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Skinny - Ibi Kaslik

Skinny is told, in alternating chapters, through the first-person, present-tense narration of two sisters, 22-year-old medical student Giselle and her sister, 14-year-old Holly. Giselle is poised to complete her first year in medical school but ends up hospitalized for anorexia. Their parents immigrated from Hungary to Canada in the 1970s, and their father Thomas, a physician, died of a heart attack years before. The girls never had any doubt who was their father's favorite--he always doted on Holly while being cold and withholding with Giselle. For much of the narrative, Giselle attempts to piece together certain mysteries about her parents' past to help reconcile why her father somehow could never seem to love her. At one point, she muses that she and Holly, together, comprise the perfect daughter for Thomas, as Giselle has the academic ability and focus that he valued, while Holly is a physical genius who excels in sports but struggles in school.

The book is a fast read that delivers an emotional punch. Both sisters are sympathetic narrators and their love for one another is evident even when they are at odds with each other.