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Thursday, October 7, 2010

T2T: Hunger

Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler

Grade: 3.8 / 4 stars out of 5
Lisabeth Lewis has always thought herself to be too fat; always counting the number of calories per meal and how many sit-ups, push-ups, or hours on the bike should she do to counteract the calories. Just when she was tired, too tired of life, Death comes knocking on her door and giving her the job of Famine. 
Hunger is a small book—novella?—but packs a lot in. The story is told through a point of view of a girl dealing with anorexia and self-denial. The folklore (or was it mythology) of the Apocalyptical Horsemen brings another dimension to the novel that was definitely new and creative. Hunger was a novella of irony where Lisa, the Horsemen of Famine, who has trouble dealing with her own hunger, helps the world with theirs. But the greatest was how becoming Famine helped Lisa discover her own problems with anoxia.

I think another aspect that I really enjoyed about Hunger was the friendships and family members that surrounded Lisa. It many cases the readers find a lack of family support or people questioning the health of the main character. In the cases of novels involving anoxia and bulimia we follow the healing process and not the coming-to-terms process.

My questions are, however, how did Death come to choose Lisa as the bearer of Famine? Whatever happened to Tammy, Lisa’s friend who was bulimic?

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Source: ARC from Graphia for Traveling to Teens Tours
Published: October 18, 2010 paperback
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a portion of the proceeds from Hunger will be donated to National Eating Disorders Association

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