Skinny by Ibi Kaslik

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Do you ever get hungry? Too hungry to eat?

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.

About Ibi Kaslik

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Ibi Kaslik is a freelance writer and novelist. She has an MA in creative writing and lives in Toronto, Canada. Her first novel, Skinny, was short listed for both the in Canada First Novel Award and the Canadian Library Association’s Young Adult Book Award. Visit her Web site at
Published December 1, 2008 by Walker Childrens. 258 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Reading chapters that alternate between their distinct and sometimes startlingly aware voices, readers will be intimately imbedded in each sister’s mind as they each deal with Giselle’s disorder and the complicated family issues that their struggle unearths, especially regarding their deceased fa...

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Family secrets play a role in Canadian author Kaslik's powerful first novel about 22-year-old Giselle's struggle with anorexia and its devastating effects on her family.

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Skinny is the story of the two Vasco sisters, Giselle and Holly.

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

Giselle is destroying herself - and not only herself, but also those around her who can only watch, helpless to stop her destruction.

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