Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
God, this was so heartbreaking. I’m not even sure what to say about this or how to express what I’m thinking and feeling. My thoughts are all jumbled up at the moment. I rarely read memoirs, but when I read the summary of this one, I knew I had to read this. I listened to the audiobook and hearing Roxane Gay read her memoir made it a much more emotional journey.
She’s the victim of horrible, violent acts that no woman should have to face. Although I can’t relate to obesity, I can relate to some of her psychological struggles, especially self-image and anxiety issues. The media is constantly telling us that we’ll finally be happy when we have these thin, perfect bodies. I’m as annoyed by this message as Roxane. I’m one of those people who’s on a perpetual diet that she discusses. She set her bar low in her life, because she didn’t think she deserved anything better in life. That I can relate to, but for different reasons. I understand how hard it is when your self-perception is off. We keep these walls up to protect ourselves and it’s difficult when you reach that moment when you must knock them down. I hope Roxane Gay realizes that she’s a strong, courageous woman who’s worthy of all the wonderful things that life has to offer.