Under My Skin: 3.5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book for free by YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

“I’m tired of waiting for my heart to stop”

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Bookish Brit Adam Gibson is one wonky heartbeat away from a fatal arrhythmia. But staying alive requires Adam to become keenly focused on both his pulse and the many different daily medications he must take in exactly the right dosages. Adam’s torn between wanting to live and knowing that someone else must die in order for him to do so. He needs a new heart.

The pressure is getting to him. Adam stops talking to his friends back home, refuses to meet kids at his new school, and shuts his parents out entirely. His days are spent wondering if can cope with having a dead man’s heart beating inside his chest, or if he should surrender to the thoughts of suicide swirling around in his head. And then a donor is found…

Outspoken artist Darby Fox rarely lets anything stand in her way of achieving her goals . Whether it’s painting, ignoring her homework (dyslexia makes a mess out of words anyway), kissing a hot boy she doesn’t even know, or taking the head cheerleader down a peg , no one has ever accused Darby of being a shy. She also happens to be the twin sister to a perfect brother with good looks, good grades, manners, and the approval of their parents – something Darby has never had.

Darby’s always had bad timing . She picks the worst time to argue with her brother Daniel. In a car with bald tires, on an icy road in the freezing cold, the unthinkable happens. In a split-second, everything changes forever.

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I don’t want to give too much away so I’m going to keep this very short.

I was really intrigued by the synopsis (which is crazy long) so I of course jumped at the chance to request a copy of this book. Special thanks to YA Bound Book Tours for sending me a review copy.

This book is beautifully crafted and Laura Diamond takes you on an emotionally psychological roller coaster ride. There are a lot of themes running through this book and the author has created a scenario in which they can all run free with equal measure. However in saying that, I did think that at times there was a little too much going on and it pushed me out of my reading bubble for a few pages.

I really liked Darby and Adam and found their relationship to be incredibly refreshing. Their chemistry is undeniable and you can’t help but be pulled into their journey together. It is obvious from the outset that these two understand each other on a level that their families do not.

As with all good books, there is some heartbreak and some family tensions that give this story the kind of depth that makes contemporary novels captivating.

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Laura Diamond is a board certified psychiatrist currently specializing in emergency psychiatry. She is also an author of all things young adult—both contemporary and paranormal. An avid fan of sci-fi, fantasy, and anything magical, she thrives on quirk, her lucid dreams, and coffee. When she’s not working or writing, she can be found sniffing books and drinking a latte at the bookstore or at home pondering renovations on her 225 year old fixer upper, all while obeying her feline overlords, of course.

 

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