Book Review–Skinny by Donna Cooner


This is the thirty-fifth book from my 200 Book Reading Challenge.

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Skinny by Donna Cooner

Published October 1st, 2012

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. Skinny tells Ever all the dark thoughts her classmates have about her. Ever knows she weighs over three hundred pounds, knows she’ll probably never be loved, and Skinny makes sure she never forgets it.

But there is another voice: Ever’s singing voice, which is beautiful but has been silenced by Skinny. Partly in the hopes of trying out for the school musical—and partly to try and save her own life—Ever decides to undergo a risky surgery that may help her lose weight and start over.

With the support of her best friend, Ever begins the uphill battle toward change. But demons, she finds, are not so easy to shake, not even as she sheds pounds. Because Skinny is still around. And Ever will have to confront that voice before she can truly find her own.


Ever just wants to blend in with her peers. Unfortunately, at 302 pounds, this is extremely hard to accomplish. It’s even harder when her childhood best friend won’t even acknowledge her presence, or that she is constantly having nasty thoughts being whispered into her head by Skinny, the fairy on her shoulders.

The only thing really going for Ever is her love for music and the only friend she has–a smart, unpopular boy named Rat. Ever doesn’t even have her mother anymore and finds herself being a modern Cinderella with an aloof stepmother and mean stepsisters.

So when Ever is given the choice to undergo a surgery to help her lose her unwanted weight, she goes for it. No matter the risks. Ever believes that if the weight goes away, everything will be perfect. She soon begins to discover that it’s not quite that simple.

I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while. I’m happy to say that I was not disappointed.

While I have never been 302 pounds, I was able to sympathize easily with Ever because I have grown up as a bigger person. I also know all too well how mean and discouraging people can be. I believe that Ever was written very realistically. I actually found most of the characters to be portrayed realistically. I loved the character of Rat. Briella was a character that ended up surprising me (I loved the scene where she took a stand against the guys). I think the characters are what makes this story. They feel real.

While this book had a sort of modern day Cinderella feel to it, I like how it didn’t become an overly romantic book. While there is a dash of romance, the main issue Ever deals with is her own emotions and way of thinking. I found Skinny to be much more than an “issues” book; it was also inspiring. Not only for Ever, but for those around her. Definitely recommended!






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