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The Stone Girl Hardcover – August 28, 2012
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"Sheinmel proves there’s a lot more to an eating disorder than food, or the lack thereof."
Publishers Weekly, August 20, 2012:
"This drama about a girl on the road to anorexia offers candid insights into the psychological factors underlying the condition. ...Sheinmel's depiction of her self-defeating behavior comes across as vivid and painfully truthful."
Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2012:
School Library Journal (online), January 8, 2013:
"Sethie’s plight will resonate not only with teens who have dealt with eating disorders but with any reader who has felt the unyielding pressure to conform to a just out-of-reach ideal."
Top Customer Reviews
This hit home on a personal level because I dealt with eating disorders in high school and to this day I still struggle with body image. I think that Sethie's attitudes towards food and how she saw herself was very realistic.
I really liked Ben in this book, and I respected his mannerisms towards Sethie. I think that he was all that she needed even when she didn't get what she wanted. On the other hand, Shaw irritated me so badly, I just wanted to smack some sense into him. That said, I think that he is like so many guys out there, and I don't at all blame Sethie for seeing what she wanted to in their relationship.
The friendship element of this story also kept me glued to the pages. Jane is the type of friend that someone struggling needs. I admit, she did help along the eating disorder without really realizing how deep Sethie was, and later admits that she was only trying to impress her. How she kept calling and kept making the effort with Sethie really impressed me and I wish that I had someone like that in my corner when I was dealing with eds. It wasn't perfect, we also saw them hurting one another, mistrust, and other issues, but ultimately it came down to a nice friendship.
The only thing that I wished was that it was written in first person, because I didn't feel quite as connected to Sethie as I wanted to, and I think that if it weren't in third person, that would have been achieved. Don't get me wrong, I still felt for her and I think the emotion and the obsession definitely came through, I just think it could've been a bit stronger.Read more ›
The main character Sethie is relatable to just about every girl in High School, and anyone that's ever been through that. Even if you weren't anorexic, you can still relate to what she is going through in her life, and how she is feeling.
I feel like her downward spiral wouldn't have been so dramatic if she had a better support network. The other characters in the book, her friends and family, don't seem to take any notice to her condition until the end of the book, and even then it doesn't feel genuine.
The ending felt like it could have been much more. Everything was "wrapped up" quickly, and not everything was "wrapped up" completely. I would be happy to read a sequel of this, to see Sethie getting help, and how she overcomes this disease. I think it would add greatly to her story, and give Sethie the ending she deserves.
As I kept reading, it's clear that even though people may not notice the physical signs as much, Sethie is doing her body major harm by starving herself and even worse, we start to see her mental state deteriorating. The more pressure she puts on herself to not eat, stay skinny, lose even more weight, the more we see the stress taking its toll on her. She stops caring about her once good grades. She starts to purge the food she just ate, even if only a little. She stops communicating with her mother, who is her only parent as a single mom.Read more ›
One of the most important accomplishments she’s achieved is paying attention to her weight. She is tired of feeling all the fat accumulate between her thighs, on her belly and all over her body so, just as she’s challenged herself to be perfect in other areas of her life, Sethie is applying perfection to herself. She has managed to get her weight down to 111 pounds, but finds even that to be too fat. Having recently discovered how to throw up her food, she is ecstatic.
When Sethie finds out Shaw, the love of her life, doesn’t want to be with her anymore her world crashes down around her. Since she can’t control how he feels, Sethie feels there is only one thing she can control: her weight. As she continues to get skinnier and skinnier, her health declines, and other physical problems begin to manifest themselves. Without help, it will just be a matter of time before Sethie really turns into the stone girl she already feels she’s become.
“The Stone Girl” casts an uncompromising view at the world of the Anorexic and Bulimic teenager, colored through the experiences of the author who’d also had similar problems when she was a teen. High school teens who read “The Stone Girl” will not only be educated on what to look for in their friends who may be suffering from similar weight loss illnesses, but may also recognize themselves within its pages and seek the help they need.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was saddened when reading this book not because the book was bad. It was a great book I am saddened that there are so many young girls going through the horrible feelings and... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
Definitely hits a lot of areas that girls with eating disorders deal with on a daily basis but it also leaves you questioning so muchPublished 14 months ago by M.K.
You can actually get into her mind set and almost understand her. While I don't agree or have followed her choices. I have felt the same body image and insecurity as sethiePublished 14 months ago by Christine Dehnert
When I saw The Stone Girl on the sale shelf in a bookshop, I immediately grabbed it. Although Young Adult contemporary books don't tend to be to my taste, but when it's an issue... Read morePublished on July 20, 2014 by Kat
This was just another run-of-the-mill book about teen eating disorders. The characters and story were predictable, I don't feel like I gained anything from reading this.Published on January 14, 2014 by Jacqueline
Sethie is a straight-A student who has sex with a young man whom she thinks of as her boyfriend despite the fact that he barely acknowledges her as anything other than an... Read morePublished on January 1, 2014 by Heidi G
The writing is superior. The words flowed so well. Characters were well-drawn. The main character, Sethie, is likeable and very in touch with herself and that was refreshing. Read morePublished on September 21, 2013 by Mohicangirl