Thursday, December 27, 2012
Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler
Author: Jackie Morse Kessler
Publication Date: 2010
Length: 177 pages
Lisabeth Lewis is an anorexic teenager, who is appointed the position of Famine, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
This is one of those books where, looking back, I'm mostly remembering bad things about it, but at the time I gave it 4 stars. I trust my in-the-moment rating, because that's when my feelings are strongest. The main good thing I remember is the portrayal of eating disorders. It is very intense, and as far as I can tell, realistic. Lisa has a voice in her head, constantly telling her she's fat. It also tells her the number of calories in whatever food she's looking at, and how long she's have to go on the stairmaster to work it off. Lisa's friend has bulimia, and some of her scenes are downright disturbing. She also acts as an enabler for Lisa throughout the book. It was very powerful.
As for Lisa's duties as Famine, I found it confusing a lot of the time. I think she's supposed to cause famine? That would make sense, since she's a Horseman of the Apocalypse. But instead she feeds people.
So mostly now I remember confusion (I really should have written this review sooner!), so it's hard for me to comment on anything else. But apparently I liked it because I gave it 4 stars! :)