by Ibi Kaslik
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Skinny by Ibi Kaslik

Do you ever get hungry? Too hungry to eat?

Holly's older sister, Giselle, is self-destructing. Haunted by her love-deprived relationship with her late father, this once strong role model and medical student, is gripped by anorexia. Holly, a track star, struggles to keep her own life in balance while coping with the mental and physical deterioration of her beloved sister. Together, they can feel themselves slipping and are holding on for dear life.

This honest look at the special bond between sisters is told from the perspective of both girls, as they alternate narrating each chapter. Gritty and often wryly funny, Skinny explores family relationships, love, pain, and the hunger for acceptance that drives all of us.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802784605
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 12/01/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 690,680
File size: 482 KB

About the Author

Ibi Kaslik is a freelance writer and novelist. She has an MA in creative writing and lives in Toronto, Canada. Her first novel, Skinny, was short listed for both the in Canada First Novel Award and the Canadian Library Association's Young Adult Book Award.

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Skinny 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 113 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Skinny was beautiful. It was brave in the way that it said what people really think but are to afraid to say. It was unforgettable with the relationship between the characters and the unique way it was written. Like with the conversations between Giselle and her own enemy within her. It is emotional; within every chapter you would find so many emotions! Anger, fear, love, acceptance, longing, envy, suffering, pride... This story was important. So many of us put a bandage around anorexia. And many people, including me, feel angry at those who suffer from it. But it is not all about food and being, well, just being skinny. Throughout this whole book Giselle was never concerned with fitting into those couture clothes... it was more than that. It is about control; a channel of fear from the past and the unknown future. I loved this book! I enjoyed the free and sometimes "unclear" style. It made it sound like a real person was sharing their mind with you... not something that had been analyzed and edited to stereotypical perfection (and would therefore become mundane)... because people don't think that way. So, I guess I appreciated that rawness. Read it. ~Lo
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first ever book about eating disorders and their affects that I've read and it blew me away. I have 3 eating disorders myself and reading this book always makes me feel like I'm not alone in this fight. I have read it 5 times so far and don't ever think I will get sick of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was obviously not edited well. Or at all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really don't recommend this book, I didn't enjoy it at all it was slow and honestly just really boring to read. There were some parts that were okay but even the ending was terrible. Don't waste your time.
Ambi More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I am not a reader and couldn't put it down. I got through this book with enthusiasim. I was inspired to read it when I saw my 8th grade students reading it in class. Loved the relationships between the two sisters and how it gave an interpretation of each individual experience. I laughed, cried and was shocked at some points. I did not want it to end. I wanted more. I am sharing it with friends and family of ages from teens to older adults.
Kristi-Reads More than 1 year ago
I bought this book! With my own money! Don' worry, I didn't get too crazy. I got this and other books all for about 15.00 USD at A lot of eating disorder books focus a lot on the person who is sick, with family as an afterthought. What I like about Skinny is it focuses on Giselle, who struggles with ednos, and holly, her sister who has a disability but is otherwise healthy. The story pulls you in not only with the author's awesome writing style and Giselle's drama, but with a powerful family narrative that has you attached to the characters and wanting more if them. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, especially after the disaster that was Purge.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't say if this standsls for the full ebook file also, but the sample isn't for Skinny. It's some random book on Hinduism. Buyer beware.
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On nook, I was given the sample to another book. It was about religion, sefularism, etc. Please fix this problem.
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I personally liked the plot of the book. It was really good. There is alot of terminalogy that referrs to doctor stuff and medical things so that might get confusing. I HATED the ending! It was terrible. The rest of it was good. I still dont understand if she knew why her father didn't love her or not because I got confused. If you have not been exposed to the idea ot knowlege of intercoarse then this book might get intense although it does not get too graphic. There are a fair amount of curse words so if u do not like tht then this book is not for you. If the ending was better then I would have given thisbook five stars. I also don't know if Sol and Holly shared a kiss or heated make-out session before Giselle walks in. I got confused there too. Thus book is kinda miss leading in the title because ut is not all about her and her eating disorder. So yea...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It taught me somthing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mabie it talks about some verry innapropriate topics because you need to know about them and today nobody talks sereously about some of this. Get a grip. Be mature. Lord. And the nook "hes mine"/kisses stuff? Nasty and we dont give a flying eff. Kay? Kay.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is soooooooooo bad i got the sample and it is reallly bad
Kaitlin_S More than 1 year ago
Some of it was a bit confusing and at times it went slow, but overall a very good book. I loved how it showed both sides of an eating disorder--both what it does to the victim and their family/friends. I also liked how realistic it was, where Giselle saw it as something she had to do and couldn't live without.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brianna cadet is a fatty and loves brendan lynch pass it on
SpartanReading More than 1 year ago
I would give this book 2.5 out of 5 stars because overall it gave you a really good understanding of the characters and why they felt the way they did about certain things, but it tended to be very confusing and there were parts like the ending that weren’t very clear. Skinny is about a med school student named Giselle, who is not only battling with anorexia, but also struggling with personal issues that are causing her life to spiral out of control. The book is told from both Giselle’s and her younger sister Holly’s, perspectives. Holly also has to learn to deal with Giselle’s struggles and problems. I wouldn’t recommend this book to everyone, because it can get very confusing, but I think it would be good for someone who can understand a lot of complex situations and is looking for a very deep book. One of the things in the book that is difficult to understand is that the main character Giselle has arguments and conversations in her head with a different side of herself that criticizes her and is mainly responsible for her being anorexic. Also, she struggles to find out why she had such a bad relationship with her late father and the stories from his past that she learns about are never clearly explained. Overall, Skinny was a very complex and powerful book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He was with me from the get-go so just back off missy!!!! HES ALL MINE!!!!!!!!!!!(Insert evil laugh here)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank u*kisses him* oh sheyna...back off...hes all mine
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I think it us very..... raw and life changing. It gives you an idea on how not only the girl suffering from anorexia feels but how her sister feels too. It is very moving truthful and raw. I recommend it