Hopeless. Freak. Elephant. Pitiful. These are the words of Skinny, the vicious voice that lives inside 15-year-old Ever Davies's head. Skinny tells Ever all the dark thoughts her classmates have about her. Ever knows she weighs over 300 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.
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I hear those same voices
- Sher from Provo
Authentic and fearless
The character of Ever is real, imperfect, vulnerable and lovable.
Even though the target audience is teen girls,the angst and inner-voice of Skinny, telling Ever she will never be enough, is a universal experience.
Ms. Morton brought warmth and charm to the voice of Ever, and gave all the characters a uniqueness that I could recognize each character every time. With excellent, but seemingly effortless enunciation, I never missed a word.
I would have liked the author to explore how Ever dealt with giving up food as an emotional crutch and truly learn to cope with her grief and move beyond it. Also, I wanted to scream at this Dad for not getting his daughter some psychological therapy: death of a mother and weight gain of 200 pounds in five years is definitely reason to get some help. I would also think any teen girl getting this kind of surgery would need more guidance and support than represented. I do worry that overweight teen girls might read this book and think that gastric bypass is fairly easy and would solve all her problems.