Book Review–The Stone Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel


This is the 87th book from my 200 Book Reading Challenge.

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The Stone Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Published January 1st, 2012


She feels like a creature out of a fairy tale; a girl who discovers that her bones are really made out of stone, that her skin is really as thin as glass, that her hair is brittle as straw, that her tears have dried up so that she cries only salt. Maybe that’s why it doesn’t hurt when she presses hard enough to begin bleeding: it doesn’t hurt, because she’s not real anymore.

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.


This is probably the best book concerning eating disorders that I’ve ever read. At first, I wasn’t sure if I would like it because the writing style was a little odd. By halfway, I’d actually fallen for the style and thought this was going to be a really good read.

I was wrong. It was an amazing read! The main character, Sethie, is interesting and easy to relate to. I’ve struggled with body image most of my life and a lot of the thoughts she said were much, if not exactly like, my own. I also found she was likable, though I also wanted to give her a huge hug. She goes through a lot of discovery throughout the book and I like the positivity toward the end.

The side characters also made this an awesome read. I loved Janey, the best friend. She was likable, edgy, and helpful. I also really liked Ben, a sweet college boy that Sethie ends up befriending. I didn’t care much for Shaw, Sethie’s boyfriend, but that’s a good thing–we’re not supposed to like him. I would have liked to see the mother get a little more involved, but I also liked how things turned out.

The writing was beautiful and easy to get into. I’m not normally a big fan of third person POV, but the author did a good job with it, though it’s possible the name “Sethie” was a bit overused. The rest was so good that it really didn’t bother me too much, though.

This might be a trigger book for anyone who’s ever (or is currently) anorexic/bulimic/has body image issues, but if you believe you can handle it, I definitely recommend it. Was an awesome and touching read.





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