Originally published in 2008
You can never be too thin...can you?
Melissa seems to have it all – grades, friends, dance team and the eye of the new guy in school. The one thing Melissa doesn't have is a perfect body. But there are ways to fix that. Strict dieting and throwing up can't be all bad, can they? Melissa soon finds the consequences are devastating, but turning back isn't so easy. Will she hear God's voice before it's too late?
Originally published in 2010Who do you blame when your world comes crashing down?Watching her parents go through a divorce is devastating for Emma and has turned her life into a tailspin. She's angry at everyone around her – her siblings she always has to baby-sit, her parents for ruining her life, and herself for not measuring up…
The 'need' to be thin continues to plague American girls, and Laura Smith tackles this tough topic in her debut teen novel with thoughtfulness and style. Girls are going to relate to Melissa and her struggle to 'look good.' – Melody Carlson - author of the TrueColors and Diary of a Teenage Girl series
A real story for real girls. If you've ever felt overwhelmed by schoolwork, relationships, your friends, or activities, you need to read this book. – Heather Gemmen Wilson - Best Selling Author
Melissa is a vibrant teen who teaches readers signs of an eating disorder and the value of spirituality in working through the treatment. Skinny is powerful because it heightens the awareness of eating disorders – the key to early diagnosis and treatment, which translates to improved adolescent wellness. Thank you, Ms. Smith, for empowering young women! – Dr. Michelle Naegele
Adolescent readers will appreciate this true-to-life account of the ambivalence, pain, and emotional struggle of living with an eating disorder. The seemingly 'normal' drive to achieve, win the favor of a young man, and please one's parents is captured in a readable text that does not underplay the real consequences and health risks that accompany eating disorders. The importance of spiritual connection, not always portrayed in similar stories, is an added bonus. – Julie Campbell-Ruggaard - PhD, LPCC, RN