book review: unbearable lightness

February 24, 2011


One week ago I ordered Portia de Rossi’s Unbearable Lightness from Amazon. Yesterday, I finished the book. It was one of those compelling reads that you just can’t put down. I woke up, I read a chapter. I went to bed, I read two chapters. On my lunch break, I squeezed in a few pages in between bites of my sandwich. I was completely hooked from the first page.

This. Book. Was. A. maz. ing.

Why did I love it so much? Why could I not stop reading it? Why am I raving so much about it? Why do I feel so refreshed by it? Here are just a few reasons why this book has instantly become one of my favorites:

  • It’s raw and honest. Portia holds nothing back. Although at first I was put off by her use of numbers–her weight, her calorie intake, her body measurements–I soon realized that it was necessary to the story. Without that perspective, the story wouldn’t have the powerful impact that it has.
  • It’s accurate. As someone with a history of anorexia, binge eating, distorted body image and extreme obsession with my physical appearance, I felt understood. I felt understood as I read each word on the page because I knew, even though I never want to feel those feelings or be that person again, someone else got it. It’s comforting to know that you’re not alone.
  • It’s secular. This book has given me a greater perspective on eating disorders because it’s not written through the lens of Christianity. I’m thankful that I can now better grasp what it’s like for a girl to struggle in such darkness without the hope and comfort of a loving God. As believers, I think it’s essential that we are exposed to non-Christian literature and points of view. At the end of the day, how are we going to meet someone where they’re at if we don’t even try to understand where they’re at?
  • It ends well. I won’t give away any specifics for those of you who are yet to read it, but I will say that it has a wonderful ending. Gotta love that.

Have you read this book yet? What are your thoughts?

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  • Reply Raquel February 25, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Thanks. Ordering right now!

  • Reply Natalie February 25, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Good! I can’t wait to hear what you think of it.

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