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"Will appeal to girls who struggle with doubts and fears, whether dealing with weight issues, loneliness, or lack of popularity." — School Library Journal
"Debut novelist Cooner's real-life experience with gastric bypass lends the story an irrefutable authenticity a crucial text." — Booklist
"Compelling." — Kirkus
"Resounding . . . with wit, compassion, and courage, SKINNY will speak to everyone who has ever felt invisible or unlovable." — Kathi Appelt, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author and winner of the Newbery Honor
Posted October 6, 2012
This book is really good! I first saw it at my 8th grade book fair and I wasn't going to get it... SO GLAD I DID!!!!! I couldn't put it down! I finished the book in two days. Sequel?? :)
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Posted November 7, 2012
When I first saw the cover of Skinny, I immediately decided this was a book I needed to read ASAP. If you know me, I'm such a sucker for realistic fiction, and especially books that talk about eating disorders. The synopsis kind of reminded me of one of my all time favorite books "Wintergirls" by Laurie Halse Anderson. The main protagonist, Ever, pissed the hell out of me. She's fat, and the big problem is that she feels sorry for herself. She doesn't try to help herself, and she pities herself, and I'm just standing there wanting to slap her. I mean if you want to be "skinny", you gotta work for it. You're obviously going to eat less, and cut off the chocolates and junk. I actually found myself rolling my eyes most of the time. Also I hated how much of a big deal her schoolmates made because of her weight. I mean, so what if a person is fat? Does that mean you can't be friends with them? I found that really stupid and unrealistic to believe. People at her school were actually disgusted because of her! I mean, really?
After doing some thinking, I understood why she felt pity for herself. The voice inside her head, Skinny, is the most unsupportive person, or actually a voice, can be. It's not mentioned in the book, but I understood Ever's psychological problem. That's how the voice inside her head developed, and it grew to the point that even Ever gave the voice a name. That's when I realized that the characters felt real, even though it wasn't clarified of who or what "Skinny" is. Moving to her friend, Rat, he was a very fun character to read about. The only problem was that Donna Cooner didn't really provide any history about how the two of them got to meet each other and etc. Honestly, the story did get better towards reading, because I liked how Ever's attitude towards her body changed, and she started feeling more confident about herself. (Yay)
Overall, it wasn't a book I could compare to "Wintergirls", but it was still a fun read. Even though somethings were expected, it was still a good read that I would recommend to a friend. Really teaches people to be more confident about who they are, and what they look like. I also really liked Donna Cooner's style of writing, so i'll be waiting for her next novel.
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Posted November 8, 2012
This is a really good book for both teen and tween girls who are just looking for a good read or have something they would like to change about themselves!great book
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Posted November 24, 2012
Oh yeah, I can totally connect to Ever because she thinks she is so gross because she weighs over 300 pounds. Now I don't weigh nearly that much, but I still struggle with my weight every single day :-(. I am 13 and 4'8" and i weigh 101 pounds. I know that may seem like nothing to those who are bigger than me, but I just don't feel like a girl my age and height should be 100 pounds just yet. But after reading this book, I learned there are alot of obese people out there who have way more worries than I do and I should just suck it up because I have nothing worry about. There are still times when I feel like crap, but it all gets better the next morning when I weigh myself and the scale says 99 or 98 pounds, and that just brightens up my day. (But I'm even happier if the scale still reads 90 pounds after dinner.)
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Posted March 12, 2013
I read this book for a social issues lesson and it was amazing. This book is about a girl who is over weight and has a voice in her head that is
named Skinny. This voice tells her all the negative things that people think about her. Till one day she goes into surgery to help lose weight,
but Skinny is still there. I loved this book it was really good there was nothing that I didn't like about it. I would recommend this book to any one
it is truly an amazing book!
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Posted November 18, 2012
I thought it would be about eating disorders and i had just finished Wintergirls :I Skinny was a "fairy" that told her morbid stuff :I
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Posted November 5, 2013
“The end of the street looks so far away. I want to turn back or at least stop, but my legs keep moving. Step after shuddering step, crashing painfully back down to earth over and over again.” When skinny whispers threats and the worst things imaginable into her ear, wouldn’t it just be easier to give up? No, she realizes she has to keep going with the help of her family and friends she realizes she can. So she does. I believe that this book will help many girls and even boys with weight problems and social anxiety. The book Skinny is about a young girl who is three hundred and two pounds. It tells of her overcoming her wish to become invisible and decides to get a special surgery for people that are more than one hundred pounds overweight. Skinny is the girl who tries to stop her. Skinny wants her to be alone, fat, and scared. But Ever soon realizes after she finally gets to be the popular girl she’s always dreamed of, goes to a dance with her childhood crush, and get comfortable in drama club that life isn’t all about skinny. When she catches her date to the dance cheating on her, Ever soon realizes that they were never there when she was overweight so why are they there now? When her sister falls in love with her unknown crush it starts to fall into place. All it took was a drama class assignment and an elephant. A big, brave, good luck elephant to set things right again with Ever and her prince charming. I personally thought the book Skinny was one of the best books I’ve ever read. When I read a good book I can really get into it and I felt the emotions of Ever. I felt intense sorrow for the way that Ever shut herself off from the world when her mother died from cancer and I actually cried at several parts of the book because I was feeling things the way skinny wanted Ever to feel. I believe that every girl has a little inner skinny and I love the way that Donna Cooner chose for her to overcome it. I thought this book was amazing and I really want to read more by this author. When I find a really good book like this it’s hard to put down and I can’t stop reading it until it’s finished. I have really high expectations for all of her other books now and I’m actually kind of happy I decided to read this specific book first.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted May 27, 2013
I read this book and i think its say to say that is is one of the best books ever i think everyone can say the have felt like that voice is all the ever heard i know i can say that because i hear it but different words but same meaning this book is so unspiration i love itWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 19, 2013
Posted April 20, 2013
When I saw this book at my school book fair, I immediatly picked it up. I guess there was something drawing me to it. I read the back. Not hesitating, I brought it to the cashier.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 4, 2013
I read the cover of the book in the store and i thought it would be good. As soon as i got some money i bought it. Major dissappointment. Typical plot line, girl is insecure, girl wants dream boy, girl does something drastic for boy, boy falls for other girl, girl finds out she never really liked him but she loves her best friend, girl and best friend get together and girl becomes popular, the end. It sucked to be frank. Now i need to know if i can make returns on my nook bc i want my money back.
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Posted May 6, 2013