This book left the club feeling empty. There were elements we all liked, but in the end we mostly wanted more. We felt that the book might have been a bit two short for what it was trying to accomplished. We definitely liked the concept of taking a real topic and immersing it in the not so real, but because of the shortness of the book both sides of the coin seemed to be lacking. We wanted to know more about Lisa's anorexia: what caused it? what were her tricks to hide it? We found ourselves comparing it to Laurie Halse Anderson's Wintergirls, a book we reviewed over a year ago. We felt Laurie did a better job with the topic. We also wanted to see more of Lisa in the role of Famine: what struggles could she face as this horseman especially now that she's gotten some help? We were a bit disappointed that her rein as Famine was short lived and that Death just allowed her to walk away. We also wanted to know more about the horsemen as well. Why did Death chose the riders he did? How did the other becomes who they are? Were they, too, human first?
Then there was the people surrounding Lisa: her parents and friends. Let's just say, there was potential for growth we felt didn't get explored.
Our next book: Annie On My Mind by Nancy Garden. It's about two teenage girls who fall in love. As always, stay tuned for my progress.
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