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The Stone Girl

3.28  ·  Rating details ·  770 ratings  ·  139 reviews
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
Jul 02, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Jul 10, 2012 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 23, 2012 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
Neyra ♦
Apr 11, 2012 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
Apr 08, 2012 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
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
I know this one was very hard to write but it just didn't connect with me~

Note: I received a copy via Net Galley.
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
Felicia Chien
Aug 19, 2012 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
Bethany Miller
Nov 15, 2012 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
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
Pam Camel
May 23, 2012 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 10, 2012 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
Lisseth (Read-a-holicZ)
May 12, 2012 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 bones being
Ashlee Hollowell
Mar 13, 2012 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
Elvina Barclay
Mar 30, 2012 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.
Sep 20, 2012 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.
Pooja Dimba
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
The main character was so annoying, the use of third person here was not enjoyable.
No teenager can go around doing all the "stuff" she does and maintain straight A's like her.
The ending was abrupt as if the author just made some lousy excuse for an ending just because she got tired of writing the book.
The only good thing I can say about it was that it was short.
Rebecca A. Rogers
Mar 14, 2012 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
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.
Apr 29, 2012 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!
Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide/Novelly Yours)
Initial Impressions 7/22/13: 3.5 stars
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
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is another story about a girl with an eating disorder. I just found the characters a bit flat for my taste, and maybe it is because there are so many of these books out there already. Sethie has a boy in her life who basically uses her for sex but doesn't want to be her boyfriend. But all she can see is that if he wants to sleep with her than he must want her.

Her main goal in life is to maintain her weight and get it lower if she can. She has one friend who is supportive of her but as she
Emily L
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
The writing was eloquent in the way that it explained Sethie. The way she thought. What she believed.
Toward the end we realize that her perception was crooked the entire time. This book was sad and real.
I'm rating this book four stars because a lot of the interactions between Sethie and other characters didn't have the depth that I wanted. For example her mother is absent so much from her teenage daughter's life. It left me often wondering WHO is taking care of Sethie? She seemed so lonesome.
Mar 02, 2015 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
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wouldn't say this is a great book.
But I wouldn't say it's a terrible one either.
I personally felt that Sethie (albeit distant) was in a relatable situation. It's the kind of self-poisoning that we are taught at a very young age and I could feel her self-loathing in every page. It may not be the story that everyone wants to and/or needs to hear, but this book was a nudge to get me some therapy.
I can't say that about every book I've read.
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
After loving two books from this author, I gonna say I'm very disappointed in this book. Did not connect with any of characters. This must be an old book from the author. I still love her stuff but was greatly disappointed in this read.
Rebecca (Lewis) Morrison
I loved how much I related to some of the lines in this book, but the writing style was not my thing. 2.5/5 Stars
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Alyssa Sheinmel is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels for young adults, including A Danger to Herself and Others and Faceless. She is the co-author of The Haunting of Sunshine Girl and its sequel, The Awakening of Sunshine Girl. Alyssa grew up in Northern California and New York, and currently lives and writes in New York City. Follow her on Instagram @alyssasheinmel and Twitt ...more

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