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 down to 111 pounds and knows that with a little more hard work—a few more meals skipped, a few more snacks vomited away—she can force the number on the scale even lower. She will work on her body the same way she worked to get her perfect grades, to finish her college applications early, to get her first kiss from Shaw, the boy she loves, the boy who isn’t quite her boyfriend.
Sethie will not allow herself one slip, not one bad day, not one break in concentration. Her body is there for her to work on when everything and everyone else—her best friend, her schoolwork, and Shaw—are gone.
The Stone Girl follows the story of a girl, Sethie, who is dating this guy, Shaw. Over time, Sethie has become really self-conscious of her body and she starts to make it her personal goal to become skinnier and skinnier.
I had a lot of mixed feelings about Sethie as a character. At times, I felt she contradicted herself and was kind of naive. I really couldn't understand why she wanted to be skinny so desperately and I found it pretty heartbreaking the way she kept pushing herself to become more so. However, she did seem a like a nice person and was so friendly to others :) She was a complicated character!
During the book, Sethie dates a guy named Shaw. I didn’t like him, but there were some really awesome characters that came in later in the story. I ended up really liking a lot of the supporting characters! I wasn’t a huge fan of Sethie’s friend, Janey, in the beginning, but I started to like her as the book went on. She was a good friend to Sethie :)
There was both some sex and drugs involved. I didn’t end up liking how it was used and I didn't think it was necessary in The Stone Girl. However, the plot did move at a good pace, and it really picked up in the middle. If you’re looking for an interesting book that talks about a serious issue, I’d recommend Stone Girl to you. I’d give it 31/2 out of 5 flowers. Happy Reading! :)
*Thank you so much to the ARCycling program and Brittany from The Book Addict's Guide for the copy of The Stone Girl :)