Tuesday, 28 August 2012

{Review} The Stone Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

Release Date: 28 August 2012
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Age Group: Young Adult
Format: eGalley
Pages: 224
Rating:  5- Wonderful
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 Thoughts:
The Stone Girl tells the story about a girl; Sethie, who constantly watches her weight, does things she shouldn’t do and has a supposed boyfriend who uses her for nothing but mere sex. The Stone Girl is a compelling story about a topic that many teenagers may go through.

Sethie was an interesting character to read about as she was such a good student and did all her work, which was admirable. Yet underneath it all, she was constantly watching her weight and comparing herself to other girls, and she did things that one would not expect from a consciences student such as Sethie. Sethie, to me, did not seem like the kind of character that would do the things she does in the book because her thoughts seem to be that of an innocent girl, but all in all; this made for an even more interesting character. As for Shaw, Sethie’s “boyrfriend” of sorts; I wanted to punch him in the face because of all the horrible things he did to Sethie!

I think that this book will be very easy for anyone to relate to as we all wish that we could look a little different—prettier or handsomer. We are never satisfied with our looks and I think that this book proves that we need to embrace what we look like and just enjoy life.

Whenever I sat down to read this book I always seemed to be hungry and my stomach seemed to growl each time Sethie mentioned food and the amount of calories the food may contain. It only made this book even better for me, as I got to experience what Sethie was feeling when she would starve herself for a few hours—on a smaller scale of course.

I found the scenes where Sethie cut herself or picked at her scabs to be incredibly creepy and I was kind of grossed out, but I think that in the context of the story, as well as in the context of her thoughts; it makes the story even more emotional.

This book was a rollercoaster of emotion that was completely enthralling and so very emotional, The Stone Girl is both haunting and beautiful and I loved this book, the message is truly beautiful.

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