Monday, August 13, 2012

The Stone Girl

Title: Stone Girl
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Pub Date: August 28th , 2012
Author: Alyssa Sheinmel
Received From: NetGalley

The Stone Girl

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.

 When you first meet Sethie the main character of this story you know there is going to be some drama and heartbreak. Sethie spend her time with her "boyfriend" Shaw but in reality this relationship isn't what she thinks it is. I see this as a common problem in young love. One person sees more in the relationship than is there. Adding into the mix Janey who started out as Shaw's friend and became so much more to Sethie. First Janey teaches her a secret that molds and delivers the eating issues that Sethie already experiences. then Janey turns on the light in her relationship and eventually the light to life for Sethie. Janey is a fantastic supporting character in the book.
 Sethie is quite the interesting character! I absolutely love her descriptions of things related to her weight. they may not all be very politically correct, and many are in my eye harmful to her self esteem, but the way the author writes them is very eye opening and adds a lot to her as a character. My heart goes out to Sethie and also to her mother. There are a lot of factors in this story that keep it intriguing and fun.


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