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The Stone Girl - Alyssa B. Sheinmel Source: eARC from NetGalleyI've read other YA fiction that deals with eating disorders. The Stone Girl is a story that shows a different aspect of what it feels like to be completely obsessed with food. Sethie tries to be constantly vigilant about everything she eats, everything she does, everything she says. The effort of it nearly exhausts her. Her view of the world is contracting; her self-consciousness morphs into self-absorption. The Stone Girl is written in a pared-down, unsentimental style, with characters that struck me as nuanced and true to life. Shaw, Sethie's boyfriend, is too immature to give her the kind of intense emotional support she needs. Sethie's mother is a busy single mother who feels helpless in the face of her daughter's suffering. Jane, Sethie's friend, starts out seeming like a rich girl frenemy, then reveals a completely different side of herself. Ben, a friend of Janey's boyfriend, is six foot seven and completely unapologetic about his size, which fascinates Sethie. As a college student, he also gives Sethie a glimpse into what the wider world could hold for her. I was so relieved to see this glimmer of hope appear for Sethie. But Sethie's story doesn't gloss over the fact that change is difficult.I'd argue that all Alyssa Sheinmel's books have fairy tale themes and elements, and The Stone Girl is no exception. Like traditional fairy tales, The Stone Girl acknowledges the dark side of an obsession with beauty and perfection. The Stone Girl is a story of transformation and self-discovery.