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4.07  ·  Rating details ·  2,631 ratings  ·  262 reviews
An against-the-odds love story at the heart of a book for teens about prejudice, courage, and a dark, compelling mystery—shortlisted for a Romantic Novelists Association Award

Ugly people don’t have feelings. They’re not like everyone else. They don’t notice if you stare at them and turn away. And if they did notice, it wouldn’t hurt them. They’re not like real people. Or t
Paperback, 377 pages
Published March 5th 2012 by Electric Monkey (first published February 21st 2012)
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Zoe and the Edge
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, romance, mystery
Jenna - “Dad's going to go mental though.”
Ryan - Suppose I'll be skewered with the garden fork when he finds out.”
“Probably. Might deflate your ego so it could be a good thing.”
“You're supposed to say, 'No, I'll protect you' and stuff like that.”

This is a story about two lonely and lost people finding each other against all odds. It's a beautiful relationship of discovery. I loved watching Jenna and Ryan's chemistry and the way they unraveled each other. And even though they're so young (14
Sep 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
Uhoh, I feel like crap.

I see all these good reviews, 4 and 5 star ratings and recommendations flying everywhere and then there's mine a 2 star rating and a crappy review.

Well for starters I really didn't like the way the book started off. I mean in all honesty I disliked it from the beginning and by the end I still thought it was a waste of time,

The characters were cold and I couldn't connect with them. I thought the plot of the story sounded refreshing and different at first but I didn't lik
Skin Deep is one of the most wonderful books I’ve ever read. When I bought it I didn’t know how young the characters are and when I realized my mistake I thought: damn this will be stupid as hell. Anyway because I’ve already had it I started to read it and I was surprised in a good way. It isn’t lame, not at all, and even if the characters are really young (the girl is 14, the boy is 16) they got some pretty hard shit in their lives which made them more mature than others in their age.
However th
Kindra Erickson
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is truly beautiful. Not only does it have an adorable romance, but it also teaches great lessons. Don't judge a book by its cover, "Ugly" people have feelings (this one was very repetitive because she considers herself ugly), Being beautiful on the outside doesn't always mean you're a beautiful person on the inside, It's what's on the inside that counts, etc. I also thought it was interesting that she is only fourteen years old (though she doesn't act it). It makes me kind of sad thoug ...more
rory gilmore
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
"Nobody ever, ever mentioned the scars."

Apr 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
***Spoiler Free Summary By EmeraldBookWorm***

Didn't love it, didn't hate it. // Very interesting back story and small town scandal. /// Very enjoyable just not fantastic

Until Next Time, Emerald BookWorm
May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As soon as I picked Skin Deep being drawn to it more than other books on my pile because of the cover, I was instantly drawn into the world of Jenna with not much information at the start about the characters but Laura Jarratt instantly created a sense of danger. Laura Jarratt is one of the few authors that I have known that has managed to reel the reader in making them eager to read on from the first few pages of the novel.

This is one of the few books that I have read that targets the issues so
Tee Tyson
Apr 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teens, people who want a feel good read
I am always apprehensive when I read YA books because I worry the voice will be too juvenile, or worse off, too adult for the character. I didn't find this at all in Skin Deep.

I'll be up front, I love this author as a person. She's witty, funny and endeared herself to me long before this book was published. That said, I've never read anything she's written. Until this book. I am always more than a little apprehensive when I start to read someone's work that I know. (Not know-know, but in a virt
Mar 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have had my eye on Skin Deep since I first heard about it and was excited to receive a copy in the post from the publisher and as soon as my current read was finished I dove straight in and was not disappointed.

Skin Deep is a book that not only focuses on finding love against the odds, but also about finding your strength and belief in yourself to pick yourself up and carry on, no matter what is in your way.
Jenna is suffering for various reasons after a disfiguring car accident, while Ryan, a
Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a really good YA read about a 14 year-old girl whose face was burned and scarred in a car accident that also killed her best friend. She is having a horrible time dealing with accepting what she looks like, having people stare at her on the street and being afraid, and just overall self-esteem and anger issues.

She meets a 16 year-old boy, the son of a "traveler," a woman who lives permanently on a boat drifting through the canals of England staying (usually illegally) on the banks of a
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Jenna is a 14 year old girl who was involved in a car accident & got horrific burns on one side of her face. She loses all her confidence & refuses to even look at her reflection in the mirror. Then she meets a lad who lives on a boat with his bipolar mother. Ryan makes Jenna take control of her life & learn to live it instead of hiding away from everyone.
I loved this story. It was believable, emotional & funny too. I highly recommend Skin Deep to people that like YA, realistic fiction etc.
Mar 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
the comparison of reversed egg yolks to her untanned titties really make the book for me. will be rereading.
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Originally posted at Fragments of Life.

I was caught off guard by this stunning and brilliant debut! I didn’t expect that I would love it this much. It’s hard to really find the right words for this review – I don’t think there will ever be a set of worthy words for the awesomeness that was Skin Deep.

Jenna wasn’t the same after the accident. Aside from the trauma, the grief and melancholy of losing her best friend, Lindz, she was permanently scarred with a horrible third degree burn on the right
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Short Story? - One of the best contemporary YA novels I've ever read. Heartbreakingly beautiful and bittersweet, Jarratt has written a moving love story that shows the beauty in flaws. I can't emphasis enough just how wonderfully complex and brilliant this novel is. A tear-jerker plot, beautiful characterisation and prose that that rivals some of the best YA writers out there. Jarratt has written an extraordinary work of contemporary fiction. Skin Deep is a memorable debut that will haunt yo ...more
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“They're just scars. They're not you.”

― Laura Jarratt

First off, I must say I love this book! Sure there was some tiny flaws here and there but not every book is perfect. This book was just so hauntingly beautiful and carefree.
I really loved the characters, and how the author decided to make them different. Have you ever noticed that all of the books out there these days , the main characters are always these beautiful, loved people. But skin Deep is different. The characters seem just ten times
Beth Dean
Nov 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This doesn't include something that made me pick up the proof copy in the first place "Fang free romance for readers who are allergic to the paranormal, from a talented new author" and as much as I'm definatley not allergic to the paranormal I am, however, sick to the back teeth of it. EVERY DAMN TEENAGE FICTION BOOK is about BLOODY VAMPIRES or BLOODY ANGELS or BLOODY WEREWOLVES no variations. I have to celebrate this book because it contains NONE OF THESE THINGS, you can tell I'm excited the ca ...more
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review, own
I first saw this book in my local Waterstones about a year ago. Whilst I did like the sound of it, a part of me was reluctant to buy it. I don't know why, but that was just the way it was. And now, I wish I'd picked Skin Deep up sooner. Skin Deep is about Jenna whose face has been severely scarred due to a car crash. The scar has made her see herself in a negative light and it is only when she meets Ryan that that starts to change.

I loved Jenna, whilst she could easily take things the wrong way,
Serendipity Reviews
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Within the first two chapters of this book, I was crying. As soon as I read how Jenny had suffered and her struggle to come to terms with how she looked, I found myself weeping buckets full of tears. You can feel exactly how she feels as she experiences the constant staring and whispering about her. Her life has changed dramatically and she is struggling to come to terms with the way people now look at her. She can't even look at herself. In her eyes, the scarring is just too hideous to look at ...more
Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog
3.75-4 Stars

Being a teenager is tough enough. Peer pressure, expectations, wanting to belong is just a few reasons why it just sucks. It’s even harder when you decide to ride in car with your friends, knowing that the driver was unreliable, and ends up with your friends getting killed and scarring you for life, inside and out. Jenna’s world is turned upside down when, after a car accident, leaves her face scarred. She is emotionally distraught and wants nothing more than to hide for the rest of
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"Ugly people don't have feelings. They're not like everyone else. They don't notice if you stare at them and turn away. And if they did notice, it wouldn't hurt them. They're not like real people. Or that's what I used to think." - Jenna

Jenna had a crash, the same car accident where her best friend died. Now, Jenna is permanently scarred.
However hard she tries she can't return to piece together the puzz
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Skin Deep is a cute YA contemporary that was a joy to read! Mysteries, romance and complicated families.

I'm not quite sure where to begin, Jenna, a fourteen-year-old, was in a car crash not long ago, leaving a scar on her face. She's always kept her head down, kept to herself, kept invisible. She hates it when people stare at her with that sympathetic look in their eyes. Until she meets Ryan. A traveller, a sixteen-year-old, a boy way out of her league. But he's not like any other boy she's met.
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you haven't read this book...Go and get it! Its everything you want in a good book.

I found this book by accident at work the other day and i loved the name of it so i got it...kind of a dumb reason i know. However, the book is wonderful, it shows love and innocence in their purest form. From first dates and meeting parents the story becomes so believable unlike many fantasy ya read. AND! Finally! a heroine who isn't always whining about her looks because she wants attention and one who is st
Aug 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: pgc, young-adult
I didn’t have overly high expectations for this YA novel, but I was pleasantly surprised while reading it. I brought it to read on a flight, and couldn’t put it down.

Jenna, emotionally and physically scarred by a terrible car accident which killed her best friend, refuses to engage in the world around her. That is, until she meets the cocky yet simultaneously sensitive Ryan, a “traveler” (read: modern-day nomad) whose mother is bipolar and whose only father-figure has just walked out on them.

Liz Green
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Star Rating- 2

Jenna was in a car accident last year with her best friend Lindsey and a couple of unaquainted people, they were high and drunk and predictably, crashed the car. Jenna's best friend and another died in the crash along with Jenna leaving the alight car with half a face full of scars.

Eight months later, Jenna stays indoors shamed of her appearance wanting everyone to forget about the accident but people's reactions to her face are making that possibility very slim.

Until Ryan appears
C.S. Einfeld
Dec 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
SKIN DEEP is quite simply, a beautiful book. It's the story of Jenna, the girl who was horribly disfigured in a tragic car accident, and Ryan, the gypsy traveller who's forced to be more parent than child to his bi-polar Mom.

There are so many things to love about this story: for starters, the title is perfect as the theme of the novel is really about learning the layers of beauty, and how it can bloom or get twisted, the deeper you go. One of the things I liked most was how well each character
Gertrude. Kitty
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Yesterday was a fab Valentines. It’s not something my husband and I usually celebrate because over the years working with four children, three dogs and three cats we were always too exhausted. But the children are grown and my son’s girlfriend bought us afternoon tea for Christmas and immediately I booked it for Valentines.

It did not disappoint: cappuccino, mini banoffee tart, chocolate mousse, pear cake, quiche and tiny hot toasties. Umm delicious…And among them Random Attachment.

My book has gi
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing

OMG OMG . I just finished the book and WOW it was just Awesome.
I feel like this right now BEEHSHWKEHGWCWGYSSHUEWJOE
There was never a boring moment or anything and the pace of the story was perfect. The plot was original which I loved and WOW .
It about a girl named Jenna . Jenna was in an accident and from under her eye to her neck was burned . She has difficulty coping with this because everyone stares at her and calls her names .
Ryan is a traveller he travels on a boat with his mum from
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I think any girl, or boy, reading this book has probably felt ugly at some point in their lives and that is what makes Skin Deep so readable.

Jenna has some pretty extreme scarring across her face after a car accident and of course this leaves her feeling ugly, like she can't leave the house. That is, until Ryan comes along, a sensitive,hardworking guy that's kind to his mum (I love this). He has his own issues but manages to break Jenna out of her shell, their relationship is so pure and gives
Krista (Miura Haruma-san, I will always miss you)
I don't even need to justify myself. Ryan and Jenna are amazing characters. At first I thought I'd loathe Jenna with her "Ugly people don't have feelings" garbage, but she turned out to be an awesome, caring, kind young woman who, with Ryan's help, really grew as a person. Their romance bloomed from friendship, which is the best way. Jenna's dad, though. Oh, man. If he was my dad I'd have run away from home when I was her age! And don't get me started on Ryan's mom.

She has two sides. I loved he
Nikki Gutierrez
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
5 stars!!!
Is it too soon to give a 5-star rating to a story like this? I own two more books with the same premise of the protagonist having a traumatic experience that has caused them to have a scar on their face... BUT, this one is the first book I picked and it exceeded my expectations! I love Jenna and Ryan is now added to my long list of book boyfriends. Ahh. Spoilers ahead!

It started when Jenna goes with her best friend Lindsey and her older boyfriend Steven Carlisle along with their friend
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Laura Jarratt was born in Salford in the 1970s, the decade fashion should really forget. She remains mentally scarred from the numerous childhood photos of her in very bad clothes, which she blames for her present aversion to having her picture taken. Despite being good at English, Classics and Modern Foreign Languages, she accidentally studied Microbiology at university and then went on to work i ...more

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“I want to ask you something.'
'The answer's yes.'
'What? You don't know the question yet.'
'Yes, I do. It's am I fantastic in bed.”
“Scars are beautiful too, you know. They're a badge we wear
for the world to show we've lived."...
"And that we've survived.
So they have a beauty all of their own.”
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