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3.91  ·  Rating details ·  7,570 ratings  ·  1,202 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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Aisha I would say at the age if 12 years old you should have the capability to read this as well as understand and embrace the story. The reason for that is…moreI would say at the age if 12 years old you should have the capability to read this as well as understand and embrace the story. The reason for that is that most girls become self conscious of their bodies at the age of 10. But in this book she expresses her emotions and can hear negative voices. I hope this helps
Oh, I almost forgot. I would say this book is mainly indicated for young WOMEN. ; )(less)

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jv poore
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
High school is hell. I remember the horror of being a teen-aged girl. Few of us were comfortable in our skin, justifiably so. We felt ugly. We had uni-brows, bad skin, horrendous hair and less-than-perfect bodies.

Ever Davies’ high school experience is worse. She has struggled with her weight for as long as she can remember, but she did it alongside her cherished mother. Five years after losing her mom, it is clear that Ever stopped fighting. She is 5’ 6” and weighs 302 pounds.

This is why peopl
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
Feb 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
May 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
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.
A cloying story brimming with stereotypes.

Essentially this depicts an insufferable teenage girl who somehow thinks that if she were skinny then all her problems would be solved. These problems ultimately stem from grief - although this backstory is never actually explained so it's certainly never emotionally compelling.

So in order to render her life all hunky dory once more, said insufferable teenage girl (called Ever, "named for the fairy tales her mother loved so much" - oh, puh-lease) decide
Mar 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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
Rylee Trapp
May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
May 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Mia Siegert
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
I'm shocked that I have to give a review like this for a story I thought would be a 5-star... but this actually made me really upset. Borderline really angry. Actually, not even borderline. There will be a few tiny references in here that shouldn't be spoilerific but noting it here just in case.

Okay, starting with the good: the symptoms and description of gastric bypass surgery were on it. The psychological aspect as well as the physiological standpoint (I have several people very close to me wh
Jun 04, 2015 rated it liked it
I read this book a while ago and I'm just getting around to rating it lol whoops ...more
Nov 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Sofia Perez
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jay-An G
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is about a girl name Ever, who weighs over 300 pounds and is only 15 years old. Skinny is the vicious voice that lives inside of Ever. Skinny tells Ever what others thinks of her. One of her sister name Briella told Ever to get a surgery so Ever could lose weighs; at first Ever refused to get a surgery but one day something made Ever realize she should. One thing I dislike about this book is that the first couple of chapters the story got confusing but towards the end it got more & mor ...more
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.
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 01, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, 2013, ya, reviewed
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
Ranie C
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was really amazing, I would like to read more. This book was about a girl named Skinny. She would always get bully at her school. Once her mother died, she got out of control to her health which she turned really fat. which she wiegh about 300 something pounds. once she met a boy name Jackson. They started becoming closer and thats how she started working out everyday. Then she started getting more fit. Also they both had relationship. One thing I liked about the book is that she is co ...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
Cal Armistead
Oct 02, 2012 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
This wasn't bad but this also wasn't,,,,,,great. I had a lot of problems with this book so let's get started shall we.

The characters in this book didn't have personalities. The one trait that they all had in common was that they all seemed to hate fat people and then some other characteristic to define their entire being. The only one who had any sort of depth was Rat (which wasn't saying much because everyone else was as deep as a kiddie pool).

Ever was actually,,,,,kind of a bitch. I mean I get
Emma Wilson
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really liked how the author portrayed the character's inner thoughts and seeing Ever battle with the voice in her head even when her biggest "problem" in life was solved. At some points, I could really relate to the themes because I feel like a lot of girls go through body dysmorphia at some point in their life and I really liked how this book brought awareness to that. I also absolutely LOVED the ending!!! The ending gave so much justice to Ever and her family and friends, and I just adored t ...more
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
Jun 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who likes books with a good moral.
I really liked this book because of its message of self-acceptance. The story was really interesting, and when Ever finds out the truth about Skinny, it really opens her eyes to who she's been fighting this entire time. This book really reminds me of one a poem I wrote, titled The Shadow. Both talk about the realization that both Ever and I experienced when we finally understood who our biggest enemies were. For these reasons, I really enjoyed reading this book. ...more
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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Goodness no. This book was such a let down. I'm sorry. I loved this book until I realized what it was actually saying. Then I just got pissed off.
While the writing was good and it kept you interested, the story isn't very uplifting.
Girl likes guy, guy liked girl. Girl gets fat, guy gets popular. Girl still likes guy, guy ignores her. Girl gets skinny, guy sees her again.
typical right? Yeah, I thought so too. Now, lets go a little deeper into this story. No one ever told her she was beautiful,
Ana Ivkov
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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 chocolat ...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.” 19 likes
“I loved you when you were three hundred and two pounds, and I love you now."
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