October 11, 2012
What happens when the voice in your head tells you you’re fat?
By Sara Biru
“Skinny” by Donna Cooner is a novel that chronicles the life of overweight 15-year-old Ever Davies as she undergoes gastric bypass surgery to lose weight. This novel combines the seriousness of Ever’s weight and self-esteem issues with her witty sense of humor as she goes through life in high school.
“Skinny” leaves you turning the pages, eager to see Ever grow as a person and become more confident and comfortable in her own skin.
The dark, yet interesting twist to this story is that Ever has a voice in her head named Skinny who constantly tells her all the negative thoughts people have of Ever, mostly concerning her weight; everyone, except her best friend Rat.
Ever finally reaches a breaking point and decides to have gastric bypass surgery and take control of her life. She has hopes and dreams that she wants to fulfill, such as being a lead in her school production of “Cinderella,” and getting Jackson, the boy of her dreams.
The romance aspect of this novel is a bit cliche. There were moments in the book that were repetitive and the plot gets a lot slower toward the middle. But once you get through these parts, the book picks up pace and becomes interesting again.
Most importantly, this book offers a realistic portrayal of an insecure teen girl. It does this very creatively by associating all of Ever’s negative thoughts about herself with Skinny. Skinny’s biting comments worsen, which keeps Ever from making friends.
Ever is always defensive and feels invisible, both at home and at school. She takes solace in eating, however, she always becomes angry and disgusted with herself afterward.
Teens can definitely relate to Ever’s inner struggles. Overall, “Skinny” is an interesting and insightful novel about self-discovery and developing self-confidence.
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