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Skin Deep by E.M. Crane
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Oct 04, 08

bookshelves: teen-fifteen-plus

Andrea Anderson is a self-proclaimed “Nothing” in life. She is ignored at school, disconnected from her mother, and has a completely absent inner life. She floats through life and watches, nothing sticks to her. Until she enters the lives of Honora, the crazy lady who lives in a crumbling house on the hill, and her 200 pound Saint Bernard, Zena. Initially helping to walk Zena while Honora is in the hospital, when Honora begins a quick decline from cancer Andrea stays on to help as her “assistant”; although Andrea’s paid duties include learning herbalism and the art of Raku, a form of pottery-making. As their quiet relationship grows, Andrea’s inner life expands to process a fuller perspective of life, including the suicide of one of her teachers and accommodating her mother’s new boyfriend.

I really enjoyed the quiet beauty of this story and its characters. I strongly recommend this book.

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