December 29, 2010 at 12:48 pm 2 comments

Our winter reading program, 6 Weeks – 6 Books, is already in week four!    If you want to participate, make sure to grab a book log next time you’re at the library.

“I was stuck in a world of hurt, and the only thing that cleared my head was more pulling.  And so the hurting continued.”

Marni’s addiction to pulling out her hair – eyebrows, eyelashes, bangs – began so innocently she didn’t know she was addicted to the rush until it was far too late.  Her pulling made her feel alive, gave her a way to escape the hurts of daily life  and go into a trance, coming back to reality only to find a pile of hair in front of her and a nearly bald patch somewhere on her head.  Now in college, Marni tries to figure out exactly why pulling was her coping mechanism of choice. 

My Review:  You might be surprised to find out that this book is an unflinching memoir by a real-life sufferer of trichotillomania, an impulse control disorder that causes people to pull out their hair.   

The book is a surprisingly funny and honest look at all the rejections, disappointments, and cruelties that caused Marni to pull in the first place.  Although you can tell Marni is looking back from a better place in her life (she was 19 when she wrote the book), it still made me sad and angry for her when her dad basically ignored her existence, her own teachers berated and mocked her, and her friends turned against her. 

Marni shows how someone can seem okay on the outside, but secretly holds so much hurt and pain on the inside that they don’t want others to see.  If you like emotional reads and true stories, give the compelling, emotionally real Marni by Marni Bates a try.   We have three other books in this series of teen autobiographies, so check them out in the teen nonfiction section.  To get a glimpse of Marni’s life now, check out her blog.



Entry filed under: book reviews, new books, nonfiction.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Charice  |  January 2, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    When you say return the 6 weeks 6 books log by January 15 does that mean you have to turn it in before that date or can you turn it in after January 15 because I am confused

    • 2. Winfield Library Staff  |  January 4, 2011 at 10:33 am

      Hi Charice,
      You do have to return the completed book log by Saturday, January 15. 6 Weeks – 6 Books started on December 6, so January 15 will be the end of the 6 weeks. I’ll draw the prize winners the following Monday, January 17.


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