Book Review: Skin and Bones by Sherry Shahan

18378832Skin and Bones by Sherry Shahan

Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: March 1, 2014

Pages: 259 (Hardcover)

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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.

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Albert Whitman & Company for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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Eating Disorders are something that I know a lot about because they have impacted my life in such a harsh way. So I expected to be able to relate to Jack’s story yet I couldn’t at all. It all felt very flimsy and rushed, nothing is properly explained and the characters are so choppy with the ever-present insta-love. Nonetheless, I liked the ending solely because it’s not necessarily a typical one.

Skin and Bones biggest problem has to be how unrealistic it is. The ICU unit in this is really relaxed and don’t seem to care about anything until Jack’s first weigh in. He exercises and no one’s there to watch him like a hawk his first few days there. This is actually mandatory pretty much everywhere no matter what is wrong with a person, there should always be a nurse watching especially on the first few days to get them to stop their horrible habits.Like I mentioned before, the characters are a bit flimsy and barely have a back story except for their parents. Jack doesn’t seem like an actual boy either. He’s like a girl trying to be a boy because of how emotional and stuff he gets. It’s very hard for a female writing to create a realistic male voice and Shahan didn’t capture it at all. Another thing that I didn’t like is the romance between Alice and Jack because it’s too forced and odd especially at first. It never really progresses and just suddenly ends just as the foundation was sloppily being built.

The story is fairly short and the chapters are short so it’s an easy read. The ending isn’t typical and I wasn’t expecting that which is why I’m bumping this book up to two stars.

Although Skin and Bones isn’t an original story and it felt more like a pamphlet rather than a story that could happen to anyone, it’s an easy enough read that some people, who might have to try pretty hard will enjoy. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys these kinds of novels but beware, it isn’t something new.

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Favourite Book Quotes of the Week#52

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A list of my favourite quotes from books I’ve read in the past week. Leave a comment/link telling me what your favourite quotes are! I’ll be sure to check your post out too!

The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle

18048731Favourite quotes:

1. There are things you cannot share with friends. Even best ones. Some secrets that are kinder just to keep.

2.That’s real life. Things don’t always work out the way you think they will. They’re not so neat and tidy. But people come into your life with a purpose–I see that now. Claire likes to say that people cross your paths for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. Astor was a reason. Hayley, though? Hayley is a lifetime.

3. “You needed the secret kept for you more than I needed the truth to come out.”

4. I understand, now, that your own identity, your past, has nothing to do with the way others see you. Being a hero isn’t about someone else’s definition. Not Abigail’s and not Constance’s. Not the Post’s. Not even Claire’s. Being a hero is about one thing: the way you see yourself.

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

18053148Favourite quotes:

1. Sometimes love is so intense that it turns into this gray area that borders on hate. That’s what happens when the people you love have that type of power of you.

2. I’d heard people say that being pregnant during the summer was miserable, but that shit had nothing on cancer.

Cold Calls by  Charles Benoit 

cold callsFavourite quote: Say something cheesy now and that was it, you were the class suck-up, say something clever and you were the smart-ass, say something stupid and you were forever stupid.

The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi

17586458Favourite quotes:

1. The truth was, I had never felt sad about being gay. It was just another part of who I was, no different from my size seven feet or 20/20 vision. The part I hated was the hiding; the pretending to be someone I wasn’t; the steady, tormenting harassment that came in the form of Bible scripture and church sermons, the constant fear that if people found out, they would hate me, ridicule me, possibly even hurt me. That stuff sucked.

2. If New Horizons is, like Kaylee said, the tool God gave me to create a better life, I’m pretty sure I’m using it wrong.

3. See, that’s the problem with getting hit by lightning. You get burned.

Skin and Bones by  Sherry Shahan

18378832Favourite quote: “It’s hard to watch our kids make mistakes and not want to fix them,” Dr. Chu said

Plus One by Elizabeth Fama

17934493Favourite quotes:

1. The thing is, when you’re with someone like Poppu– Someone who sees straight through your battered façade and loves every bit of you, someone who makes you laugh until you pee your pants, someone who grabs you in a hug exactly when you need it– you don’t crave any kind of approval from strangers. You don’t need to ‘matter’ in the world, because you already matter to the only person who counts.

2. Wishes were stupid and pointless. They were self-inflicted injuries–open wounds that you had to tend for the rest of your life just to contain them, to keep them from festering and consuming you.