Under My Skinby James Dawson, Juno Dawson Published 05 Mar 2015
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Meet Molly Sue. Once she's under your skin there's no getting rid of her...
Seventeen-year-old Sally Feather is not exactly a rebel. Her super-conservative parents and her treatment at the hands of high school bullies means that Sally's about as shy and retiring as they come - but all that's about to change. Accidentally ending up in the seedier side of town one day, Sally finds herself mysteriously lured to an almost-hidden tattoo parlour - and once inside, Sally is quickly seduced by its charming owner, Rosita, and her talk of how having a secret tattoo can be as empowering as it is thrilling. Almost before she knows what she is doing, Sally selects sexy pin-up Molly Sue, and has her tattooed on her back - hoping that Molly Sue will inspire her to be as confident and popular as she is in her dreams.
But things quickly take a nightmareish turn. Almost immediately, Sally begins to hear voices in her head - or rather, one voice in particular: Molly Sue's. And she has no interest in staying quiet and being a good girl - in fact, she's mighty delighted to have a body to take charge of again. Sally slowly realises that she is unable to control Molly Sue... and before long she's going to find out the hard way what it truly means to have somebody 'under your skin'.
"Under My Skin" Reviews
I was lucky enough to get an early copy of this book from work in exchange for an honest review and I am so glad that I’ve read more of James Dawson’s work!
If you’ve read any of James’ other books, this is like the fear level of Hollow Pike with the mystery of Say Her Name and I really enjoyed it.
If you haven’t read any of this author’s books before, I do think that this would be a great place to start. The writing style is more developed than his earlier work and the way he crafts characters within his novels is exquisite. Despite the fantastical events that take place, the characters remain realistic throughout. The themes discussed within this book concerning good and evil, romance, problematic relationships, confidence and parents, are tackled in a way that is not patronising in any way. I would have liked a little more back story concerning Molly Sue but the rest of the book made up for this.
Overall this was a fast-paced read for any ages with the perfect balance of mystery, humour and darkness to keep you gripped to the very last page.
I wasn't the biggest fan of tattoos before I read this book, but now I think I am put off of them for life. Sally, a quiet and shy girl, has a rebellious moment when she gets a tattoo on a whim. Sadly the tattoo isn't all it seems, which becomes clear to Sally when her tattoo - Molly Sue - starts talking to her. She gives Sally a new found confidence, which Sally appreciates. But soon it becomes clear that Molly Sue isn't happy taking a backseat, she wants to be in control.
The only problem with the book, and something that stopped me enjoying it as much as I'd liked, was the fact that it felt far too American for a book set in the Britain, and written by a British author. The characters use words that no one here would actually use - like jock for example. It just felt weird when I was reading it and kept taking me out of the story.
I love the creepy feel to the book though and it definitely makes me eager to read more by the author. I am most excited for his next read, All of the Above, as it's a contemporary read that sounds amazing!
When I first heard about Under My Skin I knew it was a book I had to read. The whole idea of a tattoo being able to manipulate you and talk to you sounded both creepy but cool. Under My Skin is the first book I have actually read (finished) by James Dawson, even though I do have two more on my shelves waiting to be read.
Before I get to the main part of my review I want to point out how much I LOVE the cover. Not only the little tattoo images in the background, but also the big tattoo of Molly Sue, giving us a clear picture of what she looks like. Another nice touch is each chapter has a different tattoo about the chapter number, which I thought was a nice way to keep the theme running through the book itself.
The protagonist Sally is not the most popular person, she has a small group of friends who have a lot in common with her, but she also lacks in self confidence. Living with strict parents doesn't help her come out of her shell at all. She just wants to be visible, and not some invisible person in school. One way her mother has of solving this issues is making Sally audition for the school play, and while she lacks in confidence, her singing voice is spectacular. Wanting to better herself, Sally ends up getting a tattoo, but soon realises that she has literally got more than she bargained for when her tattoo, Molly Sue, talks to her and soon takes over control of her body. When I got to this part it may have freaked me out a bit. I have tattoos myself, but Under My Skin would definitely make me think twice about getting another ;)
Under My Skin was an interesting, occasionally creepy book to read. It deals with a lot of issues, that combined make a great read. We have the insecure protagonist, some bullying, romantic interests, man handling (to put it nicely), and peer pressure. For me Sally was easy to relate to. I see myself in her, I was the awkward, shy person in school that never really mixed with others, or volunteered for anything that made me centre of attention so my heart broke for what she was going through. However the changes that she makes throughout the pages, not matter the means, were good for her. They gave her confidence to be herself, and to really try for the school play.
Now back to Molly Sue. Molly Sue was someone who I both liked and disliked. She does have a hand in Sally's transformation, and although Sally did have most of the items needed, she just needed the little push to get things done. I also do like how Molly Sue stood up for Sally, and for Jennie when they were in situations where they where being treated wrong by a boy. However, I don't like how controlling she became, and what she makes Sally do, and attempts to make her do.
James has done a great job of making Under My Skin both creepy, but also relatable. I have a love/hate relationship with the characters and the final pages had me wondering what was going to happen. I really enjoyed this book.
Under My Skin was a great read, and has definitely given me the push I needed to pick up the author's books from my shelves and read them.
While this is a beautiful book on the outside, it was sadly a let down.
This was my first James Dawson book and it didn't pack nearly as much punch as the cover, or his reputation, suggested.
I didn't connect well with any of the characters, the storyline wasn't very thrilling and pretty corny at times. There were points where I wanted the "baddie" to win because everyone else was so very boring.
That being said, there are some keen observations of the horror of secondary school (which has been Americanised to High School)and the nature of relationships between people. But these weren't as often as I would have liked.
Maybe it just wasn't meant for me. It is aimed at teenagers, maybe I am just too old and jaded for this kind of story.
It hasn't put me off reading his books, I just don't believe the hype.
Overall, not great.
At the heart of Under My Skin is a story about stepping out from the shadows and becoming the person you always wanted to be. Unfortunately for Sally, it takes a nefarious living tattoo to push her into things. Her mum has always been on at her to join in, now she is.
I think there’s also some sort of message in there about being sure about getting a tattoo because it’s not something that’s easily undone. Although hopefully your tattoo won’t starting talking to you…
Of course, with any horror story, things start to go wrong. Getting what you want in life sometimes means stepping on other people; something Sally isn’t good at but where Molly-Sue excels. At times I thought that Molly-Sue was a positive presence; she certainly has the right attitude to men who push their luck. I’m not sure that side of her fit with the ultimate revelation.
It was an easy and fun read but was lacking in any real tension. And my main problem is that is just wasn’t scary. The idea of someone knowing your every thought and having the potential to take control is plain terrifying, but the story surrounding this idea always felt safe.
Sally, Jennie and Stan are fans of Satanville, a US show that sounds a bit like Supernatural and Buffy. I really struggle with these fictional Fandoms, I felt the same about Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl. Is there really that much of a copyright problem that characters can’t be fans of real shows? Making their fandom fictional means that it requires an exposition every time the character wants to refer to it.
In addition, the book felt like it could be an extended episode of Buffy, but without the vampires. The high school clichés are all there, and somewhat American in feel. Sally even mentions that she wished she lived in an American TV show, but it seems she’s already there. I can see that the clichés are there on purpose, but this one didn’t hit the right buttons for me.
All in all, not James Dawson’s best book. I would heartily recommend starting with one of his others, which have much more tension and scare factor.
Review copy provided by publisher.
And he does it again. Another James Dawson smasher! I'm seriously impressed with Under My Skin. I have to admit that I so shy away from thrillers and scary stuff even if it's YA. Somehow though James Dawson takes you in slowly, carefully, happily. When in fact it's none of those things it's fast, lucid, dangerous and damn frightening. For me it shows what a tremendous mind, writer and man he is.
The plot to Under My Skin is more like being on a ghost train at the fair. The fastening of your heart, the dry mouth, the excitement from being scared, but also the laughter with your friends about it all.
Character wise Dawson has been very clever because no matter who you are you will be Sally Feather. There is something about her that is in us all and that's what makes the story just that much better.
Molly Sue is amazing. Brilliant in fact. She is the ultimate pin-up girl, the sweet southern belle with a dark and dangerous bite. I loved her. I know that makes me sound dark and twisted like, but you can't pretend that we all don't think like that sometimes?
I was actually also wanting to be Rosita from House Of Skin. She spoke of how tattoos can become your inner strength. That sometimes you need to be rebellious, strong, and brave. She was right. Plus, her outfit and workplace are totally on point. Retro goth with a twist of glamour? Yes, please. I'll say no to the full spider web face mind.
Overall the book signifies two things 1) your inner strength and 2) friendship. It is a book of belonging, life, and drama. A brilliant take on a haunted mind. I have to admit I did have one problem with the book and that was that when I was near the end I thought maybe we would be getting a series and I got so excited. I was wrong. I can't say it was a bad ending though because it was far from it. I won't be deducting any points for it either. It would have been unbelievable though.
Without a doubt one of the most interesting, chilling, addictive books I have read. A must for all. Especially tattoo fanatics.
P.S.. How gorgeous is that book cover? Molly Sue is on fire.