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The author of the article was critical of the book for not taking enough care with its topic — teenagers having weight loss surgery. A potentially controversial YA book? Of course I had to read it as soon as possible. And despite some strengths, I agree with the article — Skinny is not the book it could or needs to be. All teenagers talk about wanting to be different, be unique, but really, they all just want to fit in.

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The author of the article was critical of the book for not taking enough care with its topic — teenagers having weight loss surgery. A potentially controversial YA book? Of course I had to read it as soon as possible. And despite some strengths, I agree with the article — Skinny is not the book it could or needs to be. All teenagers talk about wanting to be different, be unique, but really, they all just want to fit in.

Ever does not fit in, with her peers, with her new step-sisters or step-mother or even in her own head. That is where Skinny lives — in her head, taunting her and letting her know that she is fat and ugly and will never, ever be anything else.

Cooner addresses adolescent obesity and the extreme measures people will use to combat the growing problem. She gives no one a chance to get close, fearing rejection and humiliation.

That she considers surgery is no surprise — her weight is her whole life. But…I agree with the author of that article. Only I would argue more strongly that Skinny is not an appropriate presentation of weight loss surgery for obese teenagers. Ever may be a realistic character in some ways, but in others, Skinny reads like nothing more than another fairy tale, complete with ugly ducklings and beautiful swans.

My basic issue is that this is a child — 15 years old. It all seems too fast and far, far too easy. As she sheds weight she also magically sheds that nasty inner voice and virtually every aspect of her life improves — with no professional help whatsoever.

This is not a book I would recommend for a teenager with weight problems, the family of a teenager with weight problems or, well, anyone who knows a teenager with weight problems.

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I can hear them. She popped up when I was about ten, when I started gaining weight after my mother died. At first, her voice came infrequently. I only hear her. I squeeze down the aisle of my sophomore algebra class to the far back corner accompanied by the swishing sound of my thighs rubbing together with each step.

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I can hear them. She popped up when I was about ten, when I started gaining weight after my mother died. At first, her voice came infrequently. I only hear her. I squeeze down the aisle of my sophomore algebra class to the far back corner accompanied by the swishing sound of my thighs rubbing together with each step.

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