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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

SKINNY by Donna Cooner

SKINNY isn't a typical book for Sporty Girl Books. Ever, the main character, is anything but athletic as she self medicates with food--and lots of it. But when I read this book last week, I felt like it was something we should talk about here at Sporty Girl Books. Ever, the main character has a voice in her head, Skinny, who makes her feel awful for her body, for the person she is, and makes her feel like everyone is against her, while in reality, that isn't the case. We all hear voices from time to time telling us we're not good enough, or interpreting that gaze or laugh from an acquaintance or stranger. SKINNY is the story of Ever overcoming both the unhealthy voice in her head and also the unhealthy weight on her body. It's her slow journey to finding who she really is. 

How many of us have voices in our heads telling us we're not good enough, we can't break that record, finish the climb, make it one more lap in the pool, hit that curve ball, or ever find the right clothes to wear? I constantly find myself issuing mantras to combat the voices in my head. But sometimes it isn't enough and the negative voices win. How do you stay positive and turn off the mean voices in your own head? 

Positive thoughts are power. May we overcome the voices in our heads so we can emerge our best selves.

From Goodreads:

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

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