The Stone Girl
The Stone Girl
The Stone Girl
Alyssa Sheinmel
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.  From critically acclaimed writer Alyssa B. Sheinmel comes an unflinching and unparalleled portrayal of one girl’s withdrawal, until she is sinking like a stone into her own illness, her own loneliness—her own self.

Book Details

Genre: 

  • Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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Sethie, a high school senior living in New York City, has bones of stone, skin of glass, and hair of straw. When she tries to hurt herself, and breaks the skin, allowing blood to escape, she feels no pain. By starving herself and forcing her meals back out, Sethie hopes to lose weight from her 111 pounds. Sethie struggles to maintain her own self-goals that effects her appearance.

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