Sunday, 8 September 2013

Skin Deep by Laura Jarratt

Skin Deep UK coverUgly people don't have feelings. They're not like everyone else. They don't notice if you stare at them and turn away. And if they did notice, it wouldn't hurt them. They're not like real people.
Or that's what I used to think.
When I was younger.
Before I learned.

Jenna was just a normal 14-year-old teenager - having fun and hanging out with friends, until the car crash. Now her face is scarred, consequently making her feel ugly and hard to face to face the world outside. Because of this she is quite paranoid, believing that everyone is gossiping about her behind her back. 

Ryan is a traveller, living with his bi-polar mother on a boat. He is also greeted with lots of stares wherever he goes but (although he wishes to live "normally") he deals with the attention much better than Jenna, and seems quite self-confident and cocky.

When Jenna and Ryan meet, they grow very close. But then someone remembers the car crash, and what it did to the people inside the car. Someone wants revenge...

Skin Deep is a wonderful and thought-provoking book, making people think about the way they treat others. It is told from Jenna and Ryan's points of view, alternating every chapter. I really like this style of writing; it makes the book more interesting and means that you feel and understand the character's emotions.

Laura Jarratt is a fabulous writer - everyone and everything in her stories seemed believable, and the plot was gripping and unpredictable.

My favourite character in the book was Ryan because he was really sweet and thoughtful, although his temper sometimes got the better of him. On the other hand, I wasn't particularly fond of Jenna as she was constantly worrying about things and seemed a bit too girly and reliant on Ryan to make her happy.

Another thing I liked about this book was that usually, people fall in love because the other person is good looking, but this is not the case in Skin Deep.

Overall, this is a really good book which I recommend to people aged 11-16.
Happy Reading! 

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