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Skinny Hardcover – October 1, 2012
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
The story though takes a turn so fast my head spun. One minute Ever is struggling with the physical impact her emotional response to her mother's death has on her weight and then suddenly she's getting major MAJOR elective gastric bypass surgery!!
I don't have anything against weight loss surgery. I think it is a viable option for people who's life is at risk. Who are unable to do physical activity due to their weight. Who have gone through all options. Who have determined that their weight problems are due to physical issues and not emotional. Ever is physically able to exercise. Ever has tried a few diets, but earlier in the book confesses to binging and hiding food, purposely sabotaging her diets and eating for spite. Ever has emotional problems. Her weight gain was a direct result of her mother's death. Yet no one suggests she get some grief counseling or therapy.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Goodness no. This book was such a let down. I'm sorry. I loved this book until I realized what it was actually saying. Then I just got pissed off. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pikachu †FearStreetZombie†
Sadly, this struggle is felt by so many high school students. Negative self talk, assumptions of who you are/are not and self limiting or self destructive behaviors. Read morePublished 5 months ago by KAMMIE
Ever is morbidly obese and Skinny is the voice in her head (her thoughts) who constantly reminds her how fat and ugly she is. Read more
Clearly Ever needed psychiatric help. She was constantly talking to a voice in her head that she had named. Read morePublished 6 months ago by LNC
It is kind of ironic how I judged Skinny by its cover for a long time when one of the main themes in the book is to not judge a book by its cover. Read morePublished 7 months ago by mary ann michno
An interesting debut, focusing on a topic that is not often seen in literature. While it didn't relate to me, I enjoyed it.Published 8 months ago by :o so funny
I'm shocked that I have to give a review like this for a story I thought would be a 5-star... but this actually made me really upset. Borderline really angry. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Daryl Gainnes
I had made the right to chose this book as my summer reading project. This book has everything that a perfect teenager book should have & I feel in love with this book.Published 9 months ago by Susmita dhungel