Book Review: Hunger

By: Jackie Morse Kessler

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 the 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 awesome new power. Can Lisa find a way to harness that power - and the courage to fight her own inner demons?

I'm a young adult book lover. This book reading level has to be on the lower side of this, because I read it in three hours. Just because it was that short doesn't mean it wasn't good. I like sci-fi and fantasy books and I thought horsemen of the apocalypse, sounds neat and different. What I didn't realize that this book has a lot about her being anorexic and other eating disorders. Once you read about the author in the back you realize that her and a friend had fought against eating disorders themselves, but her friend had died from it. This book was written to help girls about that struggle that goes with the eating disorders. It was a really creative way to help girls realize the hunger pains they go through is nothing like the ones of those around the world that die from it. Also to realize that they need help. I want to be an teacher one day. Even though I work with mainly younger children now, I want to work with middle and high school age children. That is the age when girls tend to faces issues like eating disorders, I want to keep this book on hand so I can refer it to girls that maybe facing these issues.

Apparently this is the first young adult book that Jackie wrote. She normally writes paranormal and dark fantasy books for adults. I did like her writing style, creative ideas, and descriptive writing. When I need a book to read in the future I will look up the other books she writes.