Thursday, November 4, 2010

Hunger by Jackie Kessler

Lisabeth is anorexic.  She doesn't want to admit how deeply she's gone, and how badly the disease has taken its toll on her relationship with her friends, family, and boyfriend.  One night she decides to end it all, and before she can finish downing her pills Death delivers her an option, she can continue to live if she takes on the mantel of the fourth horsemen of the Apocalypse.  She must become Famine.

Once again, I really was excited for the premise of this book, and I couldn't wait to read it.  I also love the cover, but I really though this book did not completely live up to its potential.  I don't think there was enough lead up for Lisa and her situation.  I also think that the characters were kind of simple.  The end did get pretty awesome though, and the dedication after the story, the fact that Lisa was sort of a based on a real person that the author knew at one point in time, that was amazingly touching. 

I do think that many teen girls will be able to relate to Lisa.  I can really see where she is coming from with her eating disorder, and I can even see part of her issues reflected in my normal thinking.  So, I can see how this book would be good for girls with anorexia and other eating disorders.

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