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Skin, Adrienne Maria Vrettos,
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As with most books, it largely depends on the reader to determine whether a book is "good", and as we all know, everyone has different specifications, likes and interpretations of what we read. For me, the book was highly substantial, but it did have it's flaws.
The novel is narrated by a fourteen year old boy called Donnie, written from the perspective of his exact mindset, as though his thoughts are being translated to paper without edit. Despite the fact that this style works perfectly for the theme, a predominate thought in my mind was how premature and young Donnie sounded for a boy of fourteen, which was slightly off-putting when trying to imagine him as a real character. The story has very little character development, however Vrettos still manages to pull off a realistic approach to the main characters, Karen, Amanda and Donnie. I found the story to be a little slow starting at first, but it does evolve into something quite provoking, with a heartfelt and powerful ending. The writing style is very chronological and scripted, something which is perhaps an acquired reading taste; though this does add to the charm of the story and makes the emotional parts more physical and harrowing.
It was an interesting account of anorexia from someone else's perspective, someone who doesn't fully understand and is left in the dark; this really highlights the pure, solid love Donnie has for his sister and his feelings towards his quintessential, common family. A very good casual read but not a book i'll remember forever.