Is this week c-r-a-w-l-i-n-g for anyone else?? That always seems to happen when something fun is ahead for the weekend. I’m looking forward to some sunny days at the beach with friends! I just finished reading Skinny by Ibi Kaslik, and I wanted to get my review up right away before I forget some of my thoughts!
To give some background, Skinny is the story of two sisters, one med student battling anorexia, and one almost high-schooler, athletic and pretty. Kaslik tells the story from the sisters’ alternating points of view from chapter to chapter. I always enjoy books in which the POV alternates with each chapter. I like it gives the book sort of a sing-songy nature.
I was initially interested in this book because I am intrigued by stories that have troublesome or controversial subject matter. Not knowing many of the specifics about anorexia, Kaslik did an excellent job of educating me as the reader. Medical terminology, definitions, and procedures are woven throughout, and Kaslik uses these to build and continue the story. The impact that Giselle’s disease has on her whole family is heart-breaking, and I couldn’t help but empathize with her mom and sister, Holly. Kaslik paints vividly the grim picture of an entire family battling and coping with Giselle’s disease.
While I was engrossed in some parts of the story, other aspects left me wanting more. Giselle’s boyfriend, for one, is not depicted in a way that makes you feel any sort of connection to the relationship that the two have. Also, the ghost of the girls’ father that sometimes appears felt strange and unconnected. In the end, the story of the causes of anorexia and the toll that it takes on the body and the whole family is one that made me think, and from which I learned a lot.
RATING – 3 out of 5 stars – Good, but I wasn’t wowed from start to finish.
Currently Reading: We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han