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Review: Skinny by Donna Cooner

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Title: Skinny
Author: Donna Cooner
Publisher: Electric Monkey
Publication Date: Feb 2013
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 5/5

Synopsis from Amazon

Happily ever after? Or never ever, Ever. Ever’s mom loved fairy tales, but at fifteen-years-old and weighing 302 lbs, Ever Davies is sure that “happily ever after” was never written for her. She lives under the constant scrutiny of everyone around her, and “Skinny” – the voice in her head – makes sure she never forgets how fat and ugly she is. That is, until Ever decides to take drastic action. With the help of her long-suffering friend Rat, Ever embarks on the risky, terrifying journey of gastric surgery. But while Ever’s body gradually changes on the outside, she soon finds that changing the person on the inside is much harder. And silencing Skinny is the hardest task of all.

REVIEW BY SHELLY

“Ever Davies is fifteen years old and dangerously overweight. She was named for the fairy tales her mother loved so much, but feels sure that “happily ever after” was never written for her. Until, one day, she decides to take drastic action. Changing on the outside is one thing – but silencing Skinny is the hardest thing of all.” 

This book captivated me right from the start. The way Donna Cooner uses her own experience is evident from the off and so you get the whole picture of what Ever is feeling. At the start I felt sorry for Ever who weighs in at 302 pounds but I also wanted to shout at her for getting that way and felt that she could have done something before now in order to help herself. It’s not until you read on and understand exactly what Ever feels and thinks that you really get to grips on her issues. But this is not just a story about a girl who is overweight, it is also a story of courage and how anyone can silence those inner voices we all have. Ever’s voice is Skinny and she tells her what everyone is thinking, that she is the fattest person ever and that no one will ever love her. And that is the problem as Ever wants to feel love and so takes the decision to have a gastric band fitted. It works but also brings her fresh problems to deal with.

At the heart of this book is a real love story and I loved the character Rat who made me laugh, smile and cry. In fact the whole book was like that and both Ever and Rat as characters were totally believable and instantly felt like friends. Donna Cooner writes such wonderful characters that even the bit part players are totally real and believable.

I have to say that this is a great read and for a first novel it blew my socks off so I can’t wait to see what else Donna Cooner comes up with.