I was a bit worried about this book, even while I was looking forward to reading it. It wasn’t really clear how the relationship between men and women (and the “rules” relating to Islam and women, or more accurately, Saudi society and women) would be portrayed. It could have gone either way, yanno?
I wasn’t expecting the awesome-ness that was this book.
I loved this book. It had so much information, and so much care was taken in making that information accessible to the reader in ways that they could understand, that it was actually kind of a pleasure to read. Even though it was about deep social issues and basically indicted our society for failing boys as a whole gender.
I’ve read quite a few books that touch on eating disorders over the past year, and so when the chance to read this one came up, I jumped at it. It seemed to have a twist – the whole weight-loss camp thing. The idea of weight-loss camp both intrigues and disgusts me – I guess it’s sort of like “ex-gay” camp for me that way. I both want to know what on earth goes on there, and want to shake people back into their senses and stop sending small children there. So I just had to try reading Skinny.
A year or two ago, I spotted a copy of this book in the bargain section of a local Chapters, and immediately snatched it up. I don’t know why it was marked down to bargain pricing, but my only regret is that I didn’t get around to reading it sooner.