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 trope to explore a difficult topic that touches the lives of many teens.
Excerpt from back of book
Jackie has created a novel that I believe with touch the heart of every girl that reads it. Any girl who has an eating disorder or has thought about it should read this novel. I guarantee it will change your prospective and will give you your second chance just like Lisa got her second chance. Throughout reading the book I felt the pain both Lisa and Tammy were feeling. I don’t suggest eating anything while you’re reading...there is a pretty graphic scene one of the character puking. Let’s just say my Chicken McNuggets did not like reading that and I was almost sick. I know very ironic that I was eating a super unhealthy meal while reading about two girls that can’t bear to eat anything. I felt pretty guilty.
Jackie also shows her character Lisa that she does have people that care about her well being. Even though at first Lisa is pissed and thinks they are just being insulting. Lisa is lucky that Death has given her a second chance to live her life. Most girls don’t get a second chance. Lisa realizes throughout the book that she does have a problem and has a support system behind her.
Two thumbs up to Jackie for writing a novel based on one of the biggest problems among teen girls. I hope that it will open the eyes of many and will help them to ask for the help that they need. Remember you will always have a support system behind you even if you don’t believe it. Your family and friends would rather have a happy and healthy daughter/friend then a sad and unhealthy or possibly dead daughter/friend.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Would I let my 15 year old sister read: Yes, I may force some of her friends with low self esteem to read it as well.
Minimum course language (If I remember correctly there is only 1 or 2 swears) and no inappropriate sexual references.
I would also like to thank Eleni from La Femme Readers for sending me Hunger.