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What did you love best about Skin?
What other book might you compare Skin to and why?
Have you listened to any of Ramona Master’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I haven't, but I definitely will now! She does a truly amazing job!
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Both! This book tugs at heart and soul!
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Full Review -
First off, I listened to the audiobook version of Skin, and the narrator was absolutely perfect! She did a super incredible job! If given the opportunity definitely get the audio version of this book! Okay, now on to the story. My heart hurts! This story is raw and deep, and my poor heart was taking a beating! Knight is totally someone that you shouldn't love because he is violent, destructive, and a total loose cannon, but the way he cares for BB, and the letters he writes her, make my heart melt! He's a sweet psycho, and I don't know how, but I loved him. I suppose if I knew him in really life, I'd probably runaway, but books allow you to see deeper into someone, and feel connected to someone you wouldn't normally. This book deals with a lot of harsh situations, so here's a bit of a warning for future readers, this book is not for everyone. This may be slightly spoilerish, but not too bad. There's underage drug use, violence, and minors having sex that goes beyond the normal kink factor; there's blood and pain play, so be prepared for that type of thing going on. These characters are deeply flawed, and my heart sighed (sorry for all the heart talk ;-))that Knight and BB found each other. Normally, I would hate how this book ended, but since it's based off of actual people, I get that it had to go the way it went, but as I said earlier, my heart hurts! I haven't read BB Easton's 44 chapter about 4 men yet, but when I was half way through this book, I wanted to see Knight's fate, so I cheated and did a search for Knight in 44, and I was so sad about the events that happened in that book! I wasn't sure I could handle continuing on with Skin, but I'm glad I did! I need as much Knight as I can get! So, if you think you can handle a deeply intense relationship that rips out your soul; rearranges it, and slams it back in, then this is for you! Don't let the fact that he's a skinhead dissuade you from reading this book, that point doesn't even scratch the wonderfulness that this story holds. Oh, and Skin is funny and quirky! BB Easton's humor is adorable! I'm definitely going to read the next book in the series Speed! I look forward to seeing to seeing what other craziness BB gets herself into!
Okay so I read "44 Chapters About 4 Men: A Memoir" and being the kind of female who likes her daily dose of badasses, I sorta kinda was terrified/turned on by Knight, so when I found out that BB Easton (badass author eva!) had release another book a couple months later, entitled "SKIN", I knew I had to read it. I will be honest, after I had read the book on my little phone, I was speechless. No really, I was so speechless that I couldn't even write a proper review about what I had just read...how could I? Anyone who has read "SKIN" or even "44 Chapters" and is a person who is easily affected (positive or negative) would probably let the stars speak for them, so that's what I did, I gave "SKIN" five burning bright ass stars....
Fast forward to May 13, I received a FB message congratulating me on winning an audio book for "SKIN" and I was ecstatic! But also anxious. Anxious because it was only that past March that I had finished reading "SKIN" and it pulled my heart strings all over the place so I kept thinking, "do I really want to listen to the book?" Obviously the answer was yes or I wouldn't be writing this. Here's the thing before I go into my review. I received this audio book on the 13th. I was so anxious that I didn't listen to it til yesterday. That's right, it sat in my audible library for 5 days until I mustered up the balls to finally listen and let BB Easton pull at my heart strings yet again. So, here goes my review...
Listening to Ramona Master as BB, some parts were funny where she had me laughing, other parts had me annoyed but hey, what vulnerable 15 year old girl with self conscious issues and a mad crush be if not a little annoying with her naivety and lack of experience with the harsh reality of growing up and falling in love? Exactly, so any who, I'd like to think that BB has a lot of heart and soul because she got to me, not in a bad way, but she got to me and Ramona Master had mastered that and I actually felt like I know BB. There were parts in her story that were raw, real, and sad but the parts that were warm and happy, kept me going.
Thanks to reading "44 Chapters", I thought I had a pretty good idea of how BB and Knight's story was going to pan out. Boy was I wrong and in for a rude awakening. Here's the thing, because I read the book and know how this story goes, listening to Ramona as BB made me forget the whole thing and had me start from the beginning, which I didn't mind because the tons of surprises were not only a breathe of fresh air but had me gasping for air!
I'm going to get to my favorite part of this all: Knight. Ughhhhhh! Knight, oh Ronald Knight. Not gonna lie but he's my favorite from the "44 Chapters" book so yeah, just saying. What made me love him even more was that his story wasn't revealed right away, it was drawn out (painfully but worth it) and I feel that BB Easton did this so we can fall in love with him too, because that's what happened, I literally feel in love with Knight, even when he broke my heart...I mean BB's heart.
Listening to Knight and BB's time together was quite interesting. Their relationship was literally bittersweet, some parts sweet (I swooned when he gave her paper flowers) and some parts bitter (when he pushed her away after the junk yard incident). Since Knight was not your "normal" kind of guy and I air quote normal because I've dated guys who society looked at as not normal, his idea of love and romance were a bit intense and crude but it was love. So listening to Ramona as BB talking during their sex scenes left me kind of turned on because of his devotion to her (constantly telling her she's f*cking beautiful) and kind of uncomfortable (and that's only because of her age and his age BUT in all fairness, I knew plenty of girls from my high school who had sex with seniors when we were sophomores, plus I'd like to think that the demographics had played a part in all this).
Anyways, back to the sex because I just have to comment on that; Knight's foreplay and kink factor made my acts of foreplay seem amateurish and I'm almost 29! I had to give it to him, I want nipple pierces too now but I'm a huge wuss and well I'll just stick to nipple clamps. Like most relationships, BB and Knight's had their ups and downs, and what happened between them left me speechless and whoa, just shocked because it was beyond emotional, it had me gutted.
Overall, I loved the book and I loved listening to the book because not only did Easton warmed my heart and had me smiling, but she had me clutching my aching chest and tear up. I felt like the book left a strong message and I didn't realize what that was until I listened to it. BB Easton is just amazing and she obviously poured her heart and soul into this and Ramona Master delivered! And although I am recovering and not sure if I will be ready by then, and because I'm a sucker for pain, I can't wait for her next book.