As I mentioned in my 2018 Reading list and in my 18 Goals for 2018 post, I’m hoping to get more reading done this year. I’ve managed to finish my first book and today I thought I’d share a little review on what I thought. If you’ve read this book before, I would love to hear your own comments below! Today’s review is on It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell.
Book Review: It Was Me All Along
This memoir follows Andie Mitchell through a tough childhood filled with hardships and emotional eating. We then move through the years of grade school, high school, college, and beyond where Andie learns more about herself, learns how to be healthier, and works through both the physical and emotional hurdles of losing weight, keeping it off, and finding the balance of enjoying food/ keeping the weight off.
Things I Loved
So many times throughout this book my heart ached for Andie. I felt the torment of feeling self conscious in grade school, being made fun of by others, and not knowing how to be healthier. Hearing her personal struggles with her family and how it changed her relationship to food was really relatable. I found myself completely rooting for her while she so desperately wanted to be healthy and happy in her own skin but kept failing, unable to keep her weight off.
Time abroad, learning to cook, and learning to love food and enjoy movement was crucial in her getting better. I really related to this on a personal level too. Hearing her describe food made my mouth water and as a foodie to the core, I loved her descriptive writing of food. In fact, I loved her whole writing style throughout the book. It was a breeze to read through and her point of view made me want to keep reading, reading, reading.
Would I Recommend?
Overall, I’d really recommend this book to anyone looking for a good memoir. She seems like that kind of person who you’d be instant friends with. You’ll root for her, cry with her, and want to spit on the people who make fun of her. I loved how much I could relate to her as she learned about being healthy and learned to love to cook. The same thing happened to me in my own health journey. Maybe sometime I should sit down and type out my own journey to balance. Would you all be interested in hearing about that?
The only thing that was unsatisfying was how the book ended as far as her relationship with long-time boyfriend (now her husband) Daniel. Apparently she broke up with him which is kind of where things ended in the book, but they got back together in real life and are now married. I was happy to read that update on her blog, but sad that the book kind of ended on a sour note for the two of them. But, overall this book was great and now I kind of want to stalk her blog, buy her cookbook, and eat dairy free versions of everything she bakes haha!
What are you reading right now? Thoughts on It Was Me All Along?
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Next up, I’ll be reading “Taste”! Grab your copy so we can discuss it!