Saturday, December 14, 2013

Skinny by Donna Cooner ~ Book Review


by Donna Cooner

About the book:

Name: Ever Davies
Gender: Female
Age: 15
Occupation :  Student
Attributes:          Obese

Has a voice inside her head          saying all the secrets her classmates think about her; has a great singing voice; thinks about having surgery.

Genre:    Young adult fiction

Topics:    Obesity, Self-esteem, High school 

A remarkable new voice in YA fiction. And a powerful topic that is both timely--and timeless. 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. But there is another voice: Ever's singing voice, which is beautiful but has been silenced by Skinny. Partly in the hopes of trying out for the school musical--and partly to try and save her own life--Ever decides to undergo a risky surgery that may help her lose weight and start over. With the support of her best friend, Ever begins the uphill battle toward change. But demons, she finds, are not so easy to shake, not even as she sheds pounds. Because Skinny is still around. And Ever will have to confront that voice before she can truly find her own. Donna Cooner brings warmth, wit, and startling insight to this unforgettable debut. (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics™, a Bowker service.)

My Thoughts: I thought this book was great!  I don't know about you, but I can certainly identify with Ever Davies.  I may not have a weight problem, but there have been many times in my life that I have doubted myself and many times that I've heard that "wee small voice" in my head telling me that I couldn't or wouldn't be able to do something.  I think that we all experience this at one time or another.  Have you?

I think what was really great in this story was that Ever finally realized that she is not unique in this way.  She finds out that even "perfect" people have insecurities and doubts about themselves or their abilities.

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Author Notes:
Donna Cooner lives with her goat dog, Roxanne, in Fort Collins, Colorado, where she also works as a professor of education. A former gastric bypass patient, Donna was inspired to share some of her experiences with readers. SKINNY is her debut novel. You can visit her online at