Reviews and thoughts on everything from books to products, recipes to volunteering, gardening, wellness and more. Too hungry to eat? 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.
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Too hungry to eat? 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 stands out from the rest in the way Giselle describes her experience. Many people claim that when in the clutches of anorexia, it feels as though they are possessed by something other than themselves.
This was certainly the case here, but the descriptions of actually looking in the mirror and seeing something completely different were interesting. It was also different from many stories in that Giselle seemed to genuinely want to beat this thing much of the time. I also enjoyed when the story was told from her perspective that she spoke as if she were the patient she is a med student in the book and was very much detached from things.
Of course this theme of detachment is common among many anorexics, the style used in the telling here is refreshingly unique. In this case, Giselle openly admits that the poor relationship with her late father affected her. She claims that she was basically self medicating with the drugs and alcohol. She also recognizes and agonizes over the fact that she sabotages relationships and struggles with her boyfriend. On the other hand, her sister Holly is a sassy private school girl who excels in athletics far more than in academia.
Perhaps what I liked most about this book is that it does not have a happy ending. Giselle dies. Plain and simple, the anorexia kills her. The way this story was written had me feeling pulled in many directions: Hopeful that Giselle would get better.
Fed up with her whining and excuses. Slapping my forehead when Holly repeatedly got into trouble. Angry at their mother who did not even seem interested in trying to understand what was going on. This is not one of those books. Many loose ends are left that way, but in a good way.
Ibi Kaslik Quotes
Quotes from the book "Skinny" by Ibi Kaslik Here? In this waste of a place you call home? Tell me, what does it feel like to almost die? Almost, almost but not quite, you can function while starving.
What is the theme for the book "Skinny" by Ibi Kaslik?
I could not help but to immediately feel sorry for the family in the novel Skinny by Ibi Kaslik. She takes on a huge role writing this depressing novel as she goes deep into the endeavors of demonstrating many issues facing youth and into two young girls struggling minds. I am close to many people facing problems exactly like the ones that were portrayed in Skinny. This is hands down one of my favorite novels because there was never a dull moment and the practicality of it all was captivating. It captured my attention right away and had me engaged throughout the entire story.
Quotes from Skinny
Hardcover Giselle is destroying herself - and not only herself, but also those around her who can only watch, helpless to stop her destruction. As Holly looks on, her older sister Giselle seems to be fighting a losing battle with anorexia. Giselle blames much of her physical and mental deterioration on her late father, who she feels never loved her the way he did Holly. Every time it seems that Giselle is returning to her former self - meeting a guy, volunteering at the hospital - she is drawn back in by that which consumes her from the inside.