Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Devil In The Details: Scenes From An Obsessive Girlhood by Jenny Traig

Title: Devil In the Details
Author: Jennifer Traig
Rating: ****/5

This book is Jenny Traig's bio of her childhood. It definitely wasn't a normal childhood- she had a religious type of OCD called scrupulosity, as well as other types of it too. I grabbed this book because I wanted to know more about OCD, but instead I ended up laughing my head off! From washing all her possesions because she thought they were "contaminated by her sister's bacon fumes" to feeding each stuffed animal every night, Jenny did it. She says she loved being a Jew because of all the rules- so many things for her to worry and obsess over!
Each chapter has an interstitial in it, which i thought were all really funny, such as a diagram showing how her sister's room is the "gateway to the underworld" because of all the bacon her sister, Vicky, ate, and sample SAT questions for obsessive-compulsives.
My very favorite part was her lining up her extensive collection of stuffed animals (alphabetically of course), taking a plastic egg bowl and a spoon, and giving a bite to each and every one of them, a nice treat of fresh air, and going, "abiteforyouabiteforyouabiteforyou" down the line. Only then, and after her unconventional prayer session involving aerobics at the end (:, could she go to bed.
A realy great thing about this book is that it makes you feel a little less crazy, and crazier at the same time. I do or used to do a lot of what Jenny did!
The only reason I didn't give this 5 is that I kind of lost attention sometimes, I don't know why, but only a few times. Definitely good.


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