Kid Konnection: Skinny
Fifteen year old Ever has struggled since her mom passed away several years ago. It’s not because of her stepmom and stepsister – she’s not crazy about them, but they get along okay – it’s because she misses her mom so much. It seems that most of her memories of her mom revolve around eating so Ever turns to food for comfort. The problem is, she now weighs over 300 pounds and none of her efforts to lose weight have worked. No matter what she does, there’s a little voice inside her – one she calls “Skinny” – that tells her that she’ll fail because she’s not good enough. Things start to change when she decides to undergo gastric bypass surgery, and Ever has to figure out how to navigate life in her new body.
I think Skinny, by Donna Cooner, is a wonderful book! It explores issues like body image and friendship through the wonderful character of Ever Davies. It’s really a coming of age story of sorts and I found myself captivated by Ever from the very start. Ever is used to being taunted but also has loyal friends who believe in her. The nagging voice of “Skinny” is stronger than all the other voices she hears, though.
After her surgery, some people treat Ever differently.
“People say I look different.”
“You do look different.”
“But I don’t feel any different,” I say, wrapping my arms around my books and leaning back against the locker. “On the inside.”
Being accepted by some of the popular kids is new for Ever and she has to figure out just what’s important to her. I loved following her on her journey, which wasn’t always smooth.
As much as I liked Ever, my favorite part of Skinny is the message it contains. I think most teens have a little voice, like “Skinny,” inside of them and I hope reading this book will help them learn to ignore it. I also hope it will help them see that it’s what’s inside a person that counts. There’s a lot to discuss in this book, so it would be great for the classroom or a book club.
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