabella's truthful accounts, sometimes harsh but always written with the amusement that has shone through in her previous books, often left me feeling shocked - especially at the attitudes of her parents. Yet Arabella seems to have learnt from them as an example of what not to do, and has brought up her own children with a healthy attitude to food.
This book is a thoroughly enjoyable read, and if you're a fan of Arabella's humorous, tell-it-like-it-is style, you'll certainly like this memoir.