About a month or so ago I received a copy of ‘The Girls at 17 Swann Street’ from St. Martin’s Press. I had seen their Facebook advertisements for free copies, and knowing what the book was about, thought I would request one.
If you have ever suffered from a self-image issue, this book cuts right to the core of it.
The Girls at 17 Swann Street is a story about seven girls who live at 17 Swann Street. This location is a residential treatment facility for young women suffering from anorexia or bulimia.
The viewpoint is fresh, candid, and overall heartbreaking. I thought I was prepared for the roller coaster this book was going to take me on and I think I may have over-judged my ability to be ready for it.
Currently sitting at page 51 and I know I made the right choice to read this book. It is changing my own self-image vantage point and providing me with greater compassion for those that suffer from these struggles.
While I do not suffer from either of these disorders, I do believe that there is a greater implication on the society as a whole where girls and women, alike, are being programmed to believe their image is not worthy. We are regularly shown “perfect” women. Those we are expected to strive to look like. Weight is brandished on us like a tattoo and we are always comparing ourselves.
Its about time we take back that perspective and find acceptance with ourselves for the way we look, lift others up around us that need the support, and always watch out for those that may be struggling with eating disorders.
We are all beautiful and its time we remember to tell one another that.
This is what I will be reading throughout the week and sharing my thoughts and impressions about the book. If you have a comment or question, please leave it below.