You Remind Me Of You: a poetry memoir
from the book...
There is love. There is harm. There is recovery.
For three years, Eireann Corrigan was in and out of treatment facilities for her eating disorders. By the time she graduated high school, her doctors said she was going to die if things didn't change. That July, her high school boyfriend attempted suicide. In one gunshot moment, everything was altered.
In a striking and honest voice, Eireann Corrigan recounts these events, finding meaning in the hurt, humor in the horror, and grace in the struggle that life demands. You Remind Me Of You is a testament to the binding ties of love and pain, and the strange paths we take to recovery.
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I've read You Remind Me of You, and I think it's so incredibly moving. I am reading a few of the pieces from it for forensics and I never get tired of reading them, and never lose the emotion. In fact these pieces are bringing me to state in forensics. I just think anyone who hears or reads You Remind Me of You will be deeply moved or touched. It's a powerful piece for sure!Allison
You Remind Me of You
is about the life of Eireen featuring depression, eating disorders, and
Eireann suffered from eating disorders, bad enough to be hospitalized;
Daniel, her boyfriend, attempted suicide brought on by the combination
depression, and LSD. Through the years of their relationship, they are
had experienced many problems, all starting with self-hatred. Her
suicide attempt goes wrong and she is needed to bring him back to full
In this smart, and heart-rending poetry memoir, author Eireann Corrigan
breathtakingly honest look at herself as she makes her way through
difficult times. We are invited through Eireann’s mind to try with her
understand the puzzling chain of events and emotions. Some poems are
thoughts, some are details of a particular day or interaction, and
the dialogue between her and an unnamed therapist.
You Remind Me of You
by Eireann Corrigan is an incredibly moving poetry memoir. The
last from one to three pages, and are filled with swirls of emotion and
is written in first person so Eireann, the "I," addresses Daniel, the
"you." This book has been written in such a powerful way that you are
swept away into her world and her life. As you read through Eireann’s
profoundly difficult times, you learn about the ways and different
takes to recovery. Overall this was a captivating book to read.
other people’s real life experiences and their way of life then
to your own is really interesting and shows how dramatically different
person’s life can be to another.
Suhani, Year 10, Canberra, Australia
book gives a view of various kinds of suffering. Eireann inflicts
herself and people close to her because of her obsessive attitude
weight. When her first boyfriend shoots himself, she suffers in a new
worries for him instead of herself; she is scared for his life. Then
boyfriend dies in a car crash, but the pain is of a different kind this
She does not grieve for Ben’s death as she would for David’s.
book is rather depressing at times and tragic throughout. More likely
not a good
read for the easily upset, but still a terrific book. I would give this
autobiographical novel 3/5. Perhaps best for ages 14 (at least) and up,
book is a definite heart-breaker.
You Remind Me of
You is a true
story based on the life of Eireann Corrigan while she battled eating
To make matters worse, her boyfriend, who she is deeply in love with,
suicide and not only does she have to deal with her own problems, now
she has to
deal with his.
Even though this true story is depressing,
it is a
great read and an eye opener into the world of people with eating
While reading this book I was the girl with the eating disorder,
pain, hunger, depression and even feeling like all hope of life was
as this book is depressing and opens the mind to such strong issues, I
recommend it to those aged of fourteen and above, because to enjoy the
must know a few things about things such as eating disorders.
I really enjoyed reading this book; I was
with poems and their depth. Eireann Corrigan has told her story using
poems which I found to be very easy to read and I found the way she
very moving; I would pause and just think for a while before reading
line because each line had an effect over me. I love this book and will
it for the rest of my life.
Sonja, Year 9, Canberra, Australia
You Remind Me Of You is the memoirs of Eireann Corrigan written in the form of a verse novel. This story is about Eireann as a teenager struggling not only with life but with an eating disorder. Eireann starts out having small phobias such as becoming fat to having full-blown anorexia and this all happens within the first few sections.
Daniel, her newly found boyfriend, is also dealing with similar problems; this is because he is on the high school wrestling team. Having this in common allows them to be closer and compels them to depend on each other more than usual. One day after she’s in a school play she gets admitted into hospital for the first time. She meets new people who have the same or similar conditions as her but they all have their own stories. Even though their friendships were based on their connection with eating disorders they all seemed to understand each other more and with this they get to know each other and become closer.
While she was in hospital all she could think of was when the next time she would be able to crouch over the toilet and push her fingers down her throat. When she finally makes an acceptable weight she is released. That night, after her dinner, she goes straight to her bathroom. She relapses and gets sent back to hospital, although the next time she is released she doesn’t turn to her old ways and instead decides to make a future for herself. She goes off to college and in doing this she leaves Daniel behind to cope with the world on his own. While she’s off in another state she meets a boy called Ben. Then one night she and Ben decide to go out to the movies, as they check the movie times in the newspaper, she glances at the headline on the front page. When she finally takes a closer look she sees Daniels name and address. He tried to commit suicide, but failed. From then on she feels as if her life is going down hill.
Eireann tells her story as if it’s her own
diary. She pours out every detail of what she was thinking, feeling and
experiencing. I found myself really interested in what happens when she
hospital. I think this was because it was fascinating to find out the
she and the other patients they avoided eating food. An example would
character, Laura, putting her egg noodles into her boot or the whole
smearing their butter on the bottoms of their seats.
I thought that it would have been better
could have told us more on how the issues had ended with the things
felt weighted down by, but as this is a true story she may not have
been able to
include these factors because there may not have been any closure. I
confused about what sort of eating disorder she had, most of the signs
point toward just anorexia but the fact that she was making herself
could indicate that she was suffering from bulimia as well.
I thought this book was well written but
her choice of
words sometimes made sentences confusing. This book is very thought
if you haven’t read any books that are in the same or similar genre to
it could be a bit challenging to read.
Josie, Year 10, Canberra, Australia