Author: Jackie Morse Kessler
Genre: Teen Fiction, Eating Disorders Fiction, Fantasy
Publication Date: October 18, 2010
Publisher Book: Graphia
ISBN Book: 9780547341248
Source: Received copy for review from library vendor. This is my honest review.
Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
One night while attempting to overdose, a strange delivery man delivers a set of scales to Lisabeth Lewis and informs her that she is Famine and states, "Thou art the Black Rider; go thee out unto the world." Lisabeth, suffering from anorexia, now sees a horse in her backyard no one else can see, and is the proud owner of a set of magic scales. But how does one become Famine, one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, when she can't even control her own life?
This book took me by surprise. When I first read the premise, I wasn't sure what to think of the book. It seemed to be a fantasy wrapped up in a book about a girl with an eating disorder. I tend to prefer my serious issue fiction separate from my fantasy, but I thought I would give it a try. I am glad I did.
This short book, is a prize. Kessler smoothly incorporates the fantasy and realistic elements. Lisa is a believable realistic heroine, who suffers from anorexia. She knows how many calories are in every bite of food, and sees nothing but a fat girl in the mirror. Turning this unlikely girl into Famine was a stroke of genius.
While the supporting characters are not as well developed as Lisa, they served their purpose and helped guide the reader through Lisa's story. I loved the character of Death, and really wanted to know more about him and the other horsemen.
This book was quirky and fun in parts, but didn't shy away from the more serious aspects of the eating disorder. I especially liked how Kessler handled the ending of the book, it felt both realistic and right for this novel. Hunger definitely takes a unique approach to a book about eating disorders, but one that informs and educates all the while making it more lighthearted than other novels on the topic.
Hunger comes out October 18, 2010. Now, if I can just get my hands on a copy of the sequel, Rage which isn't due out until April 18, 2011. I can't wait to see what happens next!
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