I’m going to be really honest right now. When I asked Allison @ The Book Wheel for a “U”-titled suggestion in order to complete my A-Z Book Challenge, I was kind of underwhelmed about the idea of reading Unbearable Lightness by Portia de Rossi, the actress that I basically have no idea about except for the fact that she’s married to Ellen.
I was so wrong about my first impressions of this book. It was REALLY good.
Portia de Rossi (born Amanda Rogers, a name so boring and common that she wanted to change it in order to be unique) started out as a model then turned actress. From the time she was a young teenager, Portia battled with weight issues, dealing with forms of anorexia, bulimia, and extreme exercise and dieting.
She also was a closeted homosexual, hating basically everything about herself. But she knew it would be better once she reached that “perfect” weight.
Portia de Rossi really let you inside her mind for this novel. I’ve read books about eating disorders before, but I have to say, this is the first book where I UNDERSTOOD what was really going on inside the mind of someone with a severe eating disorder. She gave me a viewpoint that I hadn’t received before, and it was enlightening.
And the Epilogue was really good, discussing issues with dieting and her path to healing. Don’t skip it if you read the book.
The only thing I would warn you is that if you personally have battled an eating disorder, be careful about choosing to read this book. I felt like I understood Portia’s rationale, which could be challenging for someone who has dealt with an eating disorder, maybe even at some points reminding you as to why you felt that way in the first place. Read a sample first before making the decision to read Unbearable Lightness.
I loved this book, and sped through it. I really connected with it as a woman, since we are all thrown images of “perfect” women all the time. Should I gain weight? Lose weight? Have some plastic surgery? Go to the gym? Eat that cookie? Eat the vegetables?
Portia was able to find happiness and acceptance. And I know that once we’re all happy with ourselves as we are, then we can find the same.
Let’s build some self esteem here: What do you love about yourself?
Thanks for reading,