Skinny [Donna Cooner] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This novel kickstarted a national conversation on weight, beauty, and. 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. 10 Oct Donna Cooner’s new young adult novel, Skinny, follows Ever, an obese teenage girl who decides to have weight loss surgery. Reviewer.

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She wants to fit in. My favorite character in the whole story wasn’t Ever, the main character, it was her evil step sister Briella. This surgery is emphatically not the easy way out.

Apr 03, Sofia Perez rated it really liked it. I was so stoked Despite this reservation, Skinny is probably one of the best young adult books I have read this year.

In fact, it’s one of the hardest things an overweight person can do. Weight has always been a sensitive topic. To me, the real story was Ever’s qu As someone who struggled with weight issues and social anxiety in school, Skinny really skonny home for me.

Goodreads helps siknny keep track of books you want ronna read. Her relationships change; her outlook on herself changes.

It was fascinating to read about something like that, something I wouldn’t normally be confronted with. I think every teenage girl should read it. But when her stepsister, Briella, tells her about an overweight teen that went through a gastric bypass surgery and lost a lot of weight afterwards she starts to consider it.

Clearly, the surgery was worth it. Maybe that made my review bias because, from that moment on, I actually loathed Ever. Her classmates taunt her cruelly, and the boy she likes ignores her.


Ever, the protagonist, is not a sympathetic character nor any kind of positive role model. Navigating high skimny is difficult for most kids, but Ever has an additional challenge: This book was about a girl named Skinny.

Cooner does a great job describing the pros and cons of this procedure, the negative voice of “Skinny” that taunts Ever’s thoughts, and the ways people respond to her after she loses weight. The only thing that really bugged me was how gastric bypass surgery didn’t seem like a last resort to Ever. Kinda like saying “no one will EVER like you unless you do it this way. I should know, I have never been the poster girl for hourglass figures. She calls that voice in coonsr head that calls her ugly and unlovable and dinna terrible things “Skinny.

LibrisNotes: Skinny by Donna Cooner

The whole time I was like, oh I know how this is going to happen, Dona know how you guys are going to go about it, but I can’t help it, let it run it’s course! Where was you when she was getting bullied?! Ever is also a very complicated character that deals with a lot donja issues, and although sometimes I found her unlikable as a person I could also appreciate the realness of the character. By the age of nine Ever was as well.

Gastric bypass surgery for teens therefore seems to be a drastic step that should be a last resort and certainly Cooner seemed to suggest that this was the case with her zkinny Ever.

After all, Skinny is blind, and can’t truly see us for who we are.

Book Review: ‘Skinny’ by Donna Cooner : NPR

No one ever told her she was beautiful, Goodness no. Third, the scene where Ever confronts Skinny felt incredibly out of place. It’s really a book any girl, or boy, could relate to, because we all have had that voice in our heads that brings us down. The book tackles bigger issues about self esteem and the self doubt that all teens experience.


Jun 04, Andrea! Feelings don’t just happen without something causing the reaction. Being fat in this book is presented as being unequivocally unhealthy which is an overwhelmingly negative message to be sending to impressionable youngish girls –what I imagine the target audience to be.

Although her father did write her a note expressing concern about her weight gain, apparently little else was done to help her. Ever has her surgery and begins to lose weight. I got the book. She is a mean girl.

‘Skinny’ Starts A Conversation For Overweight Teens

That scene got my goat, and my chicken as well. The only person Domna seems to have a normal, healthy relationship with is Chance, who we see for about twelve seconds.

This book is like a regular chick flick. Oct 06, Liviania rated it really liked it.

Back at home, on a whim, I too You can find more reviews BloodyBookaholic It’s s simple solution, really. Her surgery, initially undertaken for the wrong reasons, give her a second chance to discover who she truly is and to work at developing and sharing her true voice – the voice that sings. And Ever will have to confront that voice before she can truly find her own. There is no discussion of what actually happens when someone wants a surgery like this. Are they being kind, or calculating? What worked for me was that Ever deals with a horrific internal voice.