Author: Donna Cooner
Release Date: October 1, 2012
Find your voice.
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.
First off, this is not exactly what I thought it would be – yes, I judged this one only by its cover when I decided I wanted to read it. Basically, I thought this book was about a skinny girl who had body image issues and an eating disorder. Nope! This is about an over weight teenager who, after years of dieting and bullying – along with other issues – decides it’s time time to go through with Gastric Bypass Surgery. Throughout this novel you hear a voice in Ever’s head, that she calls Skinny, who didn’t appear until after her mother died. After the surgery, you’re taken on a journey with Ever who learns more about herself, her friends, her step-sister, and the truth.
I love these kind of stories – maybe it’s because I had body image issues in my late teens (and to some extent still do) and watching, reading, listening to how people over come these issues – both physical and mental – intrigues me. Ever goes through – what I’m assuming is – a very realistic experience (I have never gone through bypass surgery, nor have I ever been obese) and she questions how she experiences life. She expands her circle of friends and what social events she’s involved in. I loved that they kept track of her weight loss, her exercise, and her playlist, which Rat – her best friend – decided best reflected Ever’s current mood. In the end Ever faces Skinny and I loved how this scene played out!
Most of the characters I enjoyed and could relate to – Ever had body image/weight/health issues, Rat was a geek/outcast, Briella was misunderstood. The only two characters I couldn’t stand was Jackson and Whitney, who I both felt were completely fake and only seemed to care about Ever once she started loosing weight and could see personal gain in knowing her. Overall, everyone seemed realistic and reacted in relatively realistic ways and kept to their true character – even when the character grew or our knowledge of them expanded it all made sense.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it. Keep in mind this book does have some bullying and majority of the bullying was done by Ever herself – to herself – which may be unnerving to some.
Rating: 4/5 Stars – Great Book.
Content: I don’t remember much swearing – couple of swears scattered throughout at most; innocent kissing; there is no violence in this book; however, there is a large amount of bullying (self and peer) and self hatred and poor body image throughout this novel.
Source: Library Copy