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The Stone Girl

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She feels like a creature out of a fairy tale; a girl who discovers that her bones are really made out of stone, that her skin is really as thin as glass, that her hair is brittle as straw, that her tears have dried up so that she cries only salt. Maybe that’s why it doesn’t hurt when she presses hard enough to begin bleeding: it doesn’t hurt, because she’s not real anymor ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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I have conflicted feelings about Alyssa B. Sheinmel’s The Stone Girl. At the beginning, the third person present tense made it really hard for me to get into the story. Although the author might even have aimed for it, a story about eating disorders and self-harm told in an almost clinical way just wasn’t what I was looking for. While I did get used to the writing style with time, it definitely made it hard for me to feel close to Sethie or even grasp her motivations, to understand her and – mos ...more
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
Sethie Weiss is in control of her body and the way it makes her feel. She is in control of her grades, her friendships and the relationship she has with Shaw, even if he isn't exactly her boyfriend yet. All she has to do is keep pleasing him, taking drugs with him and making sure to keep it low pressure. Than he'll finally want her for more than just sex. But when everything starts to disappear, leaving Sethie alone with her body the last thing she can control, will it be enough for her? I could ...more
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
This is definitely an “issue” story. Sethie has a serious eating problem, something between bulimia and anorexia that progresses and worsens as the story moves forward. It’s a very slow slide for Sethie, one that she doesn’t really recognize as happening as it does.

Sethie is easy to feel bad for. She has normal body issues in the beginning, that seem to get out of control. She is naive when it comes to guys and her “boyfriend” Shaw. I use quotes because he’s a jerk and while Sethie knows somethi
Elizabeth Drake
Aug 02, 2012 Elizabeth Drake rated it it was ok

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Cover Impressions: I do not believe that this cover would stand out on a shelf. It is not particularly unique. As for connection with the plot, the cover model doesn't look unhealthy or troubled and her expression does not evoke much of anything in the viewer.

The Gist: Sethie Weiss is determined. Determined to be the perfect, sort-of girlfriend for Shaw. Determined to ace the SAT and have her pick of colleges. Determined to control he
Apr 09, 2012 Isamlq rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-galley
See if I started this with an ‘Isa didn’t get this book’ then proceeded to say ‘Isa this,’ ‘Isa that…’ the same the Stone Girl progressed with its ‘Sethie this and Sethie that,’ well, I’d likely drive you crazy. That is if you’ve an issue with third person which I didn’t realize that I had an issue with myself.

It felt clunky and clumsy at times with the all the telling going on. And if that’s not bad enough, the POV effectively distanced the girl from me. It kept me from feeling more sympatheti
Apr 28, 2012 kb rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If only the story was as lovely as its cover, then there shouldn't be any problem. But that wasn't the case, and this just left me a stone girl literally. It made me feel nothing, not even pity for Sethie who was anorexic and had deeply disturbing issues with her self. It's probably really very hard to write about this, anorexia and weight issues and all, but I've read a few before and I couldn't find even half of the terribleness of this book in those. I would attribute this bad rating to the b ...more
Apr 24, 2012 Kelly rated it it was ok

Sethie is a very broken girl. While she could easily be labeled as a girl with an eating disorder, her challenges are much greater. She's depressed and that is what causes her to become needy, to seek control when it comes to her body and her weight, to use drugs heavily, to become extremely dependent on her cheating boyfriend and a girl who is anything but a real friend to her.

I appreciated how Sheinmel wrote this in the third person, removing the reader from Sethie, just as she's so far re
Uncomfortable but realistic, The Stone Girl is an aching but beautiful tale of body issues and friendship. Though the third person point of view creates a different kind of connection to the book, especially one so character and relationship focused, it’s still engaging in an inexplicable way and. I fell into this one right away, stunned by the depth of Sethie’s hatred towards herself, even when she couldn’t see it for what it was. Sethie’s entire character arc is so well done, so intricate from ...more
Pam Camel
May 23, 2012 Pam Camel rated it did not like it
“She feels like a creature out of a fairy tale; a girl who discovers that her bones are really made out of stone, that her skin is really as thin as glass, that her hair is brittle as straw, that her tears have dried up so that she cries only salt. Maybe that’s why it doesn’t hurt when she presses hard enough to begin bleeding: it doesn’t hurt, because she’s not real any more.
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
Cara Blevins
Sep 28, 2012 Cara Blevins rated it liked it
Going into her senior year at a prestigious New York City all girls prep school, Sethie struggles with body image issues. As the year progresses, her emotional state and personal relationships degenerate as she becomes more and more obsessed with her weight and appearance.

When I received this book, I was interested to see how the author demonstrated the hot topic issue of eating disorders. They are not something I have faced personally, but I have seen their devastating effects on friends. I wis
Neyra ♦
Jun 16, 2015 Neyra ♦ rated it did not like it
Actual Rating: No Stars

I don't know whether I should be disturbed that Sethie's wasting away her life, or that NO ONE in her life seems to notice her obsession with food and weight loss. Smh.

I initially fell in love with this book, purely because of the cover, I mean look at it, it's gorgeous! Then the synopsis drew me in. I'd honestly thought it was a paranormal book because of the description, but once you get past the first paragraph, you start to realize this is realistic fiction. It's a
Well this book did have a lot of conflicting reviews, some rating it the highest and some the lowest. I am meaning toward the latter.
This is an extremely important and relevant issue with teens and adults, primarily female but can affect anyone. The author captures a lot of the classic symptoms of both anorexia and bulimia; the obsession with fat and the number on the scale. Sethie is obsessed with the fat around her waist and has the need to remain at 111 or lower, although no one weighing tha
Felicia Chien
Aug 19, 2012 Felicia Chien rated it really liked it
Book: The Stone Girl by Alyssa B. Sheimmel
Pages: 212
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Sent from Random House

Short Synopsis: Sethie is a complicated girl. She struggles with her weight but doesn't know how far is too far, and her relationship with the one boy she's loved, named Shaw is anything but what she expected it to be.

My Thoughts: A haunting tale of one girl's dream of being thin, and the struggles she deals with in everyday life.

Sethie Weiss is hungry, a mean, angry kind of hunger that feels li
Lisseth (Read-a-holicZ)
Aug 24, 2012 Lisseth (Read-a-holicZ) rated it really liked it
**Originally on Read-A-holicZ, HERE**

It was an interesting read, I haven't read many books on this topic & this was one I really liked because it was on a real & important topic.
I didn’t like Sethie, her personality was just to ignorant. I guess this is how the anorexic mind must work, but there are times you just want to shake her and make her really see herself.

The author truly does capture the differences in how she really looks and how she sees herself. The author describes the bon
Bethany Miller
Dec 17, 2012 Bethany Miller rated it it was ok
Seventeen-year-old Sethie has two obsessions in life. The first is to be skinny. She counts calories obsessively and has lots of rules for herself about what and when she can eat and drink. Her second obsession is her “boyfriend” Shaw. Sethie likes to think of him as her boyfriend although she knows she can’t really say it out loud. Though they have an active sex life, he has never once held her hand in public. At home, it’s just Sethie and her mom, who doesn’t seem to notice that her daughter i ...more
Ashlee Hollowell
Mar 13, 2012 Ashlee Hollowell rated it really liked it
A very powerful book to read about a young girl with an eating disorder. As a teenager who has lived through the years of pinching your stomach and questioning your weight I must say this book hit home for me. It truly is a disturbing disease that is all too common in this day and age. Alyssa Sheinmel does a fantastic job of bringing to life Sethie and her struggles. They way Sethie see's another girl struggling with the same disorder and finds her to be ugly skinny, and yet can't recognize the ...more
Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner)
Can't give a review as I didn't finish it but basically I stopped reading because I was so, so bored. The MC annoyed me immensely. The writing bothered me..which is weird because I don't recall ever having a hard time with 3rd person ever. Plus everything just seems so awkward. Choppy? That may be the word I'm looking for. But really..I poked around looking at reviews and asked others on Twitter and most everyone I talked to said they had a hard time with it and that it never really got better. ...more
Mar 02, 2015 Ema rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2013
*This review contains spoilers (unsure if they are minor/major). Also sorta rant-y. Read at your own risk.*

“She feels like a creature out of a fairy tale; a girl who discovers that her bones are really made out of stone, that her skin is really as thin as glass, that her hair is brittle as straw, that her tears have dried up so that she cries only salt. Maybe that’s why it doesn’t hurt when she presses hard enough to begin bleeding: it doesn’t hurt, because she’s not real anymore.”

Sarah Beth “
Jan 06, 2016 Ilana rated it it was amazing
The Stone Girl is a very realistic story that has a lot of mature topics. Some of the chapters in the book are uncomfortable but they relate a lot to what is going on in the world especially with teens. I liked that this book was able to relate to me, at the time my friend was going through something like this and I could not tell him what he should do because I have never had that problem, so this book helped me know how it was to be in his situation, it connected with my life in a way other bo ...more
Jan 06, 2016 Alejandra rated it it was amazing
This book was uncomfortable but very realistic. Some parts were very disturbing but after all it made a really good book. At times i asked myself if i should keep reading or just put it back but i always stayed with it because it seemed VERY realistic and i wanted to see in others shoes. This definitely happens to be one of the best books I've ever read! I couldn't believe some of the things that Sethie had believed or had to go through. When i read the end i couldn't believe that they were just ...more
Emily Timco
Jun 16, 2015 Emily Timco rated it did not like it
I didn't like this at all. As someone who's struggled with an eating disorder for nearly 5 years, and has spent 3 of those years trying to get better, this book did not portray an eating disorder at all. It had me grimacing at some points because it's so unrealistic.

This book could have been really good, the premise was good. The writing was choppy and Sethie was decently likeable. But her eating disorder was all about just being thin to her, when for most people being thin becomes more of a sy
Elvina Barclay
Apr 01, 2012 Elvina Barclay rated it it was amazing
This book started off slowly for me. I felt it was going to be hard to like Sethie and understand what she was doing to herself. Eventually the story picked up and I began to get into Sethie's head and understand what she was going through. As you go deeper into the story, you really begin to root for Sethie and hope that she will reach out to her friends. I wish her mom's concern appeared earlier in the story but the ending was very satisfying. A great story from Alyssa.
Sammi :3
Jul 14, 2015 Sammi :3 rated it liked it
Something that I didn't like about the book was how the language was very simplistic despite the clear age of the the main characters (the third person narration is being done by high school student Sethie, who is clearly highly intelligent based on her mentioned grades and SAT score). As well, the naive portrayal of Sethie was rather contradictory to her intelligence, especially concerning her "relationship" with Shaw. I'm surprised she was so blindsided by their interactions and believed that ...more
Megan Malinowski
Feb 19, 2016 Megan Malinowski rated it it was amazing
"The Stone Girl" was a book that can relate to more girls about eating disorders than others like Wintergirls which isn't realistic for most teen girls who wonder if they have an eating disorder. I think Sheinmel did a great job at explaining how girls think about their weight when she wrote about Sethie in the nurse's office looking at the articles on the wall. When I battled with my eating disorder I could relate to how Sethie viewed all the girls who were naturally skinny and how she compared ...more
Sep 20, 2012 Lynn rated it liked it
Another book I reviewed for LMC - this one would be for high school age or maybe eighth grade. It's about a girl battling an eating disorder - I think teen girls will like this book, however I was concerned that it won't actually motivate girls who may need help with eating disorder to seek the help they need.
Oct 09, 2015 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed it. I gave it a 4, because it wasn't the best I've read, but it was a topic I have been interested in since I was a teenager. I have known many people with eating disorders, and have dealt with them myself. So I was able to relate to some point. As others have said, the third person confused me a bit. Early on I was like Is this in third person or is the author just speaking for Sethie? lol It also felt slow to get started, but I'm just getting into reading again, so I'm not sure if it ...more
So, after going through the summer from hell, I shose this as the book that would get back into reading. Good choice, Loulou.

Shit, I don't even remember when I read it in September since September was stupid.
Rebecca A. Rogers
Apr 11, 2013 Rebecca A. Rogers marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Going to be a DNF for me. I made it through the first 40%, but the story dragged. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to keep my attention so I could continue reading.

**ARC courtesy of publisher via NetGalley
Alyssa Greatbanks
Jan 06, 2014 Alyssa Greatbanks rated it really liked it
This book is an easy read. I probably would have gotten through it in one sitting if I hadn't been so busy after the holidays.

The main character Sethie is relatable to just about every girl in High School, and anyone that's ever been through that. Even if you weren't anorexic, you can still relate to what she is going through in her life, and how she is feeling.

I feel like her downward spiral wouldn't have been so dramatic if she had a better support network. The other characters in the book, he
May 02, 2012 Lori rated it it was amazing
Wow...this is so not for 12 year old YA's...will post review in August, 2 weeks prior to publication. Again, wow!
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