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The Stone Girl
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
**ARC courtesy of publisher via NetGalley
Shit, I don't even remember when I read it in September since September was stupid.
This was yet another book that I felt like I connected with more in the end than I had in the beginning. It's the story of Sethie who begins to struggle more and more with her self-image and her weight. Although she's a perfectly healthy girl, she's starting to cross over more and more towards being anorexic and even bulemic. Along the way, she struggles with her boyfriend Shaw, makes a new friend in Janey, and tries to figure out how to keep pretending like ...more
“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 “ ...more
I love real issue books, a lot. I wanted nothing more than for this to be an excellent read. Upon starting I was sure it was going to turn out well, but end the end, I’m afraid it just didn’t hit the mark for me.
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The writing. The Stone Girl is written in third person and when I first started reading this was pretty exciting for me. I felt that the POV could do a lot to diversify the story and provide insight, development and depth to what could have...more
WHY I CHOSE TO READ IT:
I'm completely and utterly fascinated with novels about psychological ailments -- especially, eating disorders. I'm especially drawn to YA novels about eating disorders since they tend to be particularly sensitive and raw when it comes to the description of the emotions and mental processes involved in the disease.
Sethie is obsessed with her weight. She's determined to stay around 111 pounds, lower if possible, and she knows that she will go to ANY l ...more
Sethie ist eine Protagonistin, die ein Problem verkörpert, dass in unserer heutigen Gesellschaft immer häufiger zu Tage tritt. Sie hat eine Essstörung, fühlt sich zu dick und hungert deswegen. Ab und an übergibt sie sich auch, selten verletzt sie sich selbst.
Die Art und Weise mit der Alyssa B. Sheinmel dem Leser diese Probleme nahe bringt, ist ein etwas ungewöhnlicher. Der gesamte Roman ist im Präsens gehalten und wird aus Sethis Blickwinkel mittels eines personale Erzählers erzählt. Dies ist in ...more
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.
This is one of those novels I think I might like but end up not liking. I've never read any ...more
A character like Sethie is one we all know — a straight A student who wants to go to a good college (like Columbia), wants to be able to go up to her boyfriend and kiss him, a girl who looks in the mirror and doesn’t like what she sees.
At 17, Sethie can get in her college applications early but isn’t sure what her relationship with Shaw (her boyfriend?) is all about. It’s simply easier to let him take the lead and make the first move so she does ...more
Like so many writers, I grew up loving books. I loved stories so much that when there was nothing to read, I wrote my own stories just to give myself something to read. And when there was no pen and paper to be had, I made up stories and ...more