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I'm telling you because if I don't, I will choke on it. Everybody knows what happened, but nobody asks. And Elvis the EMT doesn't count because when he asked, he didn't even listen to me answer because he was listening to my sister's heart not beat with his stethoscope. I w
Hardcover, 227 pages
Published March 21st 2006 by Margaret K. McElderry (first published January 2nd 2006)
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Aug 13, 2009 rated it liked it
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Spirit Hayter
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I picked this book because my librarian had recommended it to me. Since we have the same taste in books. I had read the summary and fell in love instantly.
'Skin' is a page turner from beginning to end. The flow of the sentences, to the pages to the chapters are all perfect. Through out the whole book i could not put it down. I was up reading the book most nights past 12 o'clock. I could never find a spot to put down 'Skin'.
'Skin' begins with Donnie, a eight grader moving on to ninth. High schoo
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Skin by Adrienne Vrettos

Donnie has become invisible. Since his sister has been in the hospital, Donnie has practiced floating through the halls like a ghost. He doesn’t touch anyone, and he imagines that the times he does brush up against their arms, it feels like a clammy, cold breath on their skin. Donnie sits in the back of his high school class and doesn’t raise his hand. He ignores everyone because it is easy, it is like they are not even in the same universe. Donnie’s goal is to get throug
Hazel McHaffie
Jan 21, 2014 rated it liked it
This one's more about bullying and poor family relationships than about anorexia. I found it rather bleak and hopeless.
The opening scene where Donnie discovers his sister’s body is good: she’s 16, he’s 14. But otherwise I wasn’t convinced by Donnie’s voice and didn’t like the depressing lack of any kind of resolution.
Donnie is the narrator. His family is totally dysfunctional, unable to deal with Karen’s eating disorder or see Donnie and his needs. Superficial focus is on anorexic Karen, but re
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Skin by Adrienne Maria Vrettos is a story about a family who is going through a rough patch in their lives. This book begins with Donnie, an eighth grader who is experiencing his parents going through a divorce and his sister who is drifting away from her family. Donnie is a person who is trying to keep his family put together and trying to disappear so his parents can focus on his sister who is struggling with a disease. Throughout the story, characters are introduced who became important roles ...more
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Rating: 3.4

This book was extremely powerful, partially because of it's subject matter, but to me, more because of the point of view...the only things that bothered me about it had nothing to do with the author at all, really, but with I guess what you could call "white privilege"...I'm not talking about eating disorders (that's something I can understand), but more about the way the kids talked to their parents...perhaps that's a part of American culture, but it was something that severely bothe
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Donnie, at fourteen years old, feels it is his responsibility to save his sister Karen from an eating disorder and to solve the marital problems of his parents. In the process he gradually disappears and loses himself. He is a true outcast at school now that his “loser” friends no longer acknowledge him. His parents’ arguments have now resulted in them living apart in separate towns, although they instead claim the cause is his father’s job. Donnie and his mother are now at a loss at try
Jun 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I've had this book for many years now, it is one of my favourites. The story deals with 14 year old misfit Donnie and how he feels he is dissapearing. His home life has broken down, what with his dad leaving and his sister battling with anorexia. At school he is one of the most unpopular kids and his two best friends have ditched him.
The book opens with the death of his sister Karen and Donnie trying to revive her, which is quite an interesting opening, bec
Mar 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: q4-2009
In her first novel, Adrienne Maria Vrettos, opens her book hard and fast-paced, in a scene that you wouldn't expect to find on a first page. The fairly new author has only to novels to her name, Skin and Sight. Skin has won many honorable mentions and a few book awards including an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Though this book was only two hundred and twenty seven pages, I found myself devouring every page and hoping it wouldn't end.
This novel portrays life, nowadays, at it's lowest. A marr
May 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Karen is sick. She refuses to eat and the only person she talks to is her friend Amanda. And Amanda listens. So when Karen ‘eats dinner’ over Amanda’s house most nights Amanda plays along. But this story isn’t about Amanda. It’s about Donnie and how he struggles to see his sister eat, his dad actually come home to see his family once and awhile, and to stay invisible anymore. Becuase he feels as if everything is up to him, and if anything changes his world will come crashing down.

Normally I’m mo
Apr 17, 2017 added it
I was drawn to this book from the second I started reading it. The intense beginning engages the reader and instantly makes them hungry for more. At first, I was drawn to this book because I find stories about eating disorders interesting. I quickly discovered that this book is much more than the battle of a girl, it is told from the perspective of her brother and the affects his sister's disorder has on the family. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in finding out more abut ...more
Dec 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
14-year old Donnie narrates this book about his sister, Karen, and her bout with anorexia. A self-professed nobody, Donnie depends on his sister to be his friend, but his homelife and especially his parents' relationship is shattered as Karen's disease spirals out of control. Thinking that it will somehow help his sister, Donnie "disappears" into himself, and what results is a powerful narrative on what it's like to be the "other" child--the sibling often forgotten in the wake of family tragedy. ...more
Anna Motteler
Dec 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I think that this is the best book dealing with anorexia that I have ever read. You are reading this from Karen's brother's point of view and usually in the books that I have read, you are seeing it through the person suffering from anorexia, not their family member's point of view. I loved the ending of this book, I never expected it to happen and it honestly made me smile when I read the last few pages. Great read about the disorder and what it does to your family if you suffer from it. A must ...more
Mar 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: eating-disorders
There aren't that many books about eating disorders that focus on the aftermath. And when this books focuses on Karen's fatal anorexia, and the chaos she leaves behind, it's very, very good. This was a needed voice, and it makes for a good companion to Wintergirls. But... the main viewpoint character, Karen's brother Donnie, is obnoxious. I found him to be totally unlikeable. He's the big weakness in the book.
Maryam Asif
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: loved
This is an amazing book that literally will break your heart. I LOVED the perspective of this book, especially since it's different compared to others. It's so sad, messed up, relatable, real and upsetting that made it more appealing for me. Great great great read!
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Goodreads for suggesting this book. The narrator is Donnie, an unpopular boy, who is living in the midst of his parents fighting, his own image, and his sister's anorexia. I loved that this was from a teenage boy's perspective. I really felt connected to some of the language and the feelings regarding death. This book broke my heart beautifully.
May 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Eating disorder suffers, teenagers
Shelves: mental-health
Skin is not just another book about anorexia, it is a very different story.

This book really opens your eyes to how eating disorders tear apart families and friendships. The story of Donnie and of Karen work so well together, the book is heartbreaking and very funny at different times.

I would recommend it to ED sufferers and anybody else who likes an emotional read.
Rebecca McNutt
This is one of very few fiction books on eating disorders I've read that doesn't focus on a victim, but on the family member of a victim. The one person Donnie can truly trust is slowly dying, and this book follows his thoughts and his emotions, and eventually how he copes with it.
Skin is a book about a boy called Donnie who has a sister suffering from anorexia. I recommend it because it's beautifully written and a very fresh angle on the usual 'girl with eating disorder' story line. Also, I feel not enough people know about it.

It gets me every time.
Cait S
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was so unbelievably good. Horrendously sad and gut wrenching and very realistic in the way it portrayed emotions. But so good.

I picked it up about a couple hours ago and didn't put it down until I was finished.
Hana Peterson
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I chose to read the book Skin by Adrienne Maria Vrettos. This book is about a boy, Donnie, who considers himself to be a nerd and on the lower end of the scare. During the book, his parents are getting a divorce and his sister, Karen, starts to get an eating disorder. Donnie keeps all of this from any of his friends at school. He finds himself alone and is determined to fix his parents marriage and his sister's illness. Karen always seems to be going away to get better but when she comes back, n ...more
Susanne Moseid Bryhni
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone over the age of 9
Shelves: deep, ungdom
The best book I have ever read. It is funny and touching and everything you could ever wish from a book. It brings up various important topics without shoving it down your throat, and gives you a perspective on other people's lives. I once read that booklovers are more empathic than non-readers, and I think books like this is the reason for that.

In my opinion, this book contains one of the most powerful and touching paragraphs ever written. A paragraph on page 128-129 is so depressing, though op
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
i cant remember how many years ago its been since I first read this book. I've read it multiple times since (though it's been a while since the last time). I LOVE this book. As i've said i've read it multiple times & despite the fact I now know what's coming, I still cant help but cry. It's so emotional. But through the tears there's laughter as there is a slight "realism" humour throughout. it's refreshing to have a story written tackling a sensitive issue such as eating disorders but writt ...more
Kimberly B.
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I chose the book "Skin" by Adrienne Maria Vrettos to read. I found it to be an interesting read. It was a pretty well kept pace book. I found it to be a bit on the predictable side. Karen's problem is evident and the book doesn't really come out to actually say what Karen has until close to the end. I found sad the relationship the father has between Karen and Donnie. I feel as if no kid should hear their parents verbally fight all the time. It is something unpleasant and it most certainly affec ...more
Samantha Waitz
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My novel, Skin, by Adrienne Maria Vrettos is about Donnie, a younger brother of a girl that struggles with anorexia. Karen, Donnie’s sister, starves herself because she thinks she’s fat. Her parents begin arguing a lot because of her. I gave this book a 5 star rating because I really enjoyed it. I can not relate with having an eating disorder, but a friend that does. Her parents argue sometimes because of her and her mistakes. I feel very bad and just want to give her a hug all the time. I would ...more
Sydney Lohr
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book and at times it was hard for me to stop. It showed a bunch of different characters and explained the personalities of everyone. It showed me a perfect picture in my head and in my opinion that shows a good book. I would definitely recommend reading this because it gets you thinking in ways you've never thought before. The author pieced together everything at the end and its just one of those things you say "oh" to. Throughout the whole book, Donnie (the younger ...more
Gina  Clabo
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was heartbreaking, beautiful, and a lesson learner I loved Donnie who is 14 perspective and his life throughout this book although I can see this happening to anyone around the world at any age it was a breathe of fresh air to hear from a different point of view and through someone else's eyes...Recommend this to all ages so maybe somebody can seek help if going through this same thing..Beautiful book loved it...Gina Clabo
Heather Munao
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Goodness. A suitably horrible look at anorexia through the eyes of someone who can't understand what he is witnessing and has too much on his plate to think it through.
Alicianna Ingram
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
good book
Jan 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction
aren and Donnie have a less than pleasant home life. They occupy the front steps during their parents' fights often enough that they keep provision hidden behind a loose stone. And it's on one such afternoon that they meet her. Amanda. Donnie is immediately smitten, Karen has an immediate best friend. But while Amanda becomes and easy out for Karen, Donnie finds himself left behind. Suddenly the fights are his alone to ignore.

Their happiest time comes the following summer, on their vacation up a
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“Nothing about us is right. We’re the wrongest kids you’ve ever seen. Our faces are wrong with zits, we have the wrong hair, the wrong clothes, and I think we might be ugly. Our families are wrong because none of us are rich, our bodies are wrong because we suck at sports, and there’s something really wrong with all of our personalities, because nobody likes us, not even the teachers. Teachers make fun of us too, and think we don’t notice.” 14 likes
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