The Art of Starving

The Art of Starving


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
Edition Language:English
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Number of Pages:372 pages

    The Art of Starving Reviews

  • Emily May

    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 pushin...

  • Larry H

    "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 ...

  • Emma Giordano

    (Update 6/30) I am planning on reading this book through a critical lens, hoping to find some good representation but also keeping in mind what is important to praise as well as condone in ED literatu...

  • destiny ? howling libraries

    "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."This quote fits kind of perfectly, because I am so tor...

  • Laura

    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, tw...

  • Kai

    "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 ma...

  • Sarah

    (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...

  • Elise (thebookishactress on wordpress)

    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 ra...

  • Jay G

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer...Matt's life has been getting increasingly harder. His older sister Maya has run away from...

  • Patrick Ropp

    Sam's debut novel is absolutely haunting. Matt, an angry, sarcastic gay teen with an antagonistic relationship with his body, tries desperately to find out why his sister ran away from home. Filled wi...