Add me to what is sure to be a very long list of Diana Spechler fans. SKINNY will be my go-to recommendation all year for anyone who wants smart, endearing, beautifully written women’s fiction.
- Allison Winn Scotch, New York Times bestselling author of The One That I Want and Time of My Life
Diana Spechler writes like a dream. In Skinny, she masterfully explores the relationship between food and pain, between love and heartbreak. And what Spechler most magically captures is the elusive feeling of longing. And how, on its other side, we sometimes find what we needed all along.
- Laura Dave, author of The Divorce Party and London Is The Best City in America
Spechler's meditation on the nature of hunger is both touching and surprising, as Skinny boldly explores the connection between our emotional and physical appetites. Her characters and their stories stayed with me long after I put her book down.
- Janelle Brown, bestselling author of All We Ever Wanted Was Everything
...a fascinating look at the intersection between food and love and loss...as smart as it is heartbreaking.
- Julie Buxbaum, author of After You and The Opposite of Love
Affectingly narrated...Spechler's latest succeeds in lovingly detailing the agony of self-loathing.
- Publisher's Weekly
...a great read to toss in your beach bag...Skinny illuminates a young woman's struggle to make peace with her appearance with both humor and poise.
...amazing...a riveting book.
Looking for a fun new read? Pick up Diana Spechler's new page-turner, Skinny, for a smart, thought-provoking and hilarious exploration of body image, weight loss and the lengths we go in search of a perfect body. Spechler does a masterful job at character development.
With humor, sensitivity and an awareness that food is of course more than simply food, Spechler explores the connection between hunger and longing and love.
- The Jewish Week (full review)
...well-chosen, visceral details...
...it's rare to read well-written fiction about matters of weight...Skinny is interesting because it speaks well to how inescapable our bodies really are.
Skinny might be the best example of taking an old Jewish cliche, and turning it into literary gold.
...disturbingly honest, startlingly funny....The writing...is pared down, svelte, and sparkling.
- Jewish Book World
I loved Diana Spechler's sophomore novel Skinny...I finished it in two days and was...fascinated by Gray's character.
Skinny is absolutely delicious, smart, and funny.
- New York Journal of Books (full review)
This is the most important book I've read in years.
- Squat Like a Lady (full review)
Spechler’s descriptive writing is haunting.
- Great Thoughts (full review)
I finished it in under three hours....I dug Skinny. I like how non-ideological Diana’s work is. She wasn’t bewailing capitalism and advertising and the patriarchal male gaze.
- LukeFord.net (full review)
There aren't that many contemporary women's lit books out there that surprise me...Skinny broke out of the expected mold...a strong and realistic portrayal of a young woman's journey.
- Reading Thru The Night (full review)
I could not put it down. Spechler’s commentary on how women and teen girls think about their bodies was poignant and piercingly true.
- The Great Fitness Experiment (full review)
I loved this book for so many reasons. One of my favorite things about it was that Spechler finds a way to tackle these heavy subjects with a lightness and a sense of humor.
- Live The Fit Life (full review)
Skinny is a brilliant and fascinating read from start to finish.
- Dog-Eared Reads (full review)
...fantastic...This is one of those times where I say: Just read it!
- Book Addiction (full review)
Compelling and often shocking in its honesty, Skinny is one of those books that has the power to change how people think...
- The Book Chick (full review)
Spechler has once again proven her ability to create complex and highly believable characters immersed in extraordinary situations.
- 5 Minutes For Books (full review)
...excellently written. I could not bring myself to put it down and finished it in about 2 days...
- Hey Joob (full review)
For sure this book rates 5 stars for me. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has faced food challenges or emotional eating.
- Lisa's World of Books (full review)
Gray is the main reason I love this book....Skinny is one of those great novels.
- Romance Books Forum (full review)
On top of being well written, Skinny is quirky, irreverent, and incredibly honest...Skinny is a wonderful novel for anyone, but I can't recommend it enough for book clubs.
- The Literate Housewife
We’re giddy with excitement. Our cheeks are flushed with joy. Our hearts are beating faster. Because we’ve fallen in love....Diana Spechler is our latest crush.
- Chick Lit Is Not Dead
Gray Lachmann is a fabulously flawed main character whose story jumps off the page...
- A Worn Path (full review)
Skinny...surprised me with its quirky humor and raw, but sympathetic exploration of obesity. The characters come on strong, yanking the story in all kinds of crazy directions by the sheer force of their personalities.
- Blogging 'Bout Books (full review)
...refreshing – that an author...recognizes that this isn’t just a “kid thing”, it’s something that affects women of all ages...Skinny fulfilled my requirements for intrigue and personal struggle, and is definitely a book I would recommend.
- Reading Through Life (full review)
This book not only evoked real emotion, but is entertaining at the same time.
- Queen of Reading (full review)
The emotional portrayal in the novel is spot on.
- BookNAround (full review)
A powerful and incredibly moving love story that I’ll be thinking about for some time to come.
- Chick Lit Reviews (full review)
Skinny is a fantastic novel for any woman. Whether you have struggled with weight issues or not, Gray is an easily identifiable character. Her struggles are our struggles.
- Girls With Books (full review)
Spechler possesses the rare ability to delve into the most painful aspects of her main character's life.
- Colloquium (full review)
I 100% recommend this book to anyone who has either struggled with body image issues or...is looking for a powerful and thrilling read.
- Moves 'N Munchies (full review)
...unable to put this book down...a wonderful book for women...who struggle with body image, weight issues, and disordered eating habits.
- Hannah Banana (full review)
...engaging, hilarious, honest...It’s a great read that, among many other things, poignantly chronicles the reality of compulsive eating in all its forms.
- Beautiful Struggle (full review)
It is refreshing that a fiction writer of Spechler's caliber addresses our problematic relationship with food. Her prose is in an accessible register of the language, reflecting the thinking patterns of the narrator and those around her, occasionally seasoned with sharp wit.
- Mimetic Declination (full review)
Skinny is Diana Spechler's second novel...and let's end the suspense: there is no sophomore slump here.
- Bleeding Espresso (full review)
Women everywhere will be able to identify with the humor and honesty of Skinny.
- Chicklit-Books.com (full review)
I just can’t say enough great things about SKINNY. It’s a wonderful book club read! The characters are unique and well-developed, the plot clips along with just the right amount of tension...
- The Cracked Slipper (full review)
Spechler’s prose is often surprising and fun, with literary flavors and savory bits....Her characters are fleshy and fully rounded....Skinny was a delicious read.
- Cynthia Robertson (full review)
The best thing about this book was how it puts you into Gray’s reality, more than most of the books I’ve read in the last few months. You feel her pain, her urgency, her elation, and her need to be authentic.
- The Readers Cafe (full review)
Although Skinny is a novel and isn't meant to be an éxposé on the weight-loss industry or a guide to resolving one's issues with food, many readers will relate to Gray and her struggle to find peace with herself, her body, and her parents.
- Beth Fish Reads (full review)