by Donna Cooner [YA Cooner]
Ever is the most talented singer in the school, but you'd never know it because she tries to draw as little attention to herself as possible. At 15 years old and 302 lbs, that isn't easy to do. Ever has tried every diet in the books, but finds herself easily discouraged and packs the pounds on. "Skinny," is the name of the voice telling Ever she isn't good enough and Skinny is everywhere. Every time Ever looks at the boy of her dreams or tries to interact with a classmate, Skinny puts Ever down so low that Ever lashes out at those around her. She decides that gastric bypass surgery is the best option for her to lose weight and get rid of Skinny once and for all. Ever has the support of her father, who only wants what's best for her, and her best friend, the boy she's known since long before her eating habits deteriorated. Coming out of the surgery, Ever begins losing weight and things start falling into place. She catches the eye of several popular kids, but she also feels like she's drifting away from her best friend. Will Ever be able to find balance with her old life and her new one? Many readers will be able to identify with the self-esteem struggles in this book. -- recommended by Sam N. - Gere Branch Library
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