Knowing the novel tackles the issue of eating disorders, you’d expect to be in tears within the first three chapters. Instead, Jackie Morse Kessler thankfully makes her heroine sassy rather than emo. Lisabeth Lewis is still very much damaged goods who doesn’t know her own strength, but when she accepts her power, she uses it for good instead of evil. But before she seeks help to become a healthier, happier person, she must face Death, Pestilence, and War.
It’s not an easy read at times, and it must’ve hurt a lot to write, but this could be the book that saves readers from themselves. Lisa’s denial and bitchy treatment toward those who care for her are bloody annoying, but they’re necessary for her character arc – and all too frequently an unfortunate part of addiction and other disorders.
But with Lisa’s trusty steed by her side, she can’t fail. We all could do with a Midnight of our own.
I read this in one sitting via NetGalley on my computer, and I rarely make the effort to do that. Hunger is worth it, and is one of 2010’s finest releases. Not just for teens and those with food issues, it’s a story with depth I won’t soon forget. Though I am craving pralines.