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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 670L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Point (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545427630
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545427630
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #704,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 7-10-In this debut novel, Cooner fictionalizes her experiences with extreme-weight-loss surgery. Ever Davies, 15, thinks she would be perfect for the part of Cinderella in her high school musical. She can sing, she knows what it's like to have a stepmother and stepsisters at home, and most people tend to ignore her since she weighs more than 300 pounds. Even Jackson, a childhood friend and now a hunk, looks right through her. Food has been a comfort since her mother died; however, her weight is becoming a serious health issue. And Skinny, the little voice in her head, keeps up a running commentary about Ever's weight and total incompetence. Despite her concerns about the risks of surgery, Ever finally undergoes gastric bypass. Her geeky friend, Rat, stands by her throughout the process, helping her chart her progress with pounds lost and pertinent songs. As she loses weight, Ever learns about the people around her-her stepsister Briella, who uses shopping to soothe herself when her dad ignores her; her new friend, Whitney; and even Rat, who might be Prince Charming in disguise. She forces herself to enroll in drama class to qualify for the musical and finds that she enjoys it. And as she becomes more confident, she realizes that Skinny's voice isn't as loud as it once was. The surgery is discussed in detail; readers can see this isn't a quick, easy solution, and that Ever's problems don't magically go away. This story will appeal to girls who struggle with doubts and fears, whether dealing with weight issues, loneliness, or lack of popularity.-Diana Pierce, Leander High School, TXα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Ever is 15 years old and 302 pounds. She can’t go swimming, drive a car, or even walk up the stairs without running out of breath. Weight Watchers, fat camp, miracle diets, a hypnotherapist—she has tried it all. But after a chair snaps beneath her in front of the whole school, she decides upon the dramatic and potentially dangerous solution of gastric-bypass surgery. As the weight begins to drop, Ever becomes the pet makeover project of popular Whitney, and this exciting new relationship pulls her away from her ever-loyal best friend, Rat. Debut-novelist Cooner’s real-life experience with gastric bypass lends the story an irrefutable authenticity as Ever learns firsthand the gory details of both the surgical procedure and the aftermath of diet changes, nausea, and dumping. Cooner uses Ever’s imaginary antagonist, Skinny, to drive home the message that Ever’s self-hatred is what is holding her back more than anything else. And while Skinny’s attacks aren’t incorporated especially smoothly, this remains a crucial text for any teen considering such a life-changing surgery. Grades 7-10. --Daniel Kraus

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Customer Reviews

Skinny likes to tell Ever what people really think of her weight.
Kayla's Reads and Reviews
Second, I felt like the whole thing had a little bit of a fairy-tale element that I think detracted from what the story COULD have been.
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This is a powerful story about body image, obesity, perceptions, family dynamics, and learning to love yourself.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Liviania VINE VOICE on October 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I judged SKINNY by it's cover for a long time. The publicist who gave it to me was very enthusiastic, but I wasn't sold enough on the cover to even crack it open. I assumed it was similar to Laurie Halse Anderson's WINTERGIRLS, and would be about some girl dealing with anorexia or bulimia. There's nothing wrong with stories involving anorexia or bulimia, but I've read several - and reviewed several. It's an important issue but not one that resonates much with me. But that's not what SKINNY is about. Ever Davies is fifteen and weighs more than three-hundred pounds. She is not that slender girl on the cover of her story.

Ever's a tough protagonist to like. She is a mean girl. She's very aware of her weight and constantly on the offensive so that she can hurt others before they hurt her. She believes that she can hear what everyone thinks of her. She calls that voice in her head that calls her ugly and unlovable and other terrible things "Skinny." But while it may be hard to like Ever due to her abrasiveness, she's an easy character to understand and you do feel for her. Plus, her inability to see her the problems of those around her can partially be chalked up to the fact that she's fifteen.

SKINNY mostly focuses on why Ever chooses to have gastric bypass surgery and what her life is like in that first year after the surgery. Donna Cooner has had gastric bypass surgery herself and does not dismiss it as an easy fix. Ever often struggles with her new diet and exercise requirements and wonders if she made the right decision. Losing weight doesn't instantly fix her self esteem either, nor does getting a makeover from a popular girl. Ever has to learn to accept and love herself, which isn't easy for anyone.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Figueroa on October 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I was excited to read this book because it was a completely new concept in a YA book. I had never heard of another book where the main character undergoes Gastric Bypass surgery. It was a much more serious subject than the usual type of YA books that I read. I remember the line that I waited in to get this book from the author at the Book Expo America, so I figured I might as well read it.

I thought it was going to be so much better than it was. In fact, it took me a long, long time to finish this book because I wasn't really into it. It was sort of slow and nothing really big was happening. Once Ever, the main character, got the surgery it didn't get much better. She was very superficial and selfish. The author briefly touched upon the issues that led to Ever becoming obese, but I thought that there would have been more of a focus on it. There wasn't. Ever spent most of her time complaining about the boy she couldn't get, her friends, and her step-sisters. As I said, it wasn't as good as I thought it could be.

Though she managed to lose a large amount of weight and she got everything she wanted in the end, I still felt that Ever had unresolved past issues that were never really dealt with. Skinny would have seemed much more personal and "deep" if these things had been discussed. In the end it ended up being (as I said) superficial and very similar to every other high school story out there.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hannah @ Paperback Treasures on December 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
There are two things I consider when writing my reviews: What I felt while reading and how I feel once I've finished the book. But I'm not sure what to do when these two feelings don't fit, like with Skinny. I really liked it while reading, but now that I think about it, lots of it is pretty bad. And I still can't decide which of those things is how I really feel about Skinny.

If you hate everything predictable and cliched, Skinny is definitely not for you - it is Cheese Central. Skinny has all of the typical high school scenes, like Ever being accepted by the popular crowd and abandoning her loyal but nerdy old best friend - we all know exactly what's going to happen. It doesn't get much cheeiser than all of these Cindarella references, or the whole storyline of Ever finding her voice on stage, complete with an excessive load of musical references. The family storyline is cliched, too, and very underdeveloped - I wanted much more depth to Brielle's character, not to mention Lindsay, the other stepsister, whom we never get to know.

The body image message is a little weird. I didn't notice while reading, but now, it bugs me how much it seemed like weight loss solved all of Ever's problems. Ever's self-worth is based pretty much only on other people's opinions, and I wish the character growth had focused more on Ever learning to take care of her body for herself, not just to make people like her. It also frustrated me how Ever losing her mom was never really explored we never got to feel her grief, how that was only used as the motivation for Ever's overeating.

But while reading, I didn't mind most of that, and that's because of the writing. Donna Cooner's style is very honest and it flows so nicely.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicole @ Paperback Princess on August 14, 2014
Format: Paperback
This was a really good, cliche book. When I say really good, I mean really good for a straight forward cliche book where the morbidly obese girl finally discovers who she is, and that she can like herself after loosing all this weight. She doesn't realize that she's in love with another character, and she realizes that "Skinny," the evil little voice in her head that told her she wasn't good enough, was wrong. People did like her and wanted to be her friend before she lost this weight, but "Skinny" didn't let it happen.

I really didn't like Ever. She was sort of a bitch to everyone and was really immature, and while "Skinny" said everything that people thought, I felt that her reactions based on "Skinny" were a little out of line. For example, she went off on her best friend because "Skinny" said something in her head. It was entirely unjustified and unfair.

Everything in this book also worked itself out a little too perfectly. She loses the weight, gets the guy, fixes things with her family, gets the lead in the play despite not having the professional experience everyone else has, even winds up with the Queen B for a best friend. While Ever does have a lot of challenges and hurdles, she seems to face them off the pages of the book so what we see of her character development was limited to her hating herself, deciding to get surgery, and then her recovery from the surgery. It all seemed so superficial and like her growth was just a decision and not something she really went through.

I didn't like ever, but I did love Briella and Rat because they were good people and good characters, and more dimensional than Ever was. I feel badly for Donna Cooner, the author, whose life experience inspired Skinny, but this book just didn't speak to me. I was okay in the end.
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