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Under My Skin Paperback – November 7, 2014
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A. E. Dooland was born in 1981 in Adelaide, Australia. She moved to Melbourne as a preteen and despite having spent some time living abroad, she keeps finding herself back in Australia. She has a series of unrelated qualifications and a diverse resume that includes acting, teaching, debt collecting, bookkeeping and accounting. You can now find her working with charities, supporting and advocating for families in financial crisis as a financial counsellor. Her aspirations include changing the world, winning the lottery, and getting out more.
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All the characters are very animated and it wasn't hard to put of picture of each person in my head clearly. It kept me invested the whole time. The story was always moving and had something interesting going on. I was crying a few different parts and even had parts where a quip would make me literally laugh out loud! I appreciate how everything was handled in this book and loved how everything wrapped up. I can't wait to start the sequel as soon as possible!
This book had some seriously intensely dark moments and a lot of sequences of Min feeling anxious, but on the whole I felt like it had an upbeat, hopeful tone (though I don't experience transphobia or a toxic workplace so I may have been less affected by those aspects of the story).
It's really long! I read it serialized, so I don't really know if that would be a big negative when you're reading it as a book. I don't think it would be that much of an issue... the prose flows very smoothly. I reread my favorite parts a lot.
If I borrow a book from the library or read a story online, I typically never buy the book after having done so, but this was an exception. Yes, it's THAT good.
And another thing, I rarely write reviews, but for this, I had to!
So what am I trying to say? Stop reading my review and go buy the book. ^_^
The mysteries about individual characters added to their personalities and the plot, and I loved how things kept progressing as more was uncovered.
At times the book seemed a bit melodramatic or unrealistic, but it definitely tied in with the characters well.
Min was a fantastic narrator, and while I don't much care for first person stories, I fell in love with Mom as they narrated the story.
I also loved Min's relatable-ness. Their insecurity and uncomfortable questioning of gender really gave the story a realistic feel and I could relate immensely.
All in all, this book was great and I'm glad I read :-)
Min is relatable and beautifully flawed, with laugh-out-loud charm when she relaxes. Bree is unexpectedly endearing despite the things she does, and you can't help feeling protective of her. Henry, Min's boyfriend, is /lovely/, hammering home the point that sometimes, no matter how perfect someone is or how hard you try, you just can't love them the way they love you. The entire cast is realistic, complicated and fascinating to watch together.
"Under My Skin" had me worrying about the characters, thinking about them, laughing, cheering, and heart-aching over them even when I wasn't reading. These characters feel real, and the things they're going through resonate with current social issues. There is so much heart in this story, so much pain and love, growth, and ultimately, triumph. Dooland pays attention to the big things and the details. Regardless of who you are or where you come from, do yourself a favour and read this book. The writing is superb and the story and characters will stay with you long after you've finished. It deserves a solid five stars.
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Reads like fanfiction, it's super long but I whipped through it.Read more