Hopeless. Freak. Elephant. Pitiful. These are the words of Skinny, the vicious voice that lives inside 15-year-old Ever Davies's head. Skinny tells Ever all the dark thoughts her classmates have about her. Ever knows she weighs over 300 pounds, knows she'll probably never be loved, and Skinny makes sure she never forgets it.
But there is another voice: Ever's singing voice, which is beautiful but has been silenced by Skinny. Partly in the hopes of trying out for the school musical - and partly to try and save her own life - Ever decides to undergo a risky surgery that may help her lose weight and start over.
With the support of her best friend, Ever begins the uphill battle toward change. But demons, she finds, are not so easy to shake, not even as she sheds pounds. Because Skinny is still around. And Ever will have to confront that voice before she can truly find her own.
©2012 Donna Cooner (P)2012 Scholastic Audio
Speaking as one who has struggled with being overweight my whole life, I can say I learned a lot from "Skinny". I totally understand those emotions, and the self-abuse whenever I would fail at a diet or eat stuff I should not eat. My heart goes out to all who have this same struggle because it eats at your very being and can destroy your self-esteem. Not to mention how hard it is on your health to be overweight. I lost my only sister, all 350 pounds of her, to obesity-related illness at the young age of 47. I miss her every day.
This is a great book and I am very glad I read it. Everyone who has struggled or does now struggle with weight should read it. Although the method this young girl finally chose to help her become more healthy is not the route I would take, I certainly understand her reasons for doing so, and admire her courage.
The revelations about "Skinny" that we learned at the end of the book were worth the entire read! Fabulous!
Say something about yourself!
The character of Ever is real, imperfect, vulnerable and lovable.
Even though the target audience is teen girls,the angst and inner-voice of Skinny, telling Ever she will never be enough, is a universal experience.
Ms. Morton brought warmth and charm to the voice of Ever, and gave all the characters a uniqueness that I could recognize each character every time. With excellent, but seemingly effortless enunciation, I never missed a word.
I would have liked the author to explore how Ever dealt with giving up food as an emotional crutch and truly learn to cope with her grief and move beyond it. Also, I wanted to scream at this Dad for not getting his daughter some psychological therapy: death of a mother and weight gain of 200 pounds in five years is definitely reason to get some help. I would also think any teen girl getting this kind of surgery would need more guidance and support than represented. I do worry that overweight teen girls might read this book and think that gastric bypass is fairly easy and would solve all her problems.
entertaining, enlightening, powerful
don't want to give it away but when Ever starts to confront Skinny
after the dance, her talk with her sister
I read this because my 12 yr daughter's book club is reading it. I Loved it and sad it ended so soon.
Skinny is such a wonderful read and although I started reading the book, I had a lengthy car ride that caused me to switch over to the audio. I found several of Ms. Morton's vocal characterizations to be most annoying. Ultimately, I was happy to get it to my destination and return to the text.
I get unreasonably attached to fictional characters
I think it's a unique a valuable perspective.
The moment when Ever decides she wants to be both less (thinner) and more (happy, involved, full of life) than she is...the dreaded chair moment.
The narration was SO slow. I had to speed it up, otherwise I got really frustrated. Ever is so smart and snarky, a bit angry, and the narration just did not match.
No, I like how it ended. It's like Ever got through the hardest part and was now free to live her life as she chose.
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