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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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Kelly
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
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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
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.
Taschima Cullen
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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
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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
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
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Andrea
I read this book a while ago and I'm just getting around to rating it lol whoops
Katie
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
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Hannah
Jul 27, 2012 Hannah rated it 3 of 5 stars
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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
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Smithjamest
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
Amy
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
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Abbie
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
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Cal Armistead
I really enjoyed this book...it 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.
Wendy Darling
3.5 stars This one won me over and is especially great for readers on the younger end of the YA spectrum.

Review to come.
Liviania
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
Elizabeth
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Shira
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
Shoshana
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
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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
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Alyson Reid
Overall, I enjoyed this book so much. I would recommend it to anyone really. Ever has fought through so much and really inspired ME to start my weight loss journey. I finished Skinny in a few days. I read it every chance I got. I was so hooked onto the story line, especially with her & Rat's relationship. What a wonderful book. It taught me that even though you think you'll never see the world as a happy beautiful place, you can. As long as you stand up for what you're worth and silence you ...more
Martinez
NOt too much of my liking. Needs improvement
Darnia
This is my first experience to read a YA book with an overweight issue. And the gastric bypass surgery is a new thing to me (heard about it once, but have no idea. I guess liposuction is so last year method). Ever Davies always think that the world doesn't care if you kind and good. It only cares that you're fat. Nothing else matter. And Ever also has an evil fairy goodmother called Skinny. Skinny never said any good to her and it buried her true potentials.

This is a predictable story, I can say
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Jordan

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
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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
Belann
The book was enjoyable, if a little disturbing. Fifteen-year-old Ever Davies weighs 300 pounds. She has tried all of the traditional weight loss methods with no success, and so decides to have gastric bypass surgery to lose weight. That part was disturbing, however, I understand it is not an uncommon thing anymore. The overall message though of the nagging voice in her head (Skinny) that keeps her from being all that she can be, is one that I think we can all relate to. Skinny tells her the awfu ...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
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Jessica Lange
May 18, 2015 Jessica Lange rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
It is hard to decide whether to rate this book four or five stars. I absolutely fell in love with all of the characters. Being a person that has to deal with weight issues, this book felt a little closer to home (minus having the surgery). For me, it has been a must to be able to put myself in the eyes of the main character. Being able to connect with Ever was exactly what I needed to go from liking to loving this book.
I feel it is a very important book for young adults to read, because looks ha
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Mackenzie Kyster
Skinny is a novel that is about a 15-year-old girl, Ever, that is extremely overweight. She is constantly burdened by a voice in her head that she calls “Skinny.” Skinny constantly taunts her and reminds her of her flaws. The beginning of the book focuses on the thoughts of Ever’s classmates, Skinny tells Ever what they are thinking and it is never something that Ever should hear. With all of the negativity that Ever feels toward her looks and her weight especially, Ever decides to go through a ...more
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Donna Cooner was born and raised in Texas. She is a three time graduate of Texas A&M University. A former teacher and school administrator, she now teaches teachers and principals at Colorado State University where she is the director of the School of Teacher Education and Principal Preparation. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, with her two labs and a cat named Stu. She’s a big fan of choc ...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.” 18 likes
“I loved you when you were three hundred and two pounds, and I love you now."
-Rat”
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