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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2012 Donna Cooner (P)2012 Scholastic Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Sher from Provo on 03-15-13

I hear those same voices

Speaking as one who has struggled with being overweight my whole life, I can say I learned a lot from "Skinny". I totally understand those emotions, and the self-abuse whenever I would fail at a diet or eat stuff I should not eat. My heart goes out to all who have this same struggle because it eats at your very being and can destroy your self-esteem. Not to mention how hard it is on your health to be overweight. I lost my only sister, all 350 pounds of her, to obesity-related illness at the young age of 47. I miss her every day.

This is a great book and I am very glad I read it. Everyone who has struggled or does now struggle with weight should read it. Although the method this young girl finally chose to help her become more healthy is not the route I would take, I certainly understand her reasons for doing so, and admire her courage.

The revelations about "Skinny" that we learned at the end of the book were worth the entire read! Fabulous!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Susan on 05-07-13

Authentic and fearless

What made the experience of listening to Skinny the most enjoyable?

The character of Ever is real, imperfect, vulnerable and lovable.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

What about Elizabeth Morton’s performance did you like?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

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.

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