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Author: Donna Cooner
Publisher: Point, an imprint of Scholastic Inc (October 1, 2012)
Setting: The story is set mostly in the main character ‘s (Ever) school and home.
Main Characters: Ever/Skinny, Rat, Jackson, Briella
Summary: The story revolves around 15-year-old Ever, who weighs over 300 pounds and struggles to come to terms with her body image because of the devil’s voice in her head (Skinny) who constantly whispers negative words to her. The pressure of every other girl looking lean and fit in school further crushes her self-esteem and she eventually opts for a gastric bypass surgery to help her lose weight. After the surgery, she learns to adapt to her “new” body and follows a strict diet and exercise regime as part of the surgery’s follow-up plan. Yet, even after the surgery, Skinny never went away. She would still whisper ear-piercing thoughts into Ever’s ears. However, as time passed, Ever gained more confidence of her body image and eventually got rid off Skinny.
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Author: Randa Abdel-Fattah
Publisher: Marion Llyod Books (October 1, 2006)
Setting: The story is set in a town in Sydney, where the main character, Jamilah, lives and attends a public school.
Main Characters: Jamilah, Hakim (Jamilah’s father), Bilal (Jamilah’s brother), Shereen (Jamilah’s sister), Timothy/John, Amy and Peter
Summary: The story revolves around a teenage girl, Jamilah, who leads two different lives. At school, she is known as Jamie from an Anglo-Aussie background, but at home, she’s Jamilah, a Lebanese-Muslim. She dyes her hair blonde and wears blue contacts to school to blend in with the Australian community as she’s afraid to embrace her true identity in school, where racism is prevalent. She keeps a low profile to avoid being exposed, but she truly admires her friend’s (Timothy) courage to be different from everyone else. Timothy is often ridiculed by Peter, the coolest kid in school, but doesn’t give two hoots about Peter. Jamilah has always wanted to have a real friendship with someone at school, but because she’s afraid of being exposed, she doesn’t let her guard down even with Amy, the closest friend she has. The only place that Jamilah seeks solace in and is able to truly embrace her ethnicity and religion, which she is proud of, is at madrasa, an Arabic school. There, she’s not afraid to be herself, and she’s also part of a band that is later invited to perform in the school she attends.