Sunday 6 May 2012

My review of Skin Deep

Skin Deep by Laura Jarratt
Release Date: March 5, 2012

Skin DeepUgly 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. Before I learned...

After the car crash that leaves her best friend dead, Jenna is permanently scarred. She struggles to rebuild her life, but every stare in the street, every time she looks in the mirror, makes her want to retreat further from the world. Until she meets Ryan. Ryan's a traveller. When he and his mother moor their narrow boat on the outskirts of a village, she tells him this time it will be different. He doesn't believe her; he can't imagine why this place shouldn't be as unwelcoming as the rest. Until he meets Jenna. But as Jenna and Ryan grow closer, repercussions from the crash continue to reverberate through the community. And then a body is found...

Skin Deep is a cute YA contemporary that was a joy to read! Mysteries, romance and complicated families.

I'm not quite sure where to begin, Jenna, a fourteen-year-old, was in a car crash not long ago, leaving a scar on her face. She's always kept her head down, kept to herself, kept invisible. She hates it when people stare at her with that sympathetic look in their eyes. Until she meets Ryan. A traveller, a sixteen-year-old, a boy way out of her league. But he's not like any other boy she's met. He's kind, funny and thinks she's beautiful. She slowly comes out of her shell and things start to look up, until the police suspect that Ryan is a killer. The killer of the boy who scared Jenna's face.

One thing I didn't like about the book was the character's ages. Jenna is FOURTEEN and she's allowed to go out at night with guys older than her? Her parents even suggest having The talk with her? Come on! She's fourteen!!! But, looking past that, you have some pretty awesome characters! Ryan was very amusing and can make you laugh in the most toughest of situations.

Jenna is a very sensitive girl. A quality that can make a character look weak, which I thought of Jenna when I first met her. But as the story progressed my thoughts and feelings towards her changed and I was able to see a different side to the girl. I understand that Jenna's face isn't in the best condition and it was interesting to read about a girl who didn't look perfect. Laura Jarratt, I think, is very brave for taking on a topic like this one. 

Overall, Skin Deep is a very touching story that I would recommend to anyone who's looking for a contemporary read that will make you cry, laugh and smile! 



  1. the book sounds great, I should get my own copy soon :D

  2. Great review, this book looks really good. I'm definitely going to check it out.

  3. Hmm, may just have to add this one to the wishlist, it sounds like an interesting read! Great review :)

  4. This one sounds like such a great read, beyond the thriller aspect.

    It seems to touch on a lot of heavy themes, including people's perceptions and prejudices, and real love and self-confidence.

    Great review!

  5. Her age is a little different for a YA contemporary novel, but her dating an older boy makes it all more exciting!. :D Sounds good. :D

  6. This sounds like a good one, but I think it might be a little bit too young of a character for me. I don't know though, I might have to check it out though. Thanks for the review.