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Grace Oldfield

on 15 January 2013

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Skinny DONNA COONER "I know what they think because she
whispers their thoughts into my ear.
I can hear them. Clearly. Constantly.
"If I ever look like that, just kill me."
Her name is Skinny." (Cooner, 3) Fifteen year-old Ever Davies is struggling with her weight, and it's the only thing she can think about. Because of Skinny, the voice inside her head. Skinny tells Ever all of the cruel, un-whispered things that everybody is thinking. Until she decides to undergo a weight-loss surgery to help her begin again, like a fresh start. Letting her take new paths in life. Will Skinny's voice fade? Will Ever find her own voice? "I don't know how long she's been sitting there on my shoulder, whispering her messages. She popped up when I was about ten. When I started gaining weight after my mother died. At first, her voice came infrequently ...softly...but as I got bigger, she grew stronger."
(Cooner, 3) Perspective
This book is told through the eyes of Ever Davies, but you know what some of the other characters' thoughts are because of Skinny. This makes the book very interesting, and different from any book I have ever read, because it doesn't leave you wondering what the sub-characters might be thinking. "I'm fifteen years old and, I weigh 302 pounds."
(Cooner, 9) "Evidently, you can dress me up, but you can't cover my scars," I whispers softly to no one." (Cooner, 204) True History
This book definitely connects to real life, in fact 'Skinny' is a non-fiction book. The author, Donna Conner, wrote this novel about her experiences and the challenges she has faced throughout her life. In that way it makes the book that much more inspiring. It gives everyone who reads it hope, and it explains to never give up because everyone is capable of what they put their effort and hope into. "Cinderella needed that pumpkin for everything else to happen. Everybody has to start somewhere."
(Cooner, 87) Connection
I can connect the book 'Skinny' to the quote,
"We accept the love we think we deserve."
- The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
I made this connection because of Ever's difficulty with accepting love. Ever is the type of person without a great amount of self confidence. When ever someone tries to be nice to her, she rejects any sort of compliment because she believes she does not deserve it. In truth, she accepts little to no love, because of what the voice inside her head whispers to her. "It's about me...and Skinny. I shake my head, trying to clear my thoughts. Skinny is haunting me like a ghost, chasing after me like a shadow. She won't quit saying her horrible words, her lips to my ear." (Cooner, 222) I can also connect the song 'Mean - Taylor Swift', to the book. In the lyrics as she sings: Moral
The moral that I found in the book 'Skinny' was to accept who you are, and love yourself for everything that's different about you. As I was reading the book I came to the conclusion that Ever doesn't accept who she is or love herself, based entirely on her appearance. But Ever's personality is what makes me, and other readers love her. Everyone should appreciate who they are, and think about why they were put on this planet. Because if you love, and believe in yourself others all around you will too. "Fat. Huge. Ugly. Hideous. Pitiful. Alone." (Cooner, 223) "Skinny bases everything on appearance, all her horrible whispers." (Cooner, 224) Ratings
I rate this book 5/5 stars. I really liked the message in this book, along with how it was written. The author did a great job with including many similes, and metaphors. Overall, I would definitely read this book again in the future. "You, with your words like knives
And swords and weapons that you use against me"
"You have knocked me off my feet again" "Got me feeling like I'm nothing"
"You, with your voice like nails on a chalkboard"
"Calling me out when I'm wounded" "You picking on the weaker man" It makes me think of how Skinny constantly uses her words to intimidate Ever. Making Ever feel like absolute nothing. Skinny always makes Ever feel uncomfortable with herself, but why? Because she wants to be superior? She's the voice inside Ever's head, that no one knows is there. So why should Ever give her that power? For an age group I decided that this book would be suitable for grades 7-12 and maybe older. But you definitely have to be mature as a reader, because some things in this book are sensitive. I would recommend this book to an audience that's looking for a journey about change and accepting who you are. "My heart feels like it's been wrapped up in barbed wire and pushed deep inside me. I'm bleeding inside, fighting for every breath." (Cooner, 216) "Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You." - Dr. Seuss Characters,
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Cooner, Donna D. Skinny. New York: Point, 2012. N. pag. Print.
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