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Skin and Bones

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  1,030 ratings  ·  146 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Jack, nicknamed "Bones," won't eat. His roommate in the eating disorder ward has the opposite problem and proudly goes by the nickname "Lard." They become friends despite Bones's initial reluctance. When Bones meets Alice, a dangerously thin dancer who loves to break the rules, he lets his guard down even more. Soon Bones is so obsessed with Alice that he' ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 1st 2014 by Albert Whitman Company (first published January 1st 2014)
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Debbie Narh
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Eating Disorders are something that I know a lot about because they have impacted my life in such a harsh way. So I expected to be able to relate to Jack's story yet I couldn't at all. It all felt very flimsy and rushed, nothing is properly explained and the characters are so choppy with the ever-present insta-love. Nonetheless, I liked the ending solely because it's not necessarily a typical one.

Skin and Bones biggest problem has to be how unrealistic it is. The ICU unit in this is really rela
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Liza
Sep 15, 2016 rated it did not like it


So I will state upfront, I have some knowledge of eating disorders but I am no means an expert. However, at the same time I feel like I have a pretty good amount of knowledge to realize what is wrong with this book.

Going in, I was excited about the concept. A male anorexic in an in-patient ward of a hospital. I was excited to see how it would be portrayed and whatnot.

And then I started reading...



This book suffers from many a things that makes me want to chuck it across the room.



There are two man
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Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
3.5
I wanted to read Skin and Bones because I am drawn to books about teens with issues, especially eating disorders. It impacted my family and reading about it is therapeutic for me. I also haven't read many books from the male perspective of eating disorders and was drawn to that unique element.
While there are differences in how men and women see their bodies, the disease has a lot of overlap in effecting them. There have been events that really made Jack insecure about his body and it star
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Dustin Spencer
Mar 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Skin and Bones is a story very rarely told, an anorexic who uses exercise, and doesn't really purge by throwing up. It also tells the story of a boy who is suffering from Anorexia, a rare find in stories dealing with eating disorders. Now, despite the heavy, sometimes difficult to talk about subject matter of the book it was a fast read. The issues were addressed in a manner that was appropriate for a teenager but was not too simple to be insulting. In my opinion, the best part of this book was ...more
Cindy Hudson
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jack is in a program for people with eating disorders because his parents want him to be there. He knows the truth: his thin frame looks good and he could even stand to lose a few pounds. Jack has been obsessed about his weight ever since middle school when a store clerk assessed his size and handed him a pair of “husky” jeans. He doesn’t think he needs to change.

As he gets to know the other members in his six-week, live-in program he sees people who are just as obsessed with food as he is, some
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Bryce
May 04, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
“Bones” is an in-patient facility for those suffering from eating disorders, sent by his family in the hopes that this time he will be able to “cure” his anorexia. While in treatment, he meets Alice, a ballerina who spends as much time in the ICU as out of it, due to her use of laxatives, diuretics and tricks to outwit the hospital’s doctors. Bones thinks she’s perfect.

Does it make me a terrible person if I hated this book? Because I did. I hated it. I want to feel bad for these characters, bec
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Bruce Gargoyle
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I received an egalley of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Ten second synopsis:
Anorexic lad Bones spends time in an inpatient program for teens with eating disorders. He is befriended by Lard, bewitched by Alice and learns that being comfortable in his own skin is as innovative an idea as cooking your dinner in the dishwasher.

The standout factor of this book is the way in which it presents the preva
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PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Grade: F

Jack, AKA Bones, checks into apparently the worst eating disorders unit on the planet during his summer vacation to fast track his recovery from anorexia. He rooms with the only other make on the unit, Lard. He falls in love with the nearly dead ballerina Alice, who is allowed to dance in her room between heart attacks. Aside from allowing body shaming nicknames like Bones and Lard on the unit, which is run by one doctor and nurse who must work 24 hrs a day, the patients grow pot on the
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Sally Kruger
Anorexia, bulimia, and compulsive overeating take center stage in SKIN AND BONES by Sherry Shahan. This book takes readers into the world of eating disorders where Jack "Bones" and David "Lard" are attempting to identify the demons that have taken over the food portion of their lives.

Bones is anorexic. His fear of gaining weight has become a threat to his physical health. An offhand comment from a sales person years ago triggered his eating disorder, and now his family is concerned that things a
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Eve beinguniquebooks
In this book told from a male perspective about his fight with anorexia and in patient treatment we meet, Bones as his inpatient roommate Lard calls him he suffers from compulsive overeating unlike Bones, an anorexic boy and group therapy shows him how others suffer to with food disorders.



I liked the flair of romance in the book as we see Bones fall for anorexic girl Alice, a ballet dancer wanting to perform for a company.



We see how control is taken from them and they try to take it back. We als
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Michelle
Oct 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shahan’s book focuses on teenage eating disorders, but earns it’s distinction in that the main character struggling with anorexia, is male- Jack (aka: Bones). His “sidekick” throughout the book is a boy on the opposite end of the eating spectrum, who has nicknamed himself Lard, as he says it is better to give yourself the nickname then let others dictate it. So often, young adult fiction that zeros in on the world of eating disorders focuses only on the anorexia/bulimia side of that world and wi ...more
Aniqa
Feb 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was written well enough but to be completely honest, a lot of the events and characters annoyed me. A few of the events in the book seemed a little over dramatic and over-exaggerated. Jack was an ok character to follow and his love for Alice was sweet but to me, it seemed as if he fell in love with her way too fast. Lard was probably my favorite character, his comments were funny and I just love his personality. His relationship with Teresa was again, sweet but I really dislike how all ...more
Grace
Mar 30, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I really wanted to finish this one. I feel a little bad for putting it down, given what an important topic it is, especially giving boys who deal with this some attention, but this was bad. So, so bad. It was honestly shameful the way it called people who have bulimia instead of anorexia “disgusting.” I wish the author had handled the subject matter better. Young men deserve representation with matters like this, and I hope someone else will take up a topic like this and respectfully address it.
-RadioactiveBookworm-
I really liked this book. and I know that there are some bad reviews of it floating around, but dont listen to them until you read it for yourself. honestly, I was expecting a sappy boring book about a kid with anorexia, but this book was awesome. not once while reading it did I think, man this is boring. it Sucked me in from the very beginning. definitely check it out if you can. I got my copy from netgalley.com. (:
Ellianna Ward
It was great but I feel like it didn't cover as much inner battle for bones as I would've liked to see. Love the characters and the friendships made though.
Amy
Aug 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Chloe-Louise Finch
Skin and bones by Sherry Shahan. This book was published in 2014. it is 270 pages long. The book was told in a third person point of view.
Skins and bones was inspired by a short story sherry worte called ''iris and jim''

The book is about a teenager called jack, who is 16 and has anorexia. he spends the summer in a eating disorder ward. he befriends both his overweight roommate and a dangerously thin dancer. When Bones meets Alice, who loves to break the rules, he lets his guard down even more.
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Madeline Cathryn
This book is extremely unrealistic
As someone who has been in treatment for months and only recently discharged I find it hard to believe that the patients get away with this stuff.
Ex. Jack exercises excessively and no one cares, someone is growing weed on the roof, (view spoiler), and more
Also the "anorexic ballerina" cliche was pulled up, yes I know ballet dancers experience eating disorders more than other people but it'd be nice to see a change. Also you don't
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A. Williams
At times, this book comes off as completely inept at teenage interactions, namely how they talk to one another and how they internally monologue. This book is also bad at explaining some of the strange rituals of the eating disorder victims and falls victim to the tried and true method of "also X-people have this problem" by including 2 male-identifying patients in a ward that is full of women, and 1 former patient in the ending of the book. I have no problems with the inclusion of men in this s ...more
Jadyn
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Sherry Shahan's fictional book, “Skin and Bones” she gives her readers a very real look at the struggles that kids with eating disorders have to face everyday. Her book tells a story of a young boy named Jack who is admitted into a hospital EDU when his anorexia begins to control how he lives his life. Jack’s roommate, “Lard” who has a binge eating disorder helps guide him through tough times and work together to overcome their similar complications and become best friends. “Skin and Bones” i ...more
Rachel Foley
I have wanted to read this book for so long, and I finally got around to enjoying it. It was really nice to see anorexia from a male perspective, because it’s not really talked about or portrayed anywhere else.

I really loved Skin and Bones. I feel in love with the characters, the story kept me enthralled from the first word to the last. However I did have a few issues with it.

1. The “romance” between Alice and Bones. Okay... I really wanted to see them together, to a certain extent. I wanted to
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Andy
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ummm... I’m kind of torn on this one. I can sympathize (been there, not for eating disorders, but other disorders:-)), and I think I like the overall tone and approach to the novel, but honestly, it feels like too much too quick. The relationship, the defense, the offense, etc. Deep down I think there’s more accuracy to the story than i think, but maybe in my old age (40!) I’m more cynical than I was when I went through the same thing (15!).

Anyway, Alice is a pretty hard character to like, but
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Breanna Dailing
Jul 16, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is SO triggering if you have or have had an eating disorder. Full of tips and tricks, this book almost promotes the behaviors of people with eating disorders. No book should EVER do something like that! I honestly couldn't get through a chapter without wanting to relapse with my own eating disorder because the whole unit they're on in the book is a total scam. It's not designed to get you better, it's designed for your downfall. This book was not great and I do not recommend anyone pic ...more
Sophia
Jul 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do know quite a a lot about eating disorders and anorexia considering I deal with one. Upon finding this book I was excited because I’ve only ever seen/read one other book that focuses on a main male character with anorexia. I found the book very unrealistic, and Prone to stereotypes and stigmas (example- all the anorexics were bone thin and the bulimic characters were overweight) which bothered me a bit.
Overall it was a “cute” story though very rushed.
Hailey Boggs
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love with this book. It is about teenagers with eating disorders, and how no matter what you have going on in your life you can still find love and be loved. There is a lot happening during this book, and the only way to fall in love with it is to read it.
Erin Murphy
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than expected

I really enjoyed this one. I've read a lot of eating disorder books, and this one was very good. Not the basic storyline.
Zoe
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An accurate representation of Anorexia, but poorly constructed plot.
A. Musquiz
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 stars. Review coming soon
Ashton S.
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good heartfelt book
Aiden Malone
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good book if you like teen romance and comedy, and perverted jokes.
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“Can you tell me why you added weight to your gown?" Dr. Chu asked.
Another trick question.
Bones shrugged. "I wanted you to think I was gaining weight."
Dr. Chu nodded. "We need accurate records for every patient."
(Our job is to make sure you gain as much weight as possible while you're here.)
Dr. Chu leafed through Bones's file, checking off little boxes. "Since you lost weight--even with two stainless steel knives sewn into your gown, it's obvious you've been purging. Either by vomiting or--"
(We have closed-circuit cameras and hidden microphones in your room.)
"Or engaging in unauthorized exercise."
(Bingo!)
"I know this may be difficult," Dr. Chu said. "But the nutritionist and I have decided to raise your calories."
(We won't be satisfied until you resemble a scrap-fed hog.)
"Are you listening to me son?'
Bones's eyeballs hurt from so much nodding. "Yes, sir."
(Fuck you!)
"One-hundred calories isn't as bad as it sounds." Dr. Chu dropped his voice, forcing Bones to learn forward in his chair. "That's it for now.”
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