Monday, February 7, 2011


By Jackie Morse Kessler
174 pages

Summary: After attempting to kill herself, anorexic Lisabeth has been given a new job, she’s been appointed Famine, one of the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Despite enjoying the ability to leave her frustrating life of hunger and lies, being Famine takes Lisabeth to places where hunger has life threatening consequences and suffering is all too real. Faced with the reality of starvation, but having the power to help, forces Lisabeth to re-evaluate herself, her strength and her worth.

Review: Hunger was a quick and gripping novel that read like a short story. There is an equal mixture of reality and mythology, creating a story that is unique but does not forsake the grittiness of anorexia. Despite the whimsical elements, Lisabeth’s struggle is real and present and readers will relate to her unique voice. The writing is fast-paced with elements of humour and heartbreaking truths about starvation, hunger and the voice inside us that tells us we are unworthy. Hunger is a completely fresh take on anorexia, one that can be enjoyed by wide audiences.

Also by Jackie Morse Kessler: Rage (April 2011)

If you liked Hunger you might also enjoy: The Giver by Lois Lowry, Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson and It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

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Rating: W3/4 C2.5/4 P4/4 O3.5/4 PP3/4 CR4/4
Grade Level Interest: JS


Demitria said...

I've really wanted to read this one, but it's not in my library yet. I think your reviews are great...really helpful when I have to decide what to read next.

Leanna (Daisy Chain Book Reviews) said...

I have never heard of this one before now! Thanks for the review & for bringing it to my attention! :)

Anonymous said...

This book sounds really interesting, what a unique twist on the four horsemen. Great review.

Katie said...

Great comments, I hope you all get a chance to read it and let me know what you think. It's a really quick read :)

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