Author: Donna Cooner
Release Date: October 1, 2012
Source: ARC from BEA
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.
I was excited to read this book because it was a completely new concept in a YA book. I had never heard of another book where the main character undergoes Gastric Bypass surgery. It was a much more serious subject than the usual type of YA books that I read. I remember the line that I waited in to get this book from the author at the Book Expo America, so I figured I might as well read it.
I thought it was going to be so much better than it was. In fact, it took me a long, long time to finish this book because I wasn’t really into it. It was sort of slow and nothing really big was happening. Once Ever, the main character, got the surgery it didn’t get much better. She was very superficial and selfish. The author briefly touched upon the issues that led to Ever becoming obese, but I thought that there would have been more of a focus on it. There wasn’t. Ever spent most of her time complaining about the boy she couldn’t get, her friends, and her step-sisters. As I said, it wasn’t as good as I thought it could be.
Though she managed to lose a large amount of weight and she got everything she wanted in the end, I still felt that Ever had unresolved past issues that were never really dealt with. Skinny would have seemed much more personal and “deep” if these things had been discussed. In the end it ended up being (as I said) superficial and very similar to every other high school story out there.