The Art of Starving

The Art of Starving

Book - 2017
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A bullied gay teen boy with an eating disorder believes he's developed super powers via starvation.
Matt's stomach stabs and twists, pleading for a meal, but Matt won't give in. The hunger clears his mind, keeps him sharp-- and the less he eats the more he seems to have the ability to see things he shouldn't be able to see. Maybe even the authority to bend time and space. And Matt needs to be as sharp as possible if he's going to find out just how Tariq and his band of high school bullies drove his sister, Maya, away. But Matt doesn't realize there are many kinds of hunger-- and he isn't in control of all of them.
Publisher: New York, NY :, HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062456717
Characteristics: 372 pages ; 22 cm


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Apr 15, 2019

If I wanted to be massively depressed I'd simply pick up the daily newspaper for free. I got to p. 28 and didn't want any more. Perhaps it hits too close to the mark for me (past history with an eating disorder). On the positive, it appeared to be very well written, I simply couldn't go on. I also steered my teen daughter away from it.

Although The Art of Starving won an award for extraordinary science fiction, I perceived the work more as realistic fiction and that the magical elements were hallucinatory or imaginary, but I suppose that was intentionally ambiguous. The audiobook version is well-read and recommended for readers age 14+.

Cynthia_N Aug 26, 2017

I really liked this book! For me this book clearly showed how Matt's anorexia is directly related to his feeling powerless. Not only does he gain power over a portion of his life but he also gains a few extra powers that most people don't have. Quick read and I loved book format with the rules!


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