This ambitious, ribald, and extremely honest first novel attempts to unravel the familial and social pressures that drive two sisters into a life of serious food abuse. One survives, the other doesn't. Frannie, though she does not succumb completely to anorexia, is near the breaking point, and Hunger Point takes us along on her painful and often funny emotional odyssey of rebirth, detailed with her family's embattled love and her own self-loathing. Food is not the only matter of the body that is treated brilliantly; the author's soul-baring depiction of both the miseries and pleasures of sex from a woman's point of view is unforgettable and occasionally terrifying.
Good book; hard to put down. I may be neither thin nor beautiful but it was easy to see myself in Frannie's shoes. Even though our stories are totally different, we had a lot in common. My only complaint is standard happily ever after ending. Life is funny like that -- things may get better but they never get perfect.
The main character Franny is totally unlikeable. She's a spoiled child who thinks the world revolves around her. The story was about her sister who died from anorexia, and Franny basically tries to become anorexic too, to garner attention and sympathy. Hated it.
A very real, witty book. I enjoyed Frannie's character, even if she was selfish and childish at times. It does get a bit slow towards the end, and compared to before where I found it gripping, I found it a little difficult to wade through it all. A nice ending that's happy, in a way, but still leaves enough to know that Frannie will continue her life.
A great book! Frannie Hunter comes from a dysfunctional family that has weird ideas revolving food. Both sisters struggle with this battle over food and a negative mind that consumes one sister to the brink. I could not put this book down.