The Stone Girl
Author: Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Publisher: Random House Children's
Publish Date: August 28, 2012
Genre: YA, Contemporary
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.
There is something brutally honest about issue-based YA contemps that really hook me; and I say that with complete and utter sincerity. Many of you know why books regarding eating disorders are so very important to me, and for those that don't, let's just say it's personal. While books like The Stone Girl might be difficult to stomach, triggering, or just plain hard to read, I think they are equally important. I am really looking forward to finding some hidden truth in this one. What do you think, and what are you waiting on this week?