My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won’t find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could’ve been better or what worked or didn’t work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it’s here I probably think it won’t injure your brain if you read it.
When Matt’s sister Maya runs away, he’s convinced that Tariq and his friends did something terrible to her. He knows that Maya called Tariq the night she split, but has no idea why. Anger swells in Matt – anger at Maya for leaving, his mom for letting her, at Tariq for whatever he did, and at himself. It’s hard to hate Tariq when he’s gorgeous, which makes Matt hate himself even more.
The only thing Matt can control in his life is what he eats – or how little. With a dwindling calorie count – and sometimes days passing with no food – Matt makes a discovery. Food is slowing him down, dumbing his senses. When he doesn’t eat, Matt finds he develops super powers. He knows when people carry secrets, can hear conversations across their collapsing town, and can even suspend time if he tries hard enough.
But his plan to get close to Tariq only to destroy him soon backfires, as Tariq’s own secret is something Matt could have never guessed. With his body wasting away, his heart falling hard for Tariq, his mother slipping further into alcoholism and his sister nowhere to be found, Matt keeps pushing himself harder while eating less.
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