The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller

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Read The Art of Starving Online Free - More Happy Than Not meets Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future in this gritty, contemporary YA debut about a bullied gay teen boy with an eating disorder who believes he’s developed super powers via starvation.

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.

A darkly funny, moving story of body image, addiction, friendship, and love, Sam J. Miller’s debut novel will resonate with any reader who’s ever craved the power that comes with self-acceptance.

Title : The Art of Starving
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ISBN : 0062456717
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 384 pages


Emily May rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 11, 2017

I wanted desperately to tell him that I had very good hearing—because I was starving myself—because it gave me superpowers. I cannot tell you how much I wanted to love this book. I've been pushing myself through for the past ten days. A YA novel about a gay teenage boy with an eating disorder se...

Larry rated it ★★★★☆

August 16, 2017

"My sin, my condition, is way worse. I choose not to eat because I am an enormous fat greasy disgusting creature that no one will ever feel attracted to. Now you can't see me, but if you could, you'd probably say what everyone else says. 'What are you talking about?' 'You are so skinny!'" When Mat...

destiny rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 11, 2018

"That's one of the more infuriating bugs in the human software. You can have two ideas that are total opposites and believe them both completely." Since this is a book about eating disorders, I'll go ahead and warn that my review on its own could potentially be triggering. I'll add full content wa...

Laura rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 19, 2017

Hunger was a pack of wolves, starving and mad, running through my bloodstream, gaunt ribs showing through mangy scabbed fur, fangs bared at every shadow. Hunger pulled me out of bed after midnight, twisting my stomach like wringing out a wet towel, sinking savage talons into my skin and marionett...

Kai rated it ★★☆☆☆

April 06, 2017

"Being better isn't a battle that you fight and win. Feeling okay is a war, one that lasts your whole life and the only way to win is to keep on fighting." Note: Seeing the lack of books featuring a male main character, or even a side character, who has an eating disorder, I’m so glad to finally r...

Shaun rated it ★★★★★

October 30, 2017

There were days when I was depressed when I would lay in bed for 20 hours with my eyes closed, and I began to believe I could see through my eyelids. I didn't know if it was echolocation or X-ray vision, but I believed. There were other days when I could cut myself, and the pain made me feel powe...

Sarah rated it ★★★☆☆

May 09, 2017

(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) “Hunger makes you better. Smarter. Sharper. I have learned this through practical experimentation.” This was a YA contemporary/magical realism story about a boy who thought his eating disorder gave him sup...

Elise rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 11, 2017

2.5 stars, mainly because I have absolutely no idea how I felt about this. I didn't enjoy it at all but... it was still a good book? How do I even explain this. The Art of Starving is an incredibly raw book about eating disorders. It incorporates magical realism seamlessly into the plot. The writ...

Maria rated it ★★★☆☆

November 05, 2017

Actual Rating: 3.5 stars. -- Initial post reading thoughts: This is another one of those stories that I just need to think about a little longer before I can write any kind of decent review... This was definitely a strange one and there were a few things I liked and a few things I didn't. -- What I Li...

Jay rated it ★★★★★

July 30, 2017

Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: Matt's life has been getting increasingly harder. His older sister Maya has run away from home, his mother might lose her job, he's constantly being bullied for being gay and has a crush...

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