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June is fat. June also has an eating disorder, but no one sees. When she doesn't eat, her friends and family think they see a fat girl on a diet, not someone starving herself. When June's secret is found out by Toby, the new boy next door, she is panicked. Then she learns he also has a secret. Everyone has their own little lies.
Paperback, 200 pages
Published August 1st 2019 by West 44 Books
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Schizanthus
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lie #1 - “I’m not hungry.”

June is hungry. All the time. When she’s not starving herself she’s bingeing and purging, but because she’s overweight no one realises she has an eating disorder. All they see is a fat girl on a diet.
“The purging place,”
I call it.

Where I bury my shame.
Lie #2 - “I’m fine.”

June isn’t fine. Neither is her sister, Mae, whose boyfriend treats her like garbage. Neither is Toby, who lives next door and has secrets of his own.
Everyone has secrets.
Lie #3 - “It’ll be
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Aly
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
This was an interesting read. The formatting was fun, with the words twisting and turning and less complete sentences. It made it go by quickly, which isn't a bad thing, but I wanted more story. I felt so bad for June, her mom is a terrible role model and her sister dates a guy who verbally abuses her. June is overweight and feels like she's not good enough, so she goes on a cycle of starvation, binging, and purging. Then she meets her new neighbor, who's cute and popular and likes spending time ...more
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of NOT HUNGRY by Kate Karyus Quinn in exchange for my honest review.***

1.5 STARS

Nobody realizes June has an eating disorder because she’s overweight.

Told in verse, June describes her experiences as a fat girl dieting and purging. NOT HUNGRY focused nearly entirely on the eating and body aspects of eating disorders and while some bullying and other underlying issues are shown, no connection is made to the disorder. I’m not sure if
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🌈⭐️RoseOfRainbows⭐️🌈💕
Satisfies the craving for raw honesty and shows the reality of eating disorders and what happens to the people left in their wake. Never again will people see each other the same way. 5/5 stars
chloe ♡
i received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. all opinions below are my own.

3.5 stars ; review to come.
Kiera
Aug 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
** I received a Copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

3 stars

Summary from Goodreads

June is fat. June also has an eating disorder, but no one sees. When she doesn't eat, her friends and family think they see a fat girl on a diet, not someone starving herself. When June's secret is found out by Toby, the new boy next door, she is panicked. Then she learns he also has a secret. Everyone has their own little lies.
"My dream isn't to be

a n o r e x i c

But for people

Like
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Sandra "Jeanz"
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
The first thing I noticed about this book was the bright pink, rather girly looking cover, with a plate at it’s centre, with a rather generous size piece of cake/cookie/bun. I also discovered it was categorised as a HiLo book, and I wanted to publicise some of these books on my blog. If you are not familiar with the term “Hi Lo Book” it is a book that offer highly interesting subject matter at a low reading level, therefore it encourages older children/adults into reading about a subject they ...more
Charleigh
*Thanks to a Netgalley and West 44 books for a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review*

Often we read books about eating disorders where the main character is underweight. This book was different, as it featured a character who was classed as overweight. This is important - to show people that eating disorders come in all shapes and sizes, and that you can have an one at any weight.

I loved the format and I read the book in one sitting. It was easy to follow and we moved fast through
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Michelle
Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 stars - As someone who has been ridiculed for their weight and suffered from a binge-eating disorder, I can attest to how real this story feels. It can be especially difficult to work through these disorders when the adults in your life are celebrating your unhealthy habits while telling you that your accomplishments aren't good enough. With that being said, I think that having this story written in verse really helps to showcase the uncontrollable and sporadic thoughts that come along with ...more
Sofia Blackthorn Of The Wild Hunt
Thanks to Net Galley for providing me a copy in exchange of an honest review.

Not Hungry isn’t a pretty book. It isn’t a happy book. It’s a book filled with pain and struggles, about eating disorders and judgy people.

This novel is entirely written in verse, something I enjoyed a lot. It was very easy to read and I liked the authors choice of wording.

Trigger warning for eating disorders,as it gets pretty graphic.
Katherine Stargazing
June is fat. And she's not eating. But all everyone sees is a fat girl on a diet. Not someone who is starving herself.

"The purging place,"
I call it.

Where I bury my shame.


This book has a lot of potential. It brings out to the light controversial topics of today's age: eating disorder. Fat-shaming. Self-deprecation. Blackmailing. Bullying. Manipulation. Emotional abuse. Weak parentage.
This is not an easy read. But it is an important one.

This book very much reminded me of Elizabeth Acevedo's
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Rachel
*thank you to Netgalley, West 44 Books and the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

3 stars.

This wasn't great but it wasn't bad either. I had expected it to be a poetry book but I don't think it was. It was more of a loose writing style of a short story. But I didn't mind. The story was good. I think though it might have been maybe a bit better as a short story, maybe diary entries but that's not to say this style was bad. I did find it a bit distracting at times
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Beth
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 8th-grade
This would be a good book to spark further conversation about eating disorders, abuse, and keeping secrets. It's a very quick read, and that is why I say it would be a good conversation "starter". For the most part, there is not a lot of depth to the story. I can see where a lot of teens will enjoy it, and it would definitely be good for reluctant readers. For me it was just okay.
Deanna
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
A sad story about a fat girl and her sister being treated poorly because of their weight or at least that’s how it seems on the surface. At first the story seemed very sad and I wasn’t sure where the story was going. At the dance when everyone stands up for Mae I am pleasantly surprised. I’m glad the two sisters came together at the end to deal with their problems together.
Aida R.
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
*free copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

3.75 stars.

"my dream isn't to be
anorexic.
but for people
like Lacey
to think i could be"

as someone who had an eating disorder in high school, i really appreciate this. through verse, June's story feels even more raw and painful to me. it's not a pretty read, but i think it's worth it.
Shy Bradford
Oct 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I am a fat girl with an eating disorder as well. This book was literally my whole highschool career. Still to this day I have these feelings. I didn't finish this because while it was a different kind of ED book (one about a fat girl that no one notices is starving) it all was the same.
I want a book about EDs that gets R A W all the way down deep into the hatred and self loathing. This just seemed to kind of skip over the surface. no real depth other than her anger at not being noticed (at
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Cora Tea Party Princess
RTC

Content warnings: disordered eating, drug overdose, dead parent, bullying.
Erin Rogoff
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another book of poetry that I love, this novel dives into the eating disorders of a teenage girl with so many secrets--no spoilers, of course, but I implore the read! So good! All this talk of June NOT eating is making me WANT to eat brownies and all sorts of sweets! Worth the read!
Megan Oneail
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was provided with an eARC of this book in exchange for a fair review.

Poetry is not usually my thing, but I am trying to branch out more so thought to give this a try. It. Was. Excellent. The poems are all part of the progressing plot and are beautifully written. This is truly a lovely book!
Melinda Howard
*This book was received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

This was a very short read which I was not expecting. The author does a good job of depicting the ease with which someone can hide a mental illness or eating disorder such as binge eating and purging. I think a lot of people can identify with June as she struggles to fit society's view of the ideal body shape and weight. I also really liked that the author contrasted June with her sister Mae who is overweight but comfortable
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Mel
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is.. powerful, thought provoking, heartbreaking, wonderful and not at all what I expected.

It's essentially a book of poems surrounding two sisters, that make up an entire story. I knew what the topic was about when I picled the book, but to be completely honest, based on the fun looking cover and the name, I just assumed it was going to be a cheesy teenage drama about a girl with an eating disorder. I don't say that to be disrespectful; coming from someone who once had her own eating
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Emily Merrill
Aug 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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ashley  lloyd spanton
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kate Karyus Quinn has written some weird books. I feel like she is always trying to push the boundaries with what she writes and I love that about her. I was a little hesitant picking this up, I felt that writing a book about an eating disorder entirely in verse was very much a risk. This could have gone terribly wrong. But I always appreciate Quinn's unique take on things so I wanted to give it a try and keep an open mind. Plus, it's super short so if it was a total disaster, not much time ...more
Georgina Power
Jul 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Alejandra
Jul 23, 2019 rated it liked it
•~•~•Thanks to NetGalley and West 44 Books for providing this book in exchange of an honest review.•~•~•

I will give this book 3.5 stars.

When I was looking for something new to read I found this one and the title was very intriguing for me. Reading it was under poetry and teens & YA, for a second I thought that it was a story with some poetry on it. But I was wrong, is written in verse and is a very interesting and sad story. But somehow I felt it short, like I wanted to see more of the
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Vanessa
Aug 11, 2019 rated it liked it
First of all, I wanted to thank Netgalley and West44 books for sending me "Not Hungry" in exchange for an honest review!

"Not Hungry" is not a novel, as I first expected, but is more like a poem, where positioning and line break play a huge role for the reading experience. The plot itself is about a girl who suffers from an eating disorder (although she is still overweight), her relationship with her sister, whose in an abusive relationship, her (first) dating-experience and her friendship with
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Laura
Jul 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for gifting me this to read and review

Not Hungry by Kate Karyus Quinn is a YA story about June who is struggling with an eating disorder (unspecified binge eating/bulimia?) and is thrown into turmoil when the boy next door finds out her secret. I appreciate what this book was trying to do, but unfortunately it did not sit well with me.

Ok, so this book is written in verse, which isn't a problem in itself, but what I didn't realise is this is classed as a
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Julia Black
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
June is hungry. All the time. She is either starving, or binging and purging but because she is overweight nobody notices she has an eating disorder. They only see a fat girl on a diet. Neither June or her sister, Mae, are fine. Mas has a boyfriend that treats her like trash. He verbally abuses her. Toby is no better he has his own secrets that he dont wont out one of them being his friendship with June.

When I first requested this ARC I thought it was just poems about eating disorders. It is
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Reagan
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
*Thanks to NetGalley for sending me this in exchange for an honest review!*

So, recently I've gotten into books told in verse and was ready to read this!

Not Hungry is about an overweight girl named June and her struggle with high school, her complicated feelings for the new boy next door, her sister Mae's boyfriend, and her eating disorder.

Things that I thought were pretty good were how realistic it was as to how not many people notice where someone is struggling with an eating disorder. I
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Kristina
Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it
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