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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  3,867 ratings  ·  756 reviews
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.

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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Point (first published September 1st 2012)
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Admittedly, books about weight loss and the challenge of living with extra weight have a lot to live up to when I read them. I know it's a bias. But there are also many thresholds that need to be met, regardless of my own bias toward them. Unfortunately, this one was not satisfying.

When Ever is 15, she's over 300 pounds. She grief eats as a way of dealing with losing her mother years ago. This is never really explained or explored and it's definitely not emotionally compelling. We just need to a...more
Wandering Librarians
Ever is 15 and 302 pounds. She's been gaining weight ever since her mother died when she was ten. Ever has a voice in her head, who she calls Skinny, who tells her what other people think of her. She knows that everyone is disgusted by her. Her only friend is her childhood friend, Rat. Ever decides that with gastric bypass surgery, she will lose the weight, and Skinny, for good. Then she will be able to do everything she ever dreamed on, mainly trying out for the school musical and getting her o...more
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It's s simple solution, really. Girl loves boy. Boy loves girl. Girl gets fat. Boy leaves. Girl cuts her stomach up into a little bitty pouch to get boy back.
-Ever, Skinny

The first time I wanted to read this book was in a Scholastic event where the author (along with some other helpers) played out the dialogue in the story out loud for the audience. From what heard from those few paragraphs I was intrigued. I got the book. Back at home, on a whim, I too...more
Sylvia Dixon
Spot on about the issue of obestity among teens. Experiencing the interior monologues that go through Evers thoughts really creates insight into the mind of addiction. The book does not glamorize gastric by pass but presents the nitty gritty of the surgery. The book tackles bigger issues about self esteem and the self doubt that all teens experience.
Sofia Perez
Overall skinny is a great book! It can be really slow at times,but at the end you kinda expect what happens.I think some parts are okay,but could use more meaning and add definition to the book. Her friend, named Rat was probably my favorite character in the story,because he was so sweet, and he seemed like a great friend to Ever.

As she goes through the gastric bypass procedure it seems like it was rushed,she lost a lot of weight in only a small amount of time.She went from 300 pounds to a stick...more
Rylee Trapp
I loved the book Skinny. I think every teenage girl should read it. Skinny is the voice inside of Ever’s head. Ever is an obese 15 year old who just wants to escape high school. The voice in her head tells her everything she doesn’t want to hear. Skinny tells her what her classmates and family think of her. They call her a ”cow” and a “fatty.” She was skinny when she was young, but it when her mother died of cancer she figured she didn’t have a reason to stay skinny anymore. But when her stepsis...more
Emma Caton
The book Skinny is purely an amazing book as in how it describes the challenges Ever faced with her weight. This book helped me I feel because, I have always struggled with my wait and the voice of " skinny " in my head. With the realization of the voice in Ever's head always putting her down when it really blocked her view on life and the way people judged her, Evers realization was that it was not others who were putting her down, but her self. Rat, he loved her at 302 pounds and he still love...more
Skinny by Donna Cooner made me seriously re-think all my ratings for this blog, because it is definitely worth the top mark I can give it perhaps more so than some of the other books that got a 5. I conclude I shall create a new top rating even higher than the 5 and it shall be called the Skinny rate...... (a 5.5 - 6 in technical terms!). It was incredible - Cooper tackles the issue of obesity so well through Ever, a 15 year old girl who weighs 302 pounds (21.5 stone). Ever has a tinkerbell goth...more
Apr 11, 2013 Amy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
I have no idea why I decided to read this book. Really. I don't usually do the whole weight loss storyline, but for some reason I picked up Skinny and felt drawn to it.

Skinny is basically about a fifteen-year-old girl called Ever, who weighs 302 pounds. She picked up a lot of weight when her mother died, and has been trying to lose it but eventually gave up because she couldn't do it on her own. She is constantly taunted by Skinny, a negative voice in her head who she believes tells her the tho...more
Cal Armistead
I really enjoyed this tackles an important and timely topic--morbid obesity in teens. Ever,the protagonist, is over 300 pounds, and at age 15, she gets gastric bypass surgery. 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. I thought the ending (and the "boy" situation) was a little predictable, but I would still recommend it.
Jul 27, 2012 Hannah rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
There are two things I consider when writing my reviews: What I felt while reading and how I feel once I've finished the book. But I'm not sure what to do when these two feelings don't fit, like with Skinny. I really liked it while reading, but now that I think about it, lots of it is pretty bad. And I still can't decide which of those things is how I really feel about Skinny.

If you hate everything predictable and cliched, Skinny is definitely not for you - it is Cheese Central. Skinny has all o...more
Emily (Book Jems)
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4.5/5 Stars

This book really hit home for me. As an overweight adult, who has been struggling with her weight since middle school, I immediately understood this character. I tend to understand many characters' emotions in this type of situation, but not all of them speak to me like the female lead of Skinny did. Books that deal with social, mental and physical issues as Skinny does can either be super, super great or giant pieces of crap. Luckily enough, Skinny pull...more
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Skinny - the story of a 300 pound high school girl who undergoes gastric bypass surgery and loses half of her weight - is sloppily written and cloying plays on all of the stereotypical insecurities of high school girls. Ever, the protagonist, is not a sympathetic character nor any kind of positive role model. The author insinuates that Ever's weight gain is due to her grief over her mother's death, and yet Ever never actually deals with that loss. This book had so much potential to explore the l...more
Second star earned because Cooner picked a very interesting topic - not the weight issue, per se, but the gastric bypass surgery process. It's not something you see in teen fiction very often.

Beyond that, though, this book is very Angry Fat Girl Loses Weight And Becomes Happy. It's hard to write an unpleasant character who still manages to be sympathetic, and unfortunately Cooner missed the mark. Ever isn't just defensive, or moody, or angry: she's a mean bitch.

The aspect of "Skinny," the disco...more
Ana Ivkov
Skinny by Donna Cooner is a book I first found roaming the shelves at the bookstore. It seemed appealing and I read it, and rather enjoyed it. I had read some reviews before, and there were good and bad comments discussed in them, comments and points I tried to find in the book. Some of the bad points, I found. Others which people pointed out, I either couldn't find or didn't agree with.
All in all, I think that Skinny is one of those quick reads that leaves you feeling contented inside. A sweet...more

Over the past week and a half, I took the liberty of reading Skinny by Donna Cooner. A lot of my friends had read the book for English assignments and told me they didn’t even feel like they were being forced into reading it. I found the book at a scholastic book fair and was kinda like “what-the-heck”, I might as well give it a try. This book was unbelievingly addictive and with every page, there was some sort of shocking moment.

The main character Ever is a 300-pound-insecure-underdog. On her...more
Suteetida Chit-arkhah
Ever Davies is a fifteen year old girl who has a small voice on her shoulder named Skinny. Skinny is a harsh voice that tells Ever all the dark, secretive thoughts that her classmates have about her. Skinny has always been constant ever since her mother had died and ever since she has gained weight due to her loss. There is also another voice, Ever’s singing voice, which is beautiful and strong but has been quiet due to Skinny’s taunts. She wishes to try-out for the musical to try and save her l...more
K'monie Chaviesss
Donna Cooner’s Skinny captured me with its true to life situations and wonderful plot.
Ever has a wide expand of ideas and a huge voice and heart. The only problem is, she has a body to match. When she decides to undergo gastric bypass, her best friend, Rat, helps her from start to finish to accomplish her goal of being in the play the upcoming school year. The last obstacle holding her back is, the little person created when her mom died, living on her shoulder, whispering to her all of the horr...more
Lena Hillbrand
I had mixed feelings about this Cinderella adaptation about a girl who gets gastric bypass surgery. First of all, there's the whole problem that the book doesn't address the deeper issues other than weight that our heroine faces (or does not face). But I liked how she eventually dealt with Skinny, and I liked her voice, and it was refreshing to read a book with a new twist. But it's still the Cinderella story, so it's not exactly original. Anyhoo, I'm fine with remakes and adaptations of books,...more
Weight has always been a sensitive topic. Society has an ideal image of what a person should look like. Being overweight, obese or even just chubby is often viewed negatively by a lot of people. I should know, I have never been the poster girl for hourglass figures. But unlike Ever I was never exactly bullied for being chubby.

So I was very touched by Ever's struggle and her courage to conquer her fear of a new image and her low self-esteem. The story was shorter than I had expected but I was ha...more
This one was a tough one for me. Probably because I've struggled against a negative body image for as long as I can recall.

There were a number of areas in the novel in which Ever's emotions strongly resonated with me making some parts difficult to read.

The were a couple of lines in the novel that really got to me but, none more than the following:
"I'm always aware of being observed. Always self-conscious. I'm evidently living my life with stage fright."

It brought on a epiphany. Much like Ever,...more
This book is good, it really opens your eyes to how insecure girls are. I don't think people-boys in general-understand what we girls truly go through and feel. True, we don't all have a voice in our head telling us what others are thinking like Ever has in the book, but I think all women at some point in our lives go through something like she did. We've all been made fun of or teased at, but it can either make you stronger, or make you meaner. It made Ever mean at first, but after her weight l...more
Skinny by Donna Cooner is a YA novel that I'm sure will crossover into adult readers as well. Ever is in high school and she is obese and has a negative voice named Skinny who tells her how fat, ugly and unimportant she is. I think most everyone has or has had some sort of negative voice in their heads at some point. Ever is lucky, while she certainly hears from the bullies of the school, she does have a wonderful friend in "Rat." Once she decides to have a gastric bypass, Rat is on the job, he...more
Mandi Kaye Ottaway
Reviewed at (7/2/12)

This ended up being a very difficult book for me to read. In the end, it inspired a blog post that triggered a bout of depression that left me in a funk for days. For a book to have that kind of effect on me, it absolutely deserves a 5.

I turn thirty this year, yet I still see myself in this fifteen year old girl. The way she looks at herself is the way that I look at myself. The way that she pushes away the world is the same way that...more
As someone who struggled with weight issues and social anxiety in school, Skinny really hit home for me. I spent years and years - and still do, occasionally - thinking that every person who glanced my way was judging me and putting me down. I've never known how to explain that before until I read Skinny. Donna Cooner put it into words and into Ever's story and she did a pretty damn good job.

I feel like Skinny goes above and beyond Ever's quest to lose weight. To me, the real story was Ever's qu...more
Sarah Cofer
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Kelly Hager
Ever's life is pretty miserable. A lot of it comes from the fact that she's 15 and over 300 pounds (she gained the weight after her mom died), but a good share of the blame goes to the voice in her head. You may have one, too; you know, the voice that says that you're not good enough or smart enough or pretty enough and that no one really likes you. Ever calls her version of that voice "Skinny." Skinny tells Ever what other people really think of her and, as a result, Ever isn't close to many pe...more
When I first heard about "Skinny" I knew it would be a book I would be reading almost as soon as it came out. The stories plot really grabbed my attention and the cover fits so well with what the book is about. I picked up a copy of the book up from my local library. I was so excited when I saw they had Skinny on their shelves. From the second picked up the book I began reading, so much so that I was kicked out of my library because it was about to close. Right away, from page one I was hooked....more
I judged SKINNY by it's cover for a long time. The publicist who gave it to me was very enthusiastic, but I wasn't sold enough on the cover to even crack it open. I assumed it was similar to Laurie Halse Anderson's WINTERGIRLS, and would be about some girl dealing with anorexia or bulimia. There's nothing wrong with stories involving anorexia or bulimia, but I've read several - and reviewed several. It's an important issue but not one that resonates much with me. But that's not what SKINNY is ab...more
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“It just wasn't fair. God made some people naturally skinny and some people naturally fat. I'd never know how my life would have been different if I'd been one of the ones He made skinny. I didn't know how He chose. This one will be blonde, with long thin legs and great skin. This one will be short and fat with legs that rub together when she walks. I just knew I wasn't one of the lucky ones.” 15 likes
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