Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Review: Skin


Donna Jo Napoli
Amazon Children's Publishing
My lips are white. Sixteen-year-old Sep stares into the bathroom mirror. It's not some weird lipstick (she never wears lipstick). Her lips are just white. In a panic, she digs up an old lipstick and smears it on her colorless lips. But soon, more and more white spots begin to bloom, spreading their chalky tendrils across her olive brown skin. Does she have a disease? Is she turning into some kind of freak? Sep is usually the one who knows all the answers. With a quicksilver mind and a supple body, she's happiest when she's delving into the mysteries of animal biology or giving herself over to sweet, hot moves in Jazz Dance Club. Unlike her best friend, Devin, she's never been in a rush to get a boyfriend. But as the white blotches spread, her dating days, like the endangered species she studies seem numbered. So when Joshua, a boy she's always liked, makes a flirty advance, she wonders: why not grab pleasure while she can. Frank, funny, and full of passion, this is the empowering story of a strong gifted teen who, as her life spins out of control, desperately tries to prove to the world and herself that she is deeper than skin.
My Review:  I really enjoyed this book. I Imagined myself being 16 again and having to cope with a disfiguring condition. I don't know if I could have done it as well as Sep. She is such a strong character that you feel for her instantly. I found her at times too mature but you have to grow up fast when there is nothing you can do about the situation your in. I also like how she struggled with real life issues as how will her friends react ( face it in high school we all dealt with these problems.) She struggles with how her boyfriend would react too.
    This book is for the older young adult crowd. I would have liked if my daughter could read it but the sexual content is a little much for her. I will be recommending this book to my friends daughter who is older and a contemporary lover. I am sure she will enjoy it as much as I did.

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