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“It is estimated that 8 million Americans have an eating disorder – seven million women, and one million men.” (“South Carolina Department of Mental Health”). Skinny by Ibi Kaslik is about two sisters, Holly and Giselle, whose lives and relationship are impacted by the others’ state of condition. Giselle is a medical student who wanted to see what would happen if she stopped eating, and because of this she developed anorexia. Holly is an eighth grader who was born deaf in her left ear. The story jumps back and forth, changing every chapter, from Giselle’s point of view to Holly’s. This helps show the reader how one sister affects the others life. Skinny by Ibi Kaslik shows how family problems can have a great effect on the lives of the people within the family.
Kaslik first introduces Giselle while she is in an institution for people with eating disorders. Giselle’s mother and Holly are visiting her and are told that Giselle is being released early, (she had only been in treatment for six weeks) and was ready to go back home. After a little time of being home, Holly starts to …
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… the end no matter how you deal with stress, whether by loss of appetite or jumping off a bridge, family is family, and they are always there for each other even if they feel like the family is separated.
Works Cited
Kaslik, Ibi. Skinny. New York: Walker & Company, 2004. Print.
Parenting and Child Health. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Dec. 2013. .
South Carolina Department of Mental Health. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2013. .