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This is a darkly funny, richly literary story that recognizes some of the most mundane things that happen to people and makes them interesting and thought provoking in a way I would’ve never imagined independently. Hunter puts our insecurities and emotional survival to the forefront here through the spirit of the characters in this novel. I couldn’t help but relate in small ways with various characters. That was my favorite part about this novel, the human element.
There is a ton about addiction and dealing with a loved one who suffers from severe polysubstance addiction. The main character Greg is divorced, overweight, and struggling himself in so many ways but decides to take a road trip to look for his missing son (GJ) who is an extreme addict. While Greg is looking for his son, the reader learns a lot about Greg himself and his own problems. Like many real life family addiction situations, Greg loves his son but is so burnt out from the continuous fall out of his sons use that he doesn’t even know what to do for himself much less his son.
Hunter’s mind works in a way that others don’t when exploring the human experience. Hunter’s work in this book reminds me of one of my favorite writers AM Homes, so if you are a fan of hers then pick up this book. To be honest though, while I liked this book, I loved Hunter’s previous book, Ugly Girls. So in comparing Hunter’s own work is why I will likely give it 4 stars instead of 5 stars. Ugly Girls has the human elements Eat Only When You’re Hungry has, but also contains more tension and violence which gives it more action and made it more appealing to me. Honestly, the stars don’t mean much. If you want to read a book that will make you laugh and feel uncomfortable at the same time then give it a try.