Review

The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller *Mini Review*

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“Matt hasn’t eaten in days.

His stomach stabs and twists inside, pleading for a meal. But Matt won’t give in. The hunger clears his mind, keeps him sharp—and he 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.

Matt’s hardworking mom keeps the kitchen crammed with food, but Matt can resist the siren call of casseroles and cookies because he has discovered something: the less he eats the more he seems to have . . . powers. The ability to see things he shouldn’t be able to see. The knack of tuning in to thoughts right out of people’s heads. Maybe even the authority to bend time and space. 

So what is lunch, really, compared to the secrets of the universe?

Matt decides to infiltrate Tariq’s life, then use his powers to uncover what happened to Maya. All he needs to do is keep the hunger and longing at bay. No problem. But Matt doesn’t realize there are many kinds of hunger… and he isn’t in control of all of them.”

So I am doing this in a mini review since I don’t really know how to sentence my feelings towards this book because I am not really sure how I feel about this book. This is one of those books I don’t know if I like it or hate it. I liked that this book is an ownvoices book and that the main character is gay and dealing with anorexia. But on the other side of that I don’t know how to feel about the magical realism part in this book, and I don’t even know if that part is real or not.

I liked that this book was writing in first person, so you are following Matt’s thoughts throughout the book and the way he thinks about himself and food. There is also a sort of mystery aspect in here, because his older sister had went away. She still keeps in contact, but Matt doesn’t know where she is and he wants to find out what is going on.

Overall I still don’t know how to feel about this book, I was feeling itchy about the magical realism and I still don’t know if I liked it. I liked that I could see what was going on in Matt’s head since he is dealing with anorexia, I am always interested in reading the thoughts of characters with a mental illness.

One thought on “The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller *Mini Review*

  1. Oh, this one seems like one of those that are good but might not be that good, if you know what I mean 😀 The blurb does sound interesting though, plus it’s an ownvoices book with anorexia rep by a gay character so that does call out to me. Might be giving this one a chance.

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