Friday, August 20, 2010

Review: Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler

My thoughts about Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler:
I wasn't really sure what to expect from a story that was about a 17 year old girl with an eating disorder becoming one of the four horsemen.  I was pleasantly surprised once I started reading.
The characters are well thought out and believable.  The interactions that Lisa has with both her family and friends are realistic and consistent.  I have known girls with eating disorders and I could see them in the characters of this story.   My favorite character is Death, then of course Lisa.  My favorite scene is the battle between Famine and War.
One of my favorite things about the story is that Lisa didn't have to die to become a horseman, therefore gaining the possibility of continuing her life in some capacity.  
Throughout the story we see Lisa dealing with her personal issues and how her new "job" conflicts and reflects her problems with food and self-image.  I love that we get to watch her find herself in so many ways.  The strength that she shows is inspirational.  The symbolism is wonderful and well planned.
I won't add more about the story as I don't want to put spoilers in this review.  I will say though that there are two moments that you will find change Lisa dramatically (the battle with War and her encounter with her mother).
I am impressed with the book as a whole.  It is well written and enjoyable.  I found myself relating on various levels.   I think that Jackie Morse Kessler has captured a subject that is more common than anyone wants to admit, many people fear, most deny, and all are challenged in dealing with.  She has made her story positive, encouraging, realistic, and respectful to those who may or may not deal with the tragedy of an eating disorder.  I feel that it is a must read for teen girls. I would recommend it to anyone.

11 comments:

Danielle said...

Nice review. Not something I would normally read.

Allison said...

Does the book relate the story to the actual Biblical prophecy about the horsemen? I'm just curious how that plays in.

Whitney said...

This sounds like a really interesting point of view for the subject of eating disorders. Thanks for your review.

GABY said...

I'm glad it's good! I have it on my TBR list but was a little confused about the synopsis.

Thanks for your review!

anjohnston said...

I can't wait to get my hands on this book! I'm so glad you liked it!

....Petty Witter said...

Sounds interesting - I've read a lot of reviews about this book, many thanks for sharing your views.

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Jennifer Lane said...

This book sounds quite interesting. I work with individuals trying to recover from eating disorders--do you think it would be a helpful read for those individuals?

Bonnie said...

Hi, I've heard this is a good book. Thanks for the review, guess I'll have to search it out!

~Bonnie

Melissa said...

Brilliant review! I love the cover of this one (petty, I know), but your review just seals the deal for me :)

Beverly said...

I am a cover shopper too! The cover draws me - the jacket seals the deal!