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3.51  ·  Rating details ·  259 ratings  ·  96 reviews
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 Nerd
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
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.***


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 Quin
Steff Pasciuti
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I love novels that are written in verse, I'll admit. In fact, it's part of what drew me into Kate Karyus Quinn's Not Hungry. With that in mind, I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this book. The fact of the matter is that Not Hungry deals with some very serious and, at times, disturbing issues that make the book an immensely difficult read. This is the kind of book that needs a lot of trigger warnings, and not just for its main theme of an eating disorder. Am
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

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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.
"My dream isn't to be

a n o r e x i c

But for people

Like La
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
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 ma ...more
*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 t
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.
chloe ♡
Aug 07, 2019 rated it liked it
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.
I think this would be a good fit for any of our teens who are into realistic stories. June has a super believable teen voice, and the story successfully blends mean girl/popular jock social pecking order stuff with a focus on disordered eating and secrets. My favorite part was June's love for her sister and the way their relationship slowly becomes the center of the story. I really hated everything else because realistic stories that deal with tough issues are absolutely my very least favorite t ...more
*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 thoug
Aida ☾
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, arc
*free copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

3.75 stars.

"my dream isn't to be
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.
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.
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.
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 whic
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this one! It brought light to a serious issue and it was very well written!
Cora Tea Party Princess

Content warnings: disordered eating, drug overdose, dead parent, bullying.
Erin Rogoff
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-books
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!
Jenn Lopez
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a really good story about friendship, struggle with image and figuring out you are okay just as you are, and people will still like you. Trigger: eating disorders, bullying.
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
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!
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
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 wast ...more
Raegan Dickens
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Do you feel like you don't fit in or you do not do enough? June a high schooler who feels like she weighs too much and does not look like every other girl goes through this struggle everyday. June is not confident in her body and will do whatever she has too to be normal. June learns that there are many secrets people have including herself. The author Kate Karyus Quinn does an amazing job at showing how a everyday high school girl feels in society.

The language in the book "Not Hungry" is very
Georgina Power
Jul 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Not Hungry follows June, a fat girl with an eating disorder. No one suspects that she has an eating disorder no matter how many time she says, "I'm just not hungry" or noticeably avoids eating. They think she's on a diet. They actually applaud her for not eating for two days.

When I started this book, I wasn't sure what to expect. I don't usually read books written in verse and the subject matter made me shy away a little. This is not a topic that should be easy to read, after all.

By page six, I
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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Kate Karyus Quinn is an avid reader and menthol chapstick addict. She has a BFA in theater and an MFA in film and television production. She lives in Buffalo, NY with her husband, three children, and one giant dog.

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