Thursday, November 18, 2010

Hunger - A Review

Hunger - Jackie Morse Kessler (Netgalley)

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: October 2010
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Format: Paperback , 177pp
  • Sales Rank: 58,258
  • Age Range: 12


"Thou art the Black Rider. Go thee out unto the world."

Lisabeth Lewis has a black steed, a set of scales, and a new job: she’s been appointed Famine. How will an anorexic seventeen-year-old girl from the suburbs fare as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?

Traveling the world on her steed gives Lisa freedom from her troubles at home—her constant battle with hunger, and her struggle to hide it from the people who care about her. But being Famine forces her to go places where hunger is a painful part of everyday life, and to face the horrifying effects of her phenomenal power. Can Lisa find a way to harness that power—and the courage to fight her own inner demons?

A wildly original approach to the issue of eating disorders, Hunger is about the struggle to find balance in a world of extremes, and uses fantastic tropes to explore a difficult topic that touches the lives of many teens.

My Thoughts:

This was a short, quick read about a subject I think is an incredibly important one. I think at one point or another everyone experiences feelings like the main character does, especially girls. I think Jackie did a good job on the story. Letting us see Lisa's struggles with food, family, friends, her inner voice. To top it off she did it in a way that was new and interesting. I liked seeing how Lisa developed from near death to wanting to live, to wanting to fight to live, to reach for that strength we all posses inside, no matter how hidden you might think it is.

Author's website: Jackie Morse Kessler


Ryan G said...

I would have to agree that is sounds like an interesting take on the subject. Eating disorders seem to be on the rise so I think it's great that it's an issue being addressed in a slightly different way that may appeal to someone who would not normally read a book on the subject.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

This is not really a book I wouldn't read. But I have to agree these are topics that need to be talked about. If anyone suffers from these they need to talk with someone to get help. Great review.

Julie @ Knitting and Sundries said...

Thanks for the review; the premise of this sounds really interesting. Even my own Not-So-Bebe-Girl Autumn, at not even 100 pounds, complains if she gains a pound.