Saturday, December 19, 2015
Book review: Skinny
Holly's older sister, Giselle, is self-destructing. Haunted by her love-deprived relationship with her late father, this once strong role model and medical student, is gripped by anorexia. Holly, a track star, struggles to keep her own life in balance while coping with the mental and physical deterioration of her beloved sister. Together, they can feel themselves slipping and are holding on for dear life.
This honest look at the special bond between sisters is told from the perspective of both girls, as they alternate narrating each chapter. Gritty and often wryly funny, Skinny explores family relationships, love, pain, and the hunger for acceptance that drives all of us.
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I bought this book! With my own money! Don' worry, I didn't get too crazy. I got this and other books all for about 15.00 USD at thriftbooks.com.
A lot of eating disorder books focus a lot on the person who is sick, with family as an afterthought. What I like about Skinny is it focuses on Giselle, who struggles with ednos, and holly, her sister who has a disability but is otherwise healthy. The story pulls you in not only with the author's awesome writing style and Giselle's drama, but with a powerful family narrative that has you attached to the characters and wanting more if them. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, especially after the disaster that was Purge.