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Skinny by Ibi Kaslik
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Aug 26, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: 2009, eating-disorders, young-adult
Read in August, 2009

very small interesting differences when you realize that this in set in canada, and that the medical system is different there.

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 alternating POVs confused me a lot at first, but by the end, i understood. i still in a way wish it was all from one POV - just because i want more of their story. but i think Skinny gets the balance pretty well.

there is so much in this, about family and generations, holding things back and being open, control and knowledge, living and really living.

it hurt - almost more than Wintergirls, and i'm not sure if i can explain why. there is the part that i could relate to this much better, that i felt it did a better job of explaining the hows and whys of eating disorders, that it just GOT the characters in a way that few writers get. it didn't pull back at all with the punches, and i appreciated that, because real illness doesn't try to be nice. it is often devastated and harsh.

(and by that, i mean the realities of mental illness, the ways things affect not only the patient but the family and those secondary to the family, and the struggle between recovery and disease, and why the draw to go back is there. also, the triggering - while not called that - is dealt with in a very effective and honest way.)
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