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This is the story of a girl named Giselle, who is struggling with anorexia. Life is hard because her father just died and she is going through med school. This book. 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. Skinny is the debut novel by Hungarian-Canadian author Ibi Kaslik, first published by HarperCollins in May It appeared on the New York Times best.

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The sisters love each other fiercely but they also hurt each other in a myriad of ways.

It will mean nothing to finally recognize a different kind of pain, of misery and living. Her first novel, Skinny, was a New York Times Bestseller and has been published in numerous countries. This is why people always want a second opinion. I invested a good three days into this book and for it to end like it did is heart-breaking.

Jan 26, Aly rated it it was ok Shelves: It must be so sw Have you ever seen a reflection of yourself and fought to recognize the person staring back at you? This is beyond body image and kaslikk into the area of delusion and self-annhilation. I’m esctatic that Kaslik the author writes the persepctive from an older ‘woman’ -assuming since this problem is more common amongst teenagers, its refershing how she presents the reality from kaslii year old college student–who aspired to be a surgeon.

People who would mostly enjoy this book are young teenagers and college students. I also thought Giselle and her sjinny with her father was interesting but I felt so much for her because we found the truth later on.


It was a coming of age story at the same time that it was a book about young adult life.

Skinny (novel) – Wikipedia

The point of view alternates through chapters between Giselle and her younger sister, Holly. If you are located outside Canada, the best way to order online is to choose from the following bookstores listed by region and country.

View all 9 comments. The focus that lies on Giselle is all about it, but no one seems to care all that much. Giselle and Holly, both sisters, tell their story in their own point of view as it switches back and fourth in every chapter.

The story of Giselle’s anorexia wasn’t necessarily familiar to me, and at first I struggled to see any reality in it. See more popular or the latest prezis. But maybe that’s why it was down on purpose? Other kinds of people who would enjoy reading this book are those who can actually relate to it. But a lifetime of bitter relations with her deceased father is slowly catching up, and she falls into a downward spiral that her mother and her younger sister Holly are powerless sjinny stop.

Do you really want to delete this prezi? I found her battle with anorexia to be very realistic and also very sad. Holly’s older sister, Giselle, is self-destructing. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, it is very well written and has a jaslik message, but I enjoy that it doesn’t only talk about her eating disorder. This article about a s novel is a stub. On so many levels. View all 8 comments. They both live with their mother, with no father figure as he passed a few years back.

And, maybe it is good for a bunch of whiny adolescents to read a book about the reality of things every once and a while. The immigrant family struggle, the parental infidelity, the cheating boyfriend, the oversexed middle schooler, the pressured bisexual grad student, the drug abuse, the dead father issues Ksalik to be as skinny as her sister Holly.


Creating downloadable prezi, be patient. Funny how Holly only had problems hearing when it was convenient to her. And she has no trouble hearing and talking during any of that. I don’t even really want to talk about it. Though I had already read this book and knew what happens, I was still hooked from page one and crying at the end. However it is the characters that disappointed me, I felt absolutely and completely detached to the characters by the end of the book.

In the end, I wouldn’t This was probably one of the worst books I’ve ever read. The way mental illness was portrayed in this book was excellent. Haunted by her love-deprived relationship with her late father, this once strong role model and medical student, is gripped by anorexia. Her sister Holly is nothing like Giselle she is very healthy and athletic as well but they both have one thing in common there dad did when they were both young.

It appeared on the New York Times best sellers list [1] for two consecutive weeks in And Leave Her Lay Dying. Holly, a track star, struggles to keep her own life in balance while coping with the mental and physical deterioration of her beloved sister.

The 10 Best Emily Dickinson Poems. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Boy am I glad I read this again.