Title: Skin & Bones
Author: Sherry Shahan
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Available: Barnes and Noble | Powell's
From the Publisher: Sixteen-year-old Jack, nicknamed "Bones," won't eat. His roommate in the eating disorder ward has the opposite problem and proudly goes by the nickname "Lard." They become friends despite Bones's initial reluctance. When Bones meets Alice, a dangerously thin dancer who loves to break the rules, he lets his guard down even more. Soon Bones is so obsessed with Alice that he's willing to risk everything–even his recovery.
I have a morbid fascination with books that have characters with eating disorders. I can never pass them up when I find them, and I think it’s a symptom of my own issues with food.
Skin & Bones may be the rawest such book I’ve ever read – and the twist is that the MC was male. And he wasn’t the only male in the book with disordered eating (though he was the only one with anorexia nervosa).
I thought that the depiction of eating disorders was very realistic. Jack had no desire to recover, nor did Alice. They both went out of their way to find ways to bend the rules and to make it appear as if they were eating their calorie goals each day. And Jack’s fledgling obsession with Alice made it worse – for both of them. Then things happen that you must read about but changes are made.
In the end, there was no neat bow wrapping things up because eating disorders are messy things. If you prefer a tight story with a solid ending that leaves you with warm fuzzies, then this book may not be for you. But if you want to read an honest depiction of lives who are struggling, but still working to recover – then this is worth picking up.
Just be warned – the characters aren’t particularly likable.
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- Bookish Lover: It left me unsatisfied. I’d like to have complete and happy endings in my read. But then, I wouldn’t always have happy endings and all questions answered in my life either.
- Just Add Champagne: I honestly don’t think I would have picked it up if it didn’t feature a males perspective. I wanted to see a different view point, and while I did, it just didn’t wow me to recommend it to others.
- Bookshipper: Overall though this is a MUST read for EVERYONE. Written in a clear voice… although hard to read, it is a must read.