Book Review: Hunger by Roxane Gay


Reviewed by: Savannah
Genre: Biography
Format: Softcover
Page count: 320 Pages
Rating: 5/5 stars
In stock: Yes

Okay, as per usual lets start off with a Goodreads synopsis

“In her phenomenally popular essays and long-running Tumblr blog, Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as “wildly undisciplined,” Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. In Hunger, she explores her past—including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life—and brings readers along on her journey to understand and ultimately save herself.

With the bracing candor, vulnerability, and power that have made her one of the most admired writers of her generation, Roxane explores what it means to learn to take care of yourself: how to feed your hungers for delicious and satisfying food, a smaller and safer body, and a body that can love and be loved—in a time when the bigger you are, the smaller your world becomes.”

I had had this book on my figurative TBR pile for a couple months, and then when it was released it was added to my literal TBRs. Bethany did not let me keep it sitting on my pile for long. She had read it right away and practically begged me to read it. And let me say it was SO good! I’m glad she didn’t let me put off reading this book. I actually devoured it, reading it all in one day. Even though I read it so fast it was still a really intense book. This is not at all an easy read by any means. It is the most intimate biography I have ever read. None of the stories were surface level; they all dug deep and were very emotional. This book will 100% make you feel feels. I really don’t know what to say about this book it was just so amazing and emotional and that’s really all that I can articulate. It’s pretty great how open this book is, Roxane Gay just lays everything out for everyone to read. I also find it important to note that I find that Roxanne Gay has just such a way with words that it made this book even more wonderful. Basically, you should read this book it was great. And now that I have finished, I feel like I have to go out and read all of her other work that I haven’t read. Added bonus for those who are into it but all of the chapters are short so that’s a cool thing. All in all, this book was amazing and I don’t know how to properly review it and give it justice but this is my attempt

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