Literary Fiction

Eat Only When You're Hungry

by Lindsay Hunter

Quick take

Spoiler alert: bad choices outweigh good ones in this novel.  And yet the hope is there.

Why I love it

What is it about the word 'œaddict' that triggers so many contrasting emotions? Pity, fear, anger, disgust, sympathy. And what about empathy? After reading Eat Only When You’re Hungry, the empathy I felt outweighed every other feeling. I came away weeping, laughing, and nodding in recognition.

After all, aren’t we all addicted to something? Why do some of us maintain balance while others fall so...


Achingly funny and full of feeling, _Eat Only When You’re Hungry_ follows fifty-eight-year-old Greg as he searches for his son, GJ, an addict who has been missing for three weeks. Greg is bored, demoralized, obese, and as dubious of GJ’s desire to be found as he is of his own motivation to go looking. Almost on a whim, Greg embarks on a road trip to central Florida—a noble search for his s...

Member thoughts

14% Love
48% Like
35% Dislike
  • Karin N.

    Chicago, IL

    "At first I was kind of blah on this book but I got WRAPPED UP in it by the end. I thought it was really effective, how the author drew the reader right into Greg's life."

  • Susannah L.

    New York, NY

    "So human, so heartfelt, so good."

  • Kelsey M.

    Kent, WA

    "Great insight into addiction and the human tendency to focus on others' issues rather than our own. "

  • Sarah P.

    San Leandro, CA

    "LOVED IT. I haven't read a book in a while where the characters felt this real and the writing felt this alive. What a beautiful and poignant exploration of family and addiction!"

  • Kristy E.

    Chico, CA

    "Feels weird to say I loved such a sad book about addiction, denial, and the cycle of abuse...but I did. The reader goes on an emotional road trip with Greg and discover a man who can't see himself. "

  • Jessica H.

    Odenton, MD

    "Beautiful writing of gut-wrenching events. This is a book that when you finish, you slowly close the book and stare out into the nothingness of your existential thoughts. Eager to read Ugly Girls next"

  • Rebecca H.

    Lafayette, LA

    "This was sad and so very human. Lindsay Hunter is a talent."

  • Jess B.

    Bowmanstown, PA

    "The low ratings of this book surprise me. Probably bc it's not neatly wrapped with a bow. The characters are so real, believable, lovable, hateable. I relate to each character in one way or another."

  • Brittney E.

    Salida, CA

    "I loved this story from beginning to end. A wonderful story about how a father changes his understanding of his son's troubles and in return learns something about himself. "

  • Katie C.

    San Jose, CA

    "Beautiful, sad, and very emotional "

  • Samantha C.

    Marlborough, MA

    "I love a good character driven novel. Interesting perspectives. "