Lesbian Crushes and Bulimia: A Diary on How...
I'm presenting here how it all started, the beginning of my book. 'Lesbian Crushes and Bulimia' is a real-life diary portrayal of an obsessive nineteen year old lesbian, Natasha, whose internal homophobia, alongside infatuations with other women, bring her condemnation in both her gay and straight environments and drive her into a state of compulsive binge-eating and purging.
Described as "a compelling read" in the rite of passage genre by Helena Whitbread, editor of The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, Helena draws a parallel between this book and the classics, "Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger and "The Bell Jar" by Sylvia Plath.
Edited from detailed, encoded diary entries, the story begins in the summer of 1989. Natasha is obsessively, unrequitedly in love with her former teacher, Miss Williams, a love which she declares openly as a tattoo on her wrist. She meets Alex, a girl her own age, who questions her about the tattoo, revealing her own remarkably similar obsessive love for her former teacher, Miss Wilson. A romance blossoms between the two girls. Alex is slim and beautiful, Natasha is not.