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The Stone Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel Book Review

The Stone Girl
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.
I haven't read that many emotional contemporaries, but The Stone Girl turned out to be a good one. It told such a powerful, interesting story! :)



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 :)

16 comments:

  1. The Stone Girl sounds intense, but having been exposed to eating disorders, I'd be very interested in reading this one - Great Review :)

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    1. Thanks! :) The eating disorder part of the book was really intense, I hope you enjoy it!

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  2. Sounds intense. I always 'like' to read books about this subject, so I'm going to take a look :) Thanks for the lovely review.

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  3. WOW! This sounds like a dark YA book. And it seems to have some very sensitive issues regarding teens..girls in particular. I don't usually read books like this, but I am intrigued by this one. Brilliant Review, Montana! :D

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair

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    1. Thank you :) I don't usually read books like it either, but I liked this one!

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  4. Hmm I've read maybe one story where the girl's goal was to lose weight before, but I definitely think they're emotional stories :) I'm sorry that the main character contradicted herself at times though and was naive that's always a bummer :( But anyways, thanks for the review, I'm glad you enjoyed this for the most part!

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    1. It definitely was pretty good, besides the main character :) Thanks!

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  5. I've read one book which has the same issue but it wasn't much emphasized. I expect this to be emotional and interesting. It's nice to know the side of a person suffering from an eating disorder especially now that more teenagers have the tendency to be one.
    Thanks for not giving away much spoilers in the review!

    -Karina @CouchPotatoReader

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  6. Wow, this sounds super intense. I like it! I'll have to check it out.

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  7. This book sounds really good! I had a friend who had an eating disorder so I know that it can be a hard subject. Thanks for the review!
    Danna

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  8. Ooh, sounds like a good story! I'm really cautious about reading emotional stories like this one, because I don't want to just fly through them like I normally would—I feel like stories like these—that have a message—deserve more time and thought.

    It definitely sounds like an emotional read—thanks for reviewing it! (:

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  9. Really enjoyed the review. Sounds like a real emotional read and carries a really important message

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  10. Sounds like a very intense and interesting read. Adding it to my TBR list.

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  11. I can't do it. The subject of this book is one that I just can't take. I am glad that it was a good story. I think it could help people. But I just can't do it!

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