Published by Point on October 1st 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Find your voice.
Hopeless. Freak. Elephant. Pitiful. These are the words of Skinny, the vicious voice that lives inside fifteen-year-old Ever Davies’s head. Skinny tells Ever all the dark thoughts her classmates have about her. Ever knows she weighs over three hundred 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.
Skinny is a standalone book by Donna Cooner and the first I have ever read by this author.
I thought I would have a real connection with this book after reading the synopsis but unfortunately I didn’t. I really wanted to love it, but it truly rubbed me the wrong way so to speak. I was so disappointed because I was very much looking forward to enjoying this one.
I think the idea of the story is phenomenal, but so much of the book was just not what I was looking for.
We have a girl in her teens who is dealing with a huge loss in her life and went to food for comfort. She gained weight and is now dealing with a little voice in her head named “Skinny” telling her all kinds of degrading little things.
This girl needed real guidance and therapy to help deal with her tragic loss and weight gain as a result, but instead had an operation to lose weight. She didn’t have a problem with weight until after her emotional loss and instead of getting help for this the first choice was operation? It’s just wrong on so many levels. I also don’t find it plausible. I don’t think a doctor would perform such an operation on a teenager without confirming that there are no other options.
I realize that this is fiction and I need to reach outside of the box a bit here, but I just think if the story had headed in the direction of the operation and instead ended up having the character realize that she could lose the weight and be happy without the operation before it actually happened, then it would have been an awesome book about a healing process and show of strength to accomplish such a feat all on her own with the help of people that matter most to her.
Speaking of people that matter most to her… her people failed her in my opinion.
This experience wasn’t all negative!
The writing and dialogue is actually quite good, and it flowed very nicely. I just had a problem with the content not how it was written.
I will give this author another try for sure.