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The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller
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May 09, 2017

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bookshelves: netgalley-edelweiss, contemporary, magical-realism, r2r-read, read-2017, romance, young-adult, glbt, eating-disorder
Read 2 times. Last read May 8, 2017 to May 9, 2017.

(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“Hunger makes you better. Smarter. Sharper.
I have learned this through practical experimentation.”

This was a YA contemporary/magical realism story about a boy who thought his eating disorder gave him super-powers.

Matt was quite a quirky character, and I liked how he was openly gay and unashamed about being who he was. I did feel sorry for him though that he had so much stuff going on in his life to deal with though.

“My best guess is that a spell has been cast on me, so that everyone else sees me as a scrawny gangly bag full of bones, and I alone see the truth, which is, as I mentioned, that I am an enormous fat greasy disgusting creature.”

The storyline in this was about Matt’s eating disorder, his sister running away from home, and even a little romance. We also got a bit of a strange storyline about Matt thinking that the hungrier he was, the more his special powers worked, and he was able to smell people and know their secrets. This was a little strange, but it did seem like these weird things were really happening to him rather than him being delusional. I was also surprised by the romance in this story as I wasn’t expecting that at all, but I was glad that someone saw Matt and accepted him for who he was.

“I saw, heard, smelled things others could not.
Somehow, I had become Peter f*cking Parker.”

The ending to this was okay, but this did feel like rather an odd story overall.

6.25 out of 10
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