Friday, August 24, 2012

ARC Review: The Stone Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

PUB Date:August 28th 2012
By: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 224
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Summary: [Goodreads/AMAZON]
She feels like a creature out of a fairy tale; a girl who discovers that her bones are really made out of stone, that her skin is really as thin as glass, that her hair is brittle as straw, that her tears have dried up so that she cries only salt. Maybe that’s why it doesn’t hurt when she presses hard enough to begin bleeding: it doesn’t hurt, because she’s not real anymore.
Sethie Weiss is hungry, a mean, angry kind of hunger that feels like a piece of glass in her belly. She’s managed to get down to 111 pounds and knows that with a little more hard work—a few more meals skipped, a few more snacks vomited away—she can force the number on the scale even lower. She will work on her body the same way she worked to get her perfect grades, to finish her college applications early, to get her first kiss from Shaw, the boy she loves, the boy who isn’t quite her boyfriend.
Sethie will not allow herself one slip, not one bad day, not one break in concentration. Her body is there for her to work on when everything and everyone else—her best friend, her schoolwork, and Shaw—are gone.
My Thought's (Karina):
It was an interesting read, I haven't read many books on this topic & this was one I really liked because it was on a real & important topic. Plus it gives you insight into the anorexic mind.
I didn’t like Sethie, her personality was just to ignorant. I guess this is how the anorexic mind must work, but there are times you just want to shake her and make her really see herself.
The author truly does capture the differences in how she really looks and how she sees herself. The author describes the bones being able to touch the ground when she sat or lay down, but all Sethie saw was fat and cellulite. You clearly noticed how skinny she was when she weighed herself.
The reader sees the reality of everything when Sethie is shaken to reality. She SMILES actually smiles when her friends show her reality, it really hits her when she notices someone close to her has also noticed but just didn’t know how to confront her. The ending was my favorite part of the book.
It was well written and unraveled everything. Although I really liked when the author mentioned the anorexic that Sethie saw and how disgusted Sethie was with the “type” of skinny she was when Sethie was doing the same thing. I give it 4/5 GOLDEN FEATHERS!
  
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5 comments:

  1. This book sounds really depressing. It definitely is a depressing book, so I usually wouldn't pick up a book like this one.

    However, it seems that it portrays a redemption from the eating disorder, instead of having the realization come at the last minute, so now I am kind of interested in reading The Stone Girl.

    Angie @YA Novelties

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  2. gr8 review . i love depressing books because that a human emotion the same way i love comedy

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  3. Wow. It was that good? For some reason, books about depression, cutting, anorexia, and hitting really seem to interest me. I feel so morbid saying that. :)

    Megan@The Book Babe

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  4. Sounds heavy! But it also looks good! Maybe I'll read it! Thanks for the review :)

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  5. ...I don't think I'll read this. You know characters a big thing for me. Bad character? No read from me. But I may just skip to the ending and read lol

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