Hunger - A Memoir of My Body by Roxane Gay // Book Review Sprinkles of Dreams

Book Review // Hunger by Roxane Gay

Hunger by Roxane Gay // Book Review Sprinkles of Dreams

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 own 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.mix11

Hunger by Roxane Gay
Publisher: Harper Collins
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir, Feminism
Publication Date: June 13th, 2017

I often say that reading and writing saved my life. I mean that quite literally.

This book was heartbreaking.

I’m usually not too fond of listening to audiobooks, but memoirs and biographies are the rare exception in which I actually prefer them, especially if the authors themselves are reading their work.


Roxane Gay speaks from her heart in Hunger. Her words are raw, unfiltered, and unflinching. You feel her deep-seated pain, and you feel her struggle to cope with the abuse she had to endure in her past, which is still inflicting pain in her present. Her words burrow themselves deep in your mind, preparing to stay there for a long time.

I tried to be the good girl my parents wanted me to be, but it was exhausting. On so many occasions, I wanted to tell them something was wrong. That I was dying inside.


I don’t think I have ever sympathized so deeply with someone whose pain comes from circumstances I can’t even come close to being able to relate to, and I was more than surprised to find people criticizing Roxane Gay for supposedly “doing nothing but complain about her life, and blame others for her misery” in this book.

Maybe I’m biased, because I write myself, but to me it read more like the words of a woman who is bringing her pain to paper, and trying to come to terms with, and process the tormenting thoughts, and resulting habits that are (at the time this book was written), and have been haunting her for most of her life.

I was broken, and then I broke some more, and I am not yet healed, but I have started believing I will be.

If you’re looking for an honest, powerful, and worthwhile memoir, I whole-heartedly recommend reading Hunger.


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Do you like reading memoirs or biographies?

xx, Lily

41 thoughts on “Book Review // Hunger by Roxane Gay”

  1. I have been meaning to read this book for a long time now, and your review has definitely encouraged me to move it to the top of my list. Excellent review! 🙂

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  2. I enjoy reading memoirs. I also like to listen to them in their audio version when narrated by authors themselves. I am currently listening to Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime. One of my favourite memoirs this year is Educated, I’m still thinking about it months after I finished reading it.
    I really want to check out Hunger now, great review. 👌😊

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    1. Ohh Born a Crime is on my TBR! I’m looking forward to hearing what you think, once you’ve finished it. 🙂 And I’m really excited to get to Educated after hearing this, thanks for reminding me of this book! ☺️

      Thank you, Vera!! ❤ I hope you enjoy it, if you decide to pick it up! 🙂

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      1. I will certainly be picking Hunger up. Thank you for bringing it to my attention. 🙂 I am eagerly awaiting Michele Obama’s memoir as well.

        And I really hope you will enjoy both Born a Crime and Educated. 💕

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      1. No I haven’t, I feel like it would be a bit tricky given how varied the essays are. It is such a great book though. Roxanne is one of my favourite social commentators.

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  3. great review, lily!! honestly, im not much for non-fiction books, let alone memoirs, but it seems like this might be a good (heartbreaking) place to start………..

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    1. Thanks, Anna! ☺️🌻

      I’ve only recently (this year, to be exact) started reading more non-fiction + memoirs/biographies, and I’ve come to really appreciate and enjoy them. If you’re ever interested in recommendations, let me know!! 🙂

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      1. i think i only read like….. two??? and they weren’t strictly memoirs, i don’t think….. i have a bunch of lgbt non-fiction books i wanna read but i will definitely ask u for some recs at some point, thank u !!!

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  4. Wow this books sounds so raw and emotional and heart wrenching! I really like Roxanne Grey, so while I may not have much interest in biographies, I might check this one out! Great review! ❤️

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  5. I really can’t seem to finish audiobooks because after a while, my mind wanders and I miss things. 😂
    By the way, I remember following you but when I visited your blog, it says I wasn’t following. 😭 So sorry about that. I just followed. 😅

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    1. I relate to this very much!! I struggled a lot with staying focused at the beginning, but I’m slowly beginning to get used to listening to audiobooks. 🙂

      And ahh don’t worry about it! Thank you so much for following me, I’m so flattered! ❤

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    1. Ahh thank you so much, Ju!! That makes me so, so happy sdnfjnjsdf. ❤

      I really enjoy her social commentary! And I've been thinking about getting Twitter for a while now, but I already get so anxious trying to keep up with all of my social media accounts as it is, so I'm really torn. :/


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