Hunger

Hunger

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"Thou art the Black Rider. Go thee out unto the world." 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 tropes to explore a difficult topic that touches the lives of many teens.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2010
ISBN: 9780547341248
Branch Call Number: KES
Characteristics: 177 p

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WildNightElf
Jun 09, 2015

This is another book I might buy I really enjoyed it. Jackie Kessler is a good Author.

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Stephanie_Sibbald
Jul 10, 2013

Well written and relatable with a slight twist on mythology. Fast-paced and an overall easy read.

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s_kundrik
Jul 07, 2013

This was a really neat idea for a book, taking someone with an eating disorder and turn them into a personification of famine. The book was too short, but I think it did a very good job of representing anorexia sensitively.

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poochdakota
Jun 24, 2013

So inspiring to all readers. It was an amazing read, and I can't wait to read the rest of the series.

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NicoleLauinger
Oct 15, 2011

I LOVED this book, I only wished it was longer :) check out the sequel!

paigers9081 May 31, 2011

Hey, mwithstrong made that comment on my bday. teehee.

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KristiBernard
Oct 26, 2013

Lisabeth is a teen like many others. She is daddy's little princess, can never please her mother, is depressed and thinks she's fat. Contemplating suicide, she grabs a bottle of her mothers anti-depressants. After popping only 3 she is visited by a delivery man who hands her a set of scales and pronounces her Famine.

Obsessed with her weight, her daily routine consists of stripping down to weigh and constantly counting every calorie she ingests. Her best friend calls her anorexic and her boyfriend is angry because she doesn't eat. Lisabeth is upset and at risk for loosing them both. Her mother doesn't understand her and her father aware that something is wrong but walks on eggshells.

With the sudden appearance of a mystery horse and a visit by death, Lisabeth is given a choice to either finish what she started with the pills or take on the responsibilities of Famine. With that, she must learn to find balance with her new job and for herself, all the while feeling as though it were all a dream.

After viewing life through the eyes of Famine in a third world country and what it means to be truly hungry, Lisabeth discovers its power and that she can help take away the pain and agony of hunger. She begins to feel confident and accepts that she is anorexic and needs help. Admitting to her father all the things she is feeling she welcomes the help of a clinic and arrives home after 49 days. Lisabeth chose to live and returns the scales to death.

Kessler does a great job of introducing readers to the character Lisabeth. Readers can relate to and understand the thought process of someone with an eating disorder and how it could be overcome with the help of family and friends. Kessler was not real clear on the role of the four horseman and how they relate to anorexia. For a young adult reader more clarification would have been nice.

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WildNightElf
Jun 09, 2015

_"Look at you, you're just a child. Practically a mouse."_Hunger_Jackie Morse Kessler

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