AUTHOR: Donna Cooner
DATE RELEASED: October 1, 2012
PAPERBACK: 260 pages
GOODREADS SYNOPSIS: 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.
REVIEW: I brought this book from my sister’s Scholastic Book Order, and I didn’t expect it to be that good. But it was! It was an emotional and heartwarming storyline. Even though it was a bit slow starting off, I found myself understanding all the characters right at the beginning. Ever is struggling with her weight and she is desperate to change her appearance for more attention from one particular person. When she begins to lose weight, Ever realizes that she still needs to work on herself emotionally and understand that she is beautiful on the inside. This story can inspire and relate to anyone. Its not just about a teenage girl trying to lose weight. It is about how one sees oneself in the midst of everyone else. Having self-awareness and finding oneself and uniqueness can help one’s personal growth.
Lesson Learned? You can find your voice. Do what you love because it doesn’t matter what other people think.
This book should definitely be in your TBR list.
Book Cover: .5
Character Development/Plot: 3 out of 3
Interest: .8 out of 1
Imagery: .8 out of 1
Total: 5.1 stars