Skinny, at first glance, looks like a “beach read”. The cover shows two young women/teenagers wearing swimsuits. Their arms are linked, and they are at the beach.
The story in this book, however, is not just a “fluffy summer read”. It covers some very deep and serious concepts including body image, eating disorders, and how the guilt a person carries can influence her actions.
The book places the reader directly inside the head of the main character, Gray Lachmann. She is 26 years old, struggling to cope with her father’s death, and stuck in a pattern of compulsive eating. She believes that she has killed her father, and is completely consumed by guilt.