About

Instead of doing a mini-biography, I think I will share the history behind the name of my blog.

Books, as someone with an  English degree, integrated themselves in my life. I’ve been a voracious reader from an early age, blessed with parents who have encouraged my reading pursuits. Of course, I started with Harry Potter, but we all did, didn’t we? Books have always been my escape, inserting myself into a better self and a better world. Books drive my world.

Summergirl refers to a book that changed my life– “Wintergirls” by Laurie Halse Anderson. This book is the poetic and heart-wrenching story of a girl struggling with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and self-harms. This book saved my life. I don’t want to be dramatic, but I had been anorexic for three or four years. My lowest weight was me returning to the weight I had in the sixth grade. As I progressed through my disorder, began exercising compulsively, I felt like I was no longer an entity. I no longer had a voice. I ate my own voice since I was no longer eating food.

Therefore, Summergirl refers to the book. Since “the Wintergirls” are the two anorexic main characters stuck in their “snow drifts and bone prisons,” I decided the opposite of this was being a Summergirl. The Summergirl possesses a strong voice, who tells others what she needs and desires. A Summergirl isn’t ashamed to be who she wants to be.

“There is no magic cure, no making it all go away forever. There are only small steps upward: an easier day, an unexpected laugh, a mirror that doesn’t matter anymore. I am thawing.” – Anderson

Therefore, everyday I will continue my journey and share it with the world.

-a.b.

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6 responses to “About

  1. Editor Mindy

    Hello im a book lover as well. Hope to see u blog walking my blog.
    bookwormmindy.wordpress.com

  2. In my experience, English majors are always some of the most fun people to hang out with. They just think a little differently than the rest of the herd of humanity. Ha ha.

    Also, my wife went through an eating disorder as well. She wrote about it here if you’re interested:

    http://tlbflowllc.com/2012/02/13/and-i-was-running/

    Anyway, great blog! I’ve enjoyed reading through it!

    • Thank you very much! 😀 For both the English major comment and your comment about my blog overall.

      And, wow, thanks for sharing about your wife’s eating disorder. I would be lying to say that every day isn’t a struggle. It is reassuring to see what others have gone through though.

  3. To Live With All My Might

    Wintergirls is one of the most eye-opening and relatable books I have ever read, so I absolutely love the idea behind your name. Looking forward to reading more of your posts!

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