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Book 25 - 2017

Book 25: Skinny by Ibi Kaslik – 244 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:
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.

This book struck me as strange, and the ending made little sense - I genuinely couldn’t work out what was going on in the end. Giselle comes across as a strong individual but she hides a terrible secret. This book very much looks out how many anorexia sufferers use food as a means of control, when they feel they can’t control anything else. Holly, Giselle’s younger sister, witness her sister’s destruction, but is unable to stop it. I thought this book would speak to me as I have a younger sister, but the confusing ending really tainted the rest of the book for me, and I didn’t get as much out of it as I was hoping to. It is a quick read, so if you can accept the ending, and the topic is of interest, its still worth a look.

25 / 50 books. 50% done!

10661 / 15000 pages. 71% done!

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Tags: mental health, teen lit
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