“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 realise how Giselle is eating and acting:
I hate watching her sit around all day on the couch, too tired from her sugar high to do anything except stare at the TV. She talks about going back to school, but it’s hard to imagine her pulling herself together to even leave the house. How is she going to be a normal person and go back to school while she still like like a scarecrow and eats crap? So I decided to do something about it: I got a garbage bag from under the sink and started throwing all her junk food into it. Then I walked over to her and snatched the tub of ice cream from her hand.(Kaslik 20)
Holly’s action, which in the public’s eyes seems like nothing, created a major fight between the two sisters. Holly took this opportunity to tell Giselle what she really thinks about how Giselle is eating and acting. Holly said, “Until you eat and act like a normal person, I am absconding your food.” and “...you act like a spoiled brat...” This flood of thoughts and emotion from Holly shows how Giselle’s anorexia is not only affecting Giselle but Holly too. Holly is seeing the changes in her sisters attitude and mood, in return Holly feels obligated to fix the situation.
Later on when she feels more comfortable leaving the house and actually starts living, she re-meets an old friend named Soloman, or Sol.Giselle and Sol eventually start dating and talk about the personal parts of their lives. Holly, at a track tournament, gets into a physical fight with some girls on she opposing team and afterward is sent to a hospital because of a broken nose. Giselle and Sol go on a date the day after, and they start talking. Sol starts the conversation:
“ Did you find out at least if Holly got some punches in?”
I shake my head. “No, she likes to do daredevil stuff. This one time she tried to jump
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