Book in Review: Skin and Bones by Sherry Shahan

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Skin and Bones
Title: Skin and Bones
Author: Sherry Shahan
Publication Date: March 1, 2014 Publisher: Albert Whitman Teen
Format: ARC
Rating: 3/5

Jack is an anorexic who checks into an recovery facility. He becomes friends with Lard (his name isn't actually Lard), his roommate, who is a compulsive eater and soon nicknames himself "Bones". He goes through a lot of challenges, befriends other patients in the facility, and finds himself falling in love.

First of  all, I would like to congratulate the author for writing a book wherein the main character is a male anorexic. Most books about anorexia have a female character as the protagonist which makes this book special. This book definitely opened my eyes to the fact that there are actually a lot of male anorexics out there. It also successfully showed how complex anorexia actually is. Bones and Alice, who are both anorexic in this book, have a couple of habits, that have something to do with their anorexia, that is quite disturbing. It also shows you how far Bones and Alice would go to lose weight. Skin and Bones also makes you realize that nobody can help you of you don't help yourself. Though the book is tackling a serious issues like anorexia and compulsive eating, the dialogue remains light and humorous.

Even though this book was good, I can't seem to give it a higher rating. The book wasn't really all that special even though the main character was a male anorexic. Aside from that, there was nothing really different about it. There are a lot of books about eating disorders and this one just didn't stand out. I didn't become attached to the characters and really didn't care much about what would happen. It also took me quite a long time to finish this book and I guess I was a bit disappointed by the ending but the rest of the book was good.

All in all, this book was good and simple. I don't regret reading it and would like to thank the author for giving me an arc of this book. I enjoyed this book and believe that a lot of other people will enjoy it too. For anyone who is looking for a simple yet meaningful read, this is the book for you. If you are trying to understand more about eating disorders, you should check this book out.

Have you read Skin and Bones? What did you think about it? Leave a comment!

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  1. I really do applaud the author for making him a MALE anorexic. I hate how so much of media focuses on the girl anorexics who do have more numbers, but then men even have more self-esteem problems because being male and anorexic is some rare species. Anorexia is wrong no matter who it is. But it's unfortunate that nothing else about the book was wow-worthy. Great review!


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