Paperback: 180 pages
Publisher: Graphia; Original edition (October 18, 2010)
"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.
You know what I really hate? Not finishing a book because I didn't like it. I feel like a failure. And I feel like its not fair to the author. I also hate giving reviews on saying how much I hated the book that I only semi-finished. But I hated this book so much, that I don't really care. I've been dreading writing this for awhile now, but I just need to get this over with. Sooo, here it goes...
Hunger is only 174 pages long, and I didn't even finish it! Ugh, talk about a fail. It wasn't very well written at all! I was just so confused, Jackie Morse Kessler didn't make anything flow at all! I was so lost that I had to make sure many times that it wasn't the second book in the series. And I didn't like any of the characters. Lisa's dad was completely oblivious about everything, I mean, he didn't even realize how anorexic she was. But the character that annoyed me the most was the main character, Lisabeth. Its never a good sign when the main character makes you want to throw the book across the room and yell at it. (This almost happened actually...) The whole freaking time she is talking about how she wants a Hostess Cupcake or a french fry, etc. But she cant, because then she will get fat. And no joke, something like this goes through her mind when she is offered food: Brown rice, one hundred thirty-five calories. Steamed broccoli, two cups, fifty calories. One bite of chicken, thirty-six calories. Two hours on the exercise bike. I just rolled my eyes after every time she did that. When I think about, I mean really think about it, I cant come up with one thing I liked about this book. Harsh, yes I know. But I'm critiquing, am I not? I'm telling you what I thought of this book. And what I am trying to tell you is, this book was a huge disappointment.
But, I might just be overly picky on what I read. So if you have already read this book, and liked it, please comment and tell me what you liked about it! (:
P.S. I don't mean to be insensitive to anybody after this review. Maybe if you are going through a problem like Lisabeth is, you might be able to relate to her in some way. I however didn't see a point in reading about Lisa's disorder.
*A word to the parents, I didn't finish this book. But from what I read, there is some minor cursing, some kissing. And it deals with bulimia/anorexia.