Monday, October 22, 2012

Review: Skinny by Donna Cooner

Skinny by Donna Cooner
Release Date: October 1st, 2012
Number of Pages: 272
Publisher: Point
Source: ARC from BEA
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.
I have to say I’m a little on the fence about this book. It’s a book was really intrigued with, and I really wanted to like it. This review is something I have been dreading a little, since I find it hard to put word on what this book made me feel. On one side, the internal struggle of Ever really touched me and in a way relatable (to a certain extant). On the other side, the idea of a teenager getting a gastric bypass surgery makes me cringe. I can get where the author wanted to go, but I couldn’t stop myself from getting a feeling that this could make an obese teenager want to surgery. And I think it can help in certain situation, but to me, I felt like Ever’s problem came from a mental problem, which should have been where the help should have been given.

Ever is over 300 pounds, and she has been gaining weight since her mother’s death. That’s the first thing that made me question the gastric bypass surgery on a 15 years-old teenager. Wow. She clearly has an issue, which probably is at the first thing that should have been addressed before getting the surgery. Am I the only one who felt like it’s one of the first real attempts to help her lose wait? A dangerous surgery? Still doesn’t help the issue that is the CAUSE of that weight problem. Am I too harsh? I just have trouble understanding why. The books about weight issue can be really tricky, especially in Young Adult, and this book just doesn’t live up to what I would have expected of the book.

This book just didn’t live up to my expectation. I was a little disappointed to see Ever go to the surgery so fast, and not to see really her dealing with her issue as much as I would have wanted. Some may really enjoy this book, but for me, it just didn’t work.


  1. I gave Skinny a mostly positive review. Mostly because I think that the author gave an honest depiction of the surgery, however, I'm with you and I was troubled that the decision itself was taken rather lightly.

    Other than a few group meetings I don't think there was any counseling. 15 years old is young to make a choice that you have to live with the consequences for years to come.

    1. I'm with you on that: the author really gave a great depictation of the Gastric Bypass. I probably would have enjoyed it more if the main character had been older...

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