Crystal Renn pens her story about being a young model, struggling with her appetite and finally embracing her curves. Read “Hungry A Young Model’s Story of Appetite, Ambition and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves” by Crystal Renn with Rakuten Kobo. Now available in. Crystal Renn is an American fashion model and author. Contents. 1 Personal life; 2 Career Renn has authored a book, Hungry: A Young Model’s Story of Appetite, Ambition and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves, about her experiences in the.

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Marjorie Ingall Goodreads Author Hungru. An inspiring and cautionary tale for women vrystal all ages, Hungry is an uplifting memoir with a universal message about body image, beauty and self-confidence. Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Hungryplease sign up. For those who have read Hungry: Is there a story plot or is it just facts and fact and facts.? See 1 question about Hungry…. Lists with This Book. Aug 11, Christina rated it it was ok Shelves: Crystal Renn’s story is very interesting. And extremely important for people – especially young girls – to hear.

The moral of Renn’s story: Be yourself, be comfortable in your own skin, and good things will happen to you. But this book was definitely not the best way it could be told. It’s poorly written, and just as poorly edited. The chronology is unclear in many places and conf Crystal Renn’s story is very interesting.

The chronology is unclear in many places and confusing: In one paragraph, Renn is breaking up with a boy in 9th grade, and she’s in 7th grade in the next paragraph.

The narrative is overspiced with quotes from Important People. The quotes relate, but they seem like a little too much – like Renn or Marjorie Ingall the “Self” writer who helped Renn write the book is trying to say, “Look at me. She then talks throughout the rest of the book about that emptiness. If it’s not related, and this is a book about starving yourself to achieve, why talk about it?? This is supposed to be a memoir which focuses on an event in a person’s life and not an autobiography which tells all the details of a person’s life.

The narrative is interesting, nonetheless, until about half way through the book. At just about the half-way point, Renn and Ingall break the narrative to go into a page analysis of when super-skinny became popular in fashion and why it’s still popular. This book is a little over pages, so that’s about 10 percent of the whole book! There are lots of statistics and informational tidbits that could have been much more effective if they had been incorporated into the narrative.


I honestly can’t imagine a teenage girl reading all of this stuff, especially since I had a really difficult time slogging through it.

And then, a few pages later, Renn and Ingall go on a fat-is-not-always-unhealthy diatribe that borders on hating-on-thin-people. They talk about healthy body weight, “set point,” how some people are genetically predisposed to be fat, etc.

These kind of diatribes always annoy me because they tend to also say that thin is not healthy. I’m a skinny person from a family of fatties, including an aunt who a doctor once called “morbidly obese. They might be genetically predisposed to be bigger I’ve known a lot of people who arebut they get REALLY big because they don’t exercise and don’t eat right. All she drinks is Diet Coke. And she wonders why she’s diabetic and her hair breaks off when it reaches her shoulders.

My parents are both genetically predisposed to be thinner and were thin into their 30s. But now they drink Rutter’s iced tea which is basically gallons of high fructose corn syrupeat lots of potatoes and potato chips and chocolate.

And they sit in front of the TV pretty much all day, getting up only to go to work where they then sit all day or to bed. People aren’t supposed to live like that! Renn’s diatribe seems really ridiculous when you learn later that she smokes and barely exercises.

The narrative returns for a little bit, only to be interrupted again by complaints about thin people. I read the first page of the last chapter and then skimmed the rest We need to stop saying things like “thin is in” and “it’s OK to be fat” and “real women have curves.

Why didn’t the editors make them fix these problems? The book is so sloppy that I can’t help but wonder if it was rushed to press to capitalize on the fat-is-OK trend in some fashion magazines right now. I wish Renn and Ingall had taken it a little slower and been a little more careful The book could have been really awesome. View all 9 comments. Feb 06, Caroline rated it it was ok Shelves: Renn’s story is interesting, shocking, and ultimately inspiring, but the writing is poor.

At no point was I expecting great literature, but I am finished with reading ghostwritten celebrity memoirs and celebrity memoirs that aren’t ghostwritten, if such things exist. At least Renn was wholly open and honest. By the end, I was only left wondering about her mom. She talked about her a lot throughout the first half or so but left her out completely during the second half.

It would have been nice to know what their relationship was like especially her mom’s reaction to Renn’s anorexia and anorexia athletica during Renn’s modeling years when she was a “straight-size” a. It was refreshing to read Renn’s thoughts on weight and the American cultural attitude toward weight and that she’s not only at peace with her life now but genuinely happy. I was struck by how easily she conquered her demons. She didn’t need therapy. She simply stopped the insanity.


One day she began really eating again and stopped going to the gym altogether. I don’t believe most suffering from eating disorders can go this route. Therefore, although this book is interesting, I can’t say it’s the right one to place in the hands of anyone suffering from an eating disorder as it can set unrealistic expectations. As someone who has often struggled with personal body image and self-loathing, it was a poignant book for me to read. To read how Crystal starved and exercised herself to skeletal results, and later embraced health and happiness by accepting her body was an eye-opener.

I could eat anything I wanted to. I was running so much mileage and burning so many calories, a plate full of spaghetti or an extra helping of dessert never bothered me. I hovered around lbs.

As a runner, all my friends were stick figures. Pretty stick figures that I wanted to emulate. But I never had a problem with my weight, I was happy with how I looked, and I never felt fat. In college, the Freshman Fifteen arrived, and stuck around. I was suddenly miserable; my metabolism had finally caught up to me. I had curves I’d never had before, natural curves that I could have seen as feminine and beautiful, but I refused to embrace them. By the time I quit running my junior yeargraduated, and got married, I’d put on another fifteen pounds.

Been doing the math? We’re up to now. My wedding dress was a problem. I’d bought it after graduation, but gained weight during Jon’s deployment to Iraq.

I left the dress in Indiana, refusing to try it on again, in denial of the added pounds. A month before the wedding, my mother insisted that I try on the dress, and I did, though I could barely breathe in it.

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When she expressed concern, I shrugged it off, chalking it up to being bloated and saying I had a month to get slimmed down. The weight loss never happened. Two days before my wedding, my mother again made me try on the dress again. I couldn’t breathe in the dress that I was supposed to wear on the happiest day of my life. Bursting into tears, I left the dress in a pile on the floor. Mom has always been conscious of my weight, but not in any way that is intentionally cruel.

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She does not want me to be unhealthy, and she wants me to uungry confident and happy with the way I look. That day, however, I felt I had failed her, and everyone else who was arriving for my wedding day. The hero of that day was my father. Dad has struggled with his weight for years, and seeing his daughter so distraught sent him into action.