on 14 June 2002
This book tells the story of the Hollyoaks character Lisa Hunter, and looks at her problem of self harm. Being a self harmer myself I was looking forward to reading this book. I had hoped that would allow fans of Hollyoaks to find out more about the character of Lisa, and discover things about her which have not been shown on the show. I was a little disappointed to see that the book was only really the script from Hollyoaks written in story form. I had hoped that readers would find out more about her past, and times she had cut herself we had not seen on tv. If you missed any of the episodes relating to this storyline then this is the book for you, as it will fill in the blanks. I found the ending disappointing too, as it seemed to have too much of an 'and they lived happily ever after' feel to it. One good thing is that right at the begining of the book there is a page explaining how self harm is not an attention seeking condition followed by a list of helplines.
on 7 July 2005
this book is a must read for a hollyoaks fan. this book takes an in depth look at how Luke feels after his rape ordeal. Benyon shows this brilliantly. The book helps us understand what goes on in his mind. when he is trying to come to terms with his ordeal its really very heart breaking, since he keeps blaming himself for what Mark had done to him. And as he falls deeper and deeper into his pain his family and friends seem to be slipping away from him and they won't listen when he tries to confide them especially Mandy and his mum while she tries to sort out Zara. As he suffers in silence and wonders if he should tell someone, the reader or atleast when i read it i felt an urge to hug him and look after him cause thats what he needs. A the end luke seemd to come out stronger rather than weaker. and its clear that he will be a character hard to forget. BRILLIANTLY written handling the issue with alot of much needed sensitvity and simply would not have been the same if it hadn't been handled in this way. anyone who has never liked hollyoaks should give it a read and you might be surprised at how much you like it. TERRIFC!
on 8 August 2002
This book is a brilliant way to re-cap the self-harm storyline on Hollyoakes. My only slight problem was that some things were changed from what happened on TV, so it was left me wondering if I'd missed a really important episode! It explains why Lisa felt the only way she could release her pain was by bleeding it out and told from her perspective, it allows non-cutters a way in to the brain of self-harmers. Should be read by anyone who self-harms, their friends and family, and anyone interested in this storyline. After all, the TV can't show what Lisa is thinking.