Friday, January 7, 2011

Book Recommendation: Hunger

The dedication page for Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler says, “If you have ever looked in the mirror and hated what you saw, this book is for you.” I agree. This book has the potential to change a person's life.

Lisabeth Lewis has just become Famine, one of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse. She doesn't know why exactly. It's not like she doesn't have plenty to eat, right? She's FAT. She'll always be fat, no matter how much she diets or how often she exercises or who tries to tell her otherwise. The Thin voice knows: she's weak. Weak and fat.

But when Death gives her the Scales of office, her understanding of food drastically changes. She has the power to cause food riots and suck healthy people to skin and bone. Lisa's not so sure she wants her new role (despite the awesome black horse that comes with it)—her powers are downright terrifying. And to make matters worse, the horseman War is out for her blood.

Lisa has a lot to learn—and learn quickly if she wants to survive! But the most important lesson might not be so easy to grasp; Lisa must find balance... both as Famine and as a normal, everyday girl.

Hunger is a powerful book. It says very real things about anorexia and body image. Kessler writes from experience, giving her words raw power. Even though I've never struggled with a food disorder, I found myself reevaluating my relationship with food and exercise.

Hunger is also a hopeful book. Lisa learns how to find self-confidence and strength. In the end she is able to make healthy choices for herself. I think she has the potential to teach others in her situation how to do the same.

So I recommend this book to anyone who hates facing the mirror or who knows someone with an eating disorder. It's worth the read.


  1. This looks really really good. I have a feeling that I am going to be on a book-buying binge (heh, no pun intended) January and February.

    Patrice Sarath

  2. Yeah, me too, and I'm still catching up on a lot of good books from last year. In fact, just the other day I was searching frantically through my library's online listing to see how many of the books I could get through there.

  3. Good! It's very worth reading. I'm really looking forward to Rage (the next book).