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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



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Come on, Lisabeth, Death said, not unkindly. It's time to do your job.

The words didn't make any sense. My job? Lisa said as Death helped her to her feet. She was a seventeen-year-old high school junior in the suburbs; she didn't have a job.

Thou art Famine, yo, Death said. Time to make with the starvation.

Lisabeth Lewis is no stranger to starvation. Her life revolves around counting calories, constant exercise, denying herself even the strongest cravings. Lisa is in a constant battle with hunger for control over her body. When, in a moment of desperation, she almost gives up that control completely, she is visited by a wisecracking messenger who turns out to be Death. He offers Lisa a rare opportunity: to become one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse--Famine. As Famine, Lisa travels the world on her black steed, visiting parts of the world where hunger is a painful part of everyday life. She's horrified to see her own power destroy crops and turn food to dust. But when she finds a way to harness her power as Famine and use it for nourishment rather than deprivation, Lisa finally gains the courage to face her own problem. A wildly original approach to the issue of eating disorders, HUNGER is about the struggle to find balance in a world of extremes, and uses fantastic tropes to explore a difficult topic that touches the lives of many teens.

Review:

"In adult author Kessler's YA debut, first in a planned series, 17-year-old Lisa, who makes a half-hearted suicide attempt and is in denial about her anorexia, learns that she has been appointed to the role of 'Famine,' one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. When Death, unsubtly depicted as Kurt Cobain, gives her the choice between succumbing to him or joining him, Lisa climbs on her black horse and gallops through the night skies, experiencing world hunger in its literal and metaphorical forms. During alternate scenes, she fights with her boyfriend and counts calories with her bulimic friend. Kessler realistically conveys the vicious nature of the girls' eating disorders, providing graphic depictions of their binging, purging, and starvation. However, the paranormal concept often gallops ahead of its supporting framework, muddling rather than addressing the psychological complexity of Lisa's illness. Perceptive readers will recognize that Lisa's most convincing (and painful) moments--her punishing internal monologue as she debates whether to eat a cheese fry and her resentment toward those who try to help her--are solidly anchored in the real world. Ages 12 — up. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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A wildly original approach to the issue of eating disorders, "Hunger" is about the struggle to find balance in a world of extremes, and uses fantastic tropes to explore a difficult topic that touches the lives of many teens.

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Missy didnt mean to cut so deep. But after the party where she was humiliated in front of practically everyone in school, who could blame her for wanting some comfort? Sure, most people dont find comfort in the touch of a razor blade, but Missy always was . . . different. Thats why she was chosen to become one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: War. Now Missy wields a new kind of bladea big, brutal sword that can cut down anyone and anything in her path. But its with this weapon in her hand that Missy learns something that could help her triumph over her own pain: control. A unique approach to the topic of self-mutilation, Rage is the story of a young woman who discovers her own power and refuses to be defeated by the world.

 

Synopsis:

"Thou art the Black Rider. Go thee out unto the world."

Lisabeth Lewis has a black steed, a set of scales, and a new job: shes been appointed Famine. How will an anorexic seventeen-year-old girl from the suburbs fare as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?
     Traveling the world on her steed gives Lisa freedom from her troubles at home—her constant battle with hunger, and her struggle to hide it from the people who care about her. But being Famine forces her to go places where hunger is a painful part of everyday life, and to face the horrifying effects of her phenomenal power. Can Lisa find a way to harness that power—and the courage to fight her own inner demons?
     A wildly original approach to the issue of eating disorders, Hunger is about the struggle to find balance in a world of extremes, and uses fantastic tropes to explore a difficult topic that touches the lives of many teens.

About the Author

"RAGE is raw and real, a truly dark, honest look at self-harm and the teenage psyche. Kessler left me breathless."Heather Brewer, author of the New York Times bestselling series, The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod

Praise for Hunger:

"Fast-paced, witty, and heart-breaking! Jackie Morse Kessler is one of the most talented authors I know."Richelle Mead, author of Vampire Academy

"Hunger is not just a good book. It is a great book. It is funny and sad, brilliant and tragic, and most of all, it speaks truth. Ive always admired Jackie Kesslers writing.  Now I adore it."Rachel Caine, author of The Morganville Vampires

"Jackie Morse Kessler hits it out of the park with Hunger. Although this is a book with anorexia at its heart, there are no hidden lectures or story-slowing asides. Instead, Kessler deftly weaves the heroine Lisas struggle with food into a beautifully realized mythology, complete with a wisecracking and sexy Death and a new spin on the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. An absolute must-read!"Julie Kenner, author of Good Ghouls Do

"A fantastic and gripping read that never shies from its difficult subject matter, Kessler illuminates, through the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, a very real problem facing teens today. While Lisabeth Lewis explores her self-induced hunger and attempts to battle the Thin voice, her incarnation as Famine explores the horrors and causes of world hunger. The contrast slots Hunger into its own category of awesome. This book is a knockout."A.S. King, author of The Dust of 100 Dogs

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Oleofox, September 4, 2013 (view all comments by Oleofox)
I first learned about this author while reading the collection called Carniepunk. After seeing that there was a series about the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse I was intrigued; but then was going to forgo reading them until I saw a recommendation by Kevin Hearne (one of my new favorite authors). Now that I am done with the book I am so glad I started reading it. It truly was a surprise and while it was very short and a tad young for me, it covered a very important issue. Bulimia and anorexia are two serious health issues and while I never grew up knowing anyone with an eating disorder, I do know it's out there. I hope this book finds its way into the hands of teenage girls everywhere so that they can get help for themselves or others. And on another note, the horsemen parts were awesome.
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moiraethefatesbookreview, May 8, 2011 (view all comments by moiraethefatesbookreview)

Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler

reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.

"Thou art the Black Rider. Go thee out unto the world."

Lisabeth Lewis has a black steed, a set of scales, and a new job: she's been appointed Famine. How will an anorexic seventeen-year-old girl from the suburbs fare as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?

Traveling the world on her steed gives Lisa freedom from her troubles at home: her constant battle with hunger, and her struggle to hide it from the people who care about her. But being Famine forces her to go places where hunger is a painful part of everyday life, and to face the horrifying effects of her phenomenal power. Can Lisa find a way to harness that power -- and the courage to battle her own inner demons?

(Synopsis provided by goodreads.com)


I first heard about this book from The Story Siren. The premise sounded really interesting to me, I have always loved fantasy and paranormal type books. In this book, Kessler's heroin Lisa is a 17 year old suffering from anorexia. The author has first hand knowledge of eating disorders and she discloses this at the end of the book. This is a very good book, I liked how it explores what what going on inside of Lisa's mind. We get to see what Kessler calls "The Thin voice" talking to Lisa throughout the book telling her of her failings and to watch her weight.

I really liked how Kessler doesn't gloss over the horrors of anorexia, she also never glamorizes it. She shows just how destructive it can be to a person. Lisa is a very interesting character, throughout the book we see her struggles and we get to see her grow. The character development is amazing. I loved every page of this book. There were a few things that I didn't see coming mainly how the book ends.

I particularly enjoyed the character of Death. He was pretty witty and had some unique abilities that are Kessler's own creations. This character was very complex and the reader is never able to fully figure him out.

The dialog in this book was really good, again the parts with Lisa talking with "The Thin Voice" are some of the most powerful in the book.
I really loved this book, I only wish it was longer, and I wish we got to know more about what happened to Lisa after the book ended. I can't say much on that without a spoiler.

Overall rating:
***** 5 out of 5 stars

Cover art:
I like the simplicity of the cover art.

What parents need to know:

There is some talk about sex, but not a lot, the book deals with some heavy issues and I would recommend ages 16 and up.

Obtained:
My personal library.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780547341248
Author:
Kessler, Jackie
Publisher:
Graphia Books
Author:
Kessler, Jackie Morse
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
Social Issues - Adolescence
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Emotional problems
Subject:
Eating Disorders
Subject:
Children s-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Riders of the Apocalypse
Publication Date:
20101031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
180
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 0.5 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In adult author Kessler's YA debut, first in a planned series, 17-year-old Lisa, who makes a half-hearted suicide attempt and is in denial about her anorexia, learns that she has been appointed to the role of 'Famine,' one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. When Death, unsubtly depicted as Kurt Cobain, gives her the choice between succumbing to him or joining him, Lisa climbs on her black horse and gallops through the night skies, experiencing world hunger in its literal and metaphorical forms. During alternate scenes, she fights with her boyfriend and counts calories with her bulimic friend. Kessler realistically conveys the vicious nature of the girls' eating disorders, providing graphic depictions of their binging, purging, and starvation. However, the paranormal concept often gallops ahead of its supporting framework, muddling rather than addressing the psychological complexity of Lisa's illness. Perceptive readers will recognize that Lisa's most convincing (and painful) moments--her punishing internal monologue as she debates whether to eat a cheese fry and her resentment toward those who try to help her--are solidly anchored in the real world. Ages 12 — up. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , A wildly original approach to the issue of eating disorders, "Hunger" is about the struggle to find balance in a world of extremes, and uses fantastic tropes to explore a difficult topic that touches the lives of many teens.
"Synopsis" by ,
Missy didnt mean to cut so deep. But after the party where she was humiliated in front of practically everyone in school, who could blame her for wanting some comfort? Sure, most people dont find comfort in the touch of a razor blade, but Missy always was . . . different. Thats why she was chosen to become one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: War. Now Missy wields a new kind of bladea big, brutal sword that can cut down anyone and anything in her path. But its with this weapon in her hand that Missy learns something that could help her triumph over her own pain: control. A unique approach to the topic of self-mutilation, Rage is the story of a young woman who discovers her own power and refuses to be defeated by the world.

 

"Synopsis" by ,
"Thou art the Black Rider. Go thee out unto the world."

Lisabeth Lewis has a black steed, a set of scales, and a new job: shes been appointed Famine. How will an anorexic seventeen-year-old girl from the suburbs fare as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?
     Traveling the world on her steed gives Lisa freedom from her troubles at home—her constant battle with hunger, and her struggle to hide it from the people who care about her. But being Famine forces her to go places where hunger is a painful part of everyday life, and to face the horrifying effects of her phenomenal power. Can Lisa find a way to harness that power—and the courage to fight her own inner demons?
     A wildly original approach to the issue of eating disorders, Hunger is about the struggle to find balance in a world of extremes, and uses fantastic tropes to explore a difficult topic that touches the lives of many teens.

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