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....more
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If you could not tell by the title, Skinny is about Anorexia Nervosa, a mental disorder typically categorized by an obsessive fear of becoming obese.
Kaslik's prose cuts deep. I have had anorexia for almost all of my life and this book was difficult for me to read because it is so in-detail. When I first read this book, I was in a very bad pl ...more
The dual point of views added a better dimension but at ...more
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Skinny, by Ibi Kaslik, reveals the conflict of a young adult and her sister struggling with they’re own individual issues that are somehow connected. Giselle and Holly, both sisters, tell their story in their own point of view as it switches back and fourth in every chapter. While the current setting of the book is in Canada, problems erupted on the subject of their parents when they were in Hungary. Gisel ...more
Because most of this book was about the 20 other angst-y problems that were added. To list some of them: their dead dad who didn't like/ignored Giselle, Holl ...more
This book isn't all rainbows and sunshine. I respect it for that. The story of Giselle's anorexia wasn't necessarily familiar to me, and at first I struggled to see any reality in it. It must be so sw ...more
In her first year of med school, twenty-two-year-old Giselle Vasco seems to have it all together. But a lifetime of bitter relations with her deceased father is slowly catching up, and she falls into a downward spiral that her mother and her younger sister Holly are powerless to stop. Skinny, though, is much more than a study of one young woman’s battle with anorexia. What starts as the story of Giselle quickly develops into a rich and powerful tapestry of a whole family. W ...more
And f-ed up.
On so many levels.
I don't even really want to talk about it. I just want to put my middle finger in the air and never think about it again.
Not because of the writing...It's well written. But, the subject matter is disturbing. The kind that makes your stomach hurt.
I invested a good three days into this book and for it to end like it did is heart-breaking.
Now I will go back to thinking about rainbows and butterflies.
Based on its simple, Summery cover, and straightforward title, I assumed this book would be a short and sweet story about eating disorder recovery, as told by a teenage girl. Instead, it was the story of two sisters, one about fourteen and the ...more
What I really liked was how different both the girls were, so I was never confused over who was narrating that chapter, which is usually what happen to me when I read a book with more than one perspective.
Giselle, for example, being a medical student, got medical textbook extracts to describe what the mood was of that chapter/passage and to go between past and present tenses.
The way mental illness was portrayed in this book was excellent. It showed how difficult, ...more
Not so much.
In alternating voices of sisters Giselle and Holly, author Ibi Kaslik tells a harrowing tale of sibling love and rivalry, ghosts of their parents' past and the all-consuming battle of anorexia. Giselle was a strong role mode and top ...more
When I gazed at her in the mirror, her judging feline-eyes reminded me that I was not good enough, that everything I had –school, body, and life –I had to maintain, work twice, three times as hard as everyone else to keep. She terrified me into spasms at night when her great pumping heart sucked all the excitement from my veins and turned it into criticism.”(13) I chose this quote because it really explains clearly about Giselle’s anorexia and h ...more
Skinny is a read that encompasses the same story told through two-different sets of eyes: one from Giselle (a 21-year old former-med student whose life spirals out of control with an anorexia problem) and her younger sister Holly (16-17ish)who is strong emotionally and physically. Giselle's the smart one, and fairly pretty...maybe, and Holly is the tom-boy: competitive, gorgeous, and fun, with a strong-head on her shoulders; she was always daddy's favorite ...more
two sisters tell the story - gizelle and holly, daughters of first generation hungarian immigrants. a tale of how people deal with trauma, adolescence and being different, close to everything i know in this strange way. (at one point, gizzy is looking at potatoes and thinking how much better they would be with sour cream and butter - oh, eastern european food!) the alte ...more
You know what? After a few weeks thinking about his book... I'm thinking that it wasn't that bad. It was bad, oh yeah, but not over the top. It had an impact on me, and that's art. I didn't understood or like the end, bu ...more
-the writing was really nice
-the topic was handled pretty well
-I found the story about the main characters parents pretty interesting and added more to the story
-the love interest "sol" is a shitty person, and for some reason he was allowed to be shitty and everyone was just ok with this. Also the fact that there even needed to be a love interest in this??? Stop! Not everyone needs a guy to save them
-holly, the main characters sister was like 5 different people at once. I couldn't fig ...more
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The heart is resilient, I mean literally. When a body is burned, the heart is the last organ to oxidize. While the rest of the body can catch flame like a polyester sheet on campfire, it takes hours to burn the heart to ash. My dear sister, a near-perfect organ! Solid, inflammable.”