The Stone Girl
The Stone Girl
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375870804, 214pp.
Publication Date: August 28, 2012
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.
From critically acclaimed writer Alyssa B. Sheinmel comes an unflinching and unparalleled portrayal of one girl's withdrawal, until she is sinking like a stone into her own illness, her own loneliness her own self.
New York Times Book Review, August 23, 2012:
"Sheinmel proves there’s a lot more to an eating disorder than food, or the lack thereof."
Publishers Weekly, August 20, 2012:
"This drama about a girl on the road to anorexia offers candid insights into the psychological factors underlying the condition. ...Sheinmel's depiction of her self-defeating behavior comes across as vivid and painfully truthful."
Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2012:
School Library Journal (online), January 8, 2013:
"Sethie’s plight will resonate not only with teens who have dealt with eating disorders but with any reader who has felt the unyielding pressure to conform to a just out-of-reach ideal."