Hunger was an original take on eating disorders that quickly grabbed me until the end.
I think that every teenage girl has a "Thin voice". You know, the small voice in the back of your head that's always pointing out the worst in you. Your nose is too big. You're too short. You're so fat. Lisabeth Lewis (or Lisa, as she's commonly called) has not only let the Thin voice control her diet, but her life. She's pushing away her friends and loved ones due to her depression and extreme issues with food. And because Lisa's so lost to anorexia, we don't really get to know her that well, but Kessler shows just enough glimpses of who she was before her anorexia that we can see how much it's taken her over. It's honest and terrifying.
The Horsemen definitely added a new twist to the average anorexia story. However, I would've liked some more background about the Horsemen. I don't know much about them, and I sometimes found myself confused when it came to them.
Despite it's small size, Hunger is raw and real. I liked it a lot, and think it will resonate with everyone in one way or another. Bring on the sequel.
Plot: Unique and grabbing.
Characters: Likable, but we don't get to see too much of them. And I loved Death.
Ending: Done really well.
Kid friendly? Well--obviously--there's lots of talk about eating disorders, but I think this one is pretty safe.
Should I read it? Yeah, you should.
Overall: 4 stars”