Skin

Skin

Skin

You don’t have to be thin to feel small. Donnie’s life is unraveling. His parents’ marriage is falling apart, and his sister is slowly slipping away in the grip of her illness. To top it all off, he accidentally starts a rumor at school that hurts someone he cares about and leaves him an outcast. So Donnie does the only thing he knows how to do: He tries to fix things, to make everything the way it was before. Before his parents stopped loving each other, before his sister disappeared, befor

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  1. ZeeSays "zeesays.blogspot.com" Reply May 3, 2013 at 9:32 am
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Skin-A Fantastic First Novel!, May 15, 2006
    A Kid’s Review
    This review is from: Skin (Hardcover)

    Adrianne Vrettos newest and first novel, Skin, is based on a boy’s perspective in his life. The main character, fourteen year-old Donnie, tells us his experiences in life and what are the causes and effects of them. As he struggles to save his sister, sixteen year-old Karen, from dying of a serious case of anorexia, he is becoming more isolated from the world. He is so isolated that he has no friends whatsoever. With Donnie’s parents arguing, his sister dying, and him becoming more isolated, what can get any worse?

    Despite the fact that this is Ms. Vrettos’ first novel, her writing is very fluent. Her writing grabs you, not only as a reader, but also because she puts you in the book as a character. It’s as if you’re in the book and you don’t want to get out until it ends. In my opinion, this she has a great writing style. This is the type of book that I would rate 5 stars.

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  2. Rebecca M. Oterosandoval Reply May 3, 2013 at 10:07 am
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Unusual book about a brother dealing with his sister’s anorexia, October 11, 2007
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    This review is from: Skin (Hardcover)

    Donnie feels himself disappearing as his sister starves herself to death. Donnie and big sister, Karen, are both sick, literally, of their parents fighting. We find out mid-way through the book that Donnie is on some kind of medication, and Karen doesn’t like to eat . . . ever. But this books is not really about anorexia. It’s part of the story, but there is not the usual focus that an anorexia book would have with lots of details about how a person with an eating disorder would think, act, and feel, like there is in say The Best Little Girl in the World by Levenkron.

    Instead, this is told through Donnie’s eyes, and we see snippets of Donnie’s life. The story is not told in a continuous way. There are often large gaps between chapters. This allows the reader to get a wide lens view of what happens to this family. This story is really about a little boy with no one that sees him. His parents fight with each other and pick on Karen about her eating. Donnie gets a scrap of attention when he is running a fever. But most of the time, he feels invisible. He turns it into a game where he tries to make sure no one speaks to him at school. Everyone complies, except for a new set of twins from his school who insist on saying hi to him at least once a day.

    As Karen’s body disappears and becomes just skin, Donnie feels himself disappearing into her disease.

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  3. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    SKIN, May 24, 2007
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    This review is from: Skin (Hardcover)

    SKIN

    Skin is a dark story about a fourteen year old boy named Donnie. Donnie’s life is falling apart. His parents fight everyday, the girl he likes hates him, he doesn’t have any friends, and his sister won’t eat. All Donnie wants to do, is to be noticed, he wants his parents to pay attention to him for once, instead of his anorexic sister Karen. Karen always has the spotlight because, she has no fears whatsoever. Karen isn’t afraid of cussing in front of her parents or at her parents, or running away or getting in trouble. Donnie wants to help his sister eat. He sneaks protein powder into her water when she’s not looking. Karen still doesn’t get any healthier or wider. Donnie is now the outcast at school. He goes through classes and the hallways, like an invisible man. Donnie doesn’t notice anybody, and nobody notices him. Donnie just wants a good life. He wants his parents to stay together, and he wants Amanda to be his girlfriend, he wants friends that won’t ditch him in the cafeteria. He wants his sister to be healthy. Amanda doesn’t like Donnie, because he started a nasty rumor about her and himself. It made Amanda so embarrassed that she never wanted to talk to Donnie again. Even though she did talk to him soon enough. In the end, Karen isn’t what you would exactly call healthy. But, Donnie did make new friends. He forgot all about his family issues and focused on what really mattered. His future. “Skin,” can actually teach you a lesson on life. Be thankful for what you have and what wonderful things have happened to you. Don’t think about the negative. Donnie thought about the negative, and every time, he felt worse and worse. Donnie’s life was a mess. But once he started thinking of the positive, he could think clearly and fix his problems.

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  4. E. Scott Rudicil Reply May 3, 2013 at 11:35 am
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    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Fits iPhone 4 but not 4S, November 2, 2011
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    If you want a nice sleek case for the iPhone 4, this is actually a pretty decent deal as the case is elegant, sturdy, and protects the phone pretty well. However, the case does not fit the iPhone 4S. And since it’s advertised to do just that, I ordered it for my 4S and was very disappointed to find that the case blocks the silence button from being utilized. Since the iPhone 4S has slightly different placement of its buttons, the holes on the case that were sufficient for the iPhone 4 model are no longer appropriately placed for the 4S. I gave the case to my sister who has the older model, so it wasn’t a complete waste (like I said, it’s a nice case). But the sellers are falsely advertising when they say it works for the 4S. It doesn’t, and if that’s the model you own, don’t waste your money.

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  5. 132 of 140 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Does not really fit the 4S, November 8, 2011
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    Eric Fleck (Santa Cruz) –

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    The case is fine but since the 4S has the locations of the side buttons a little different than the 4, the slide switch for the mute button is partially concealed by the cover opening. Its not the end of the world but it should be noted that its not perfect for the 4S.

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  6. 157 of 172 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    INCORRECT, November 28, 2011
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    The description indicates that this is an aluminum case. However, it is PLASTIC to look aluminum. Upon receipt of the package, I should not have been surprised, it came from oversea’s and one looke at it, it was very apparent it was plastic and truly not worth even $6.99.

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