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3.34  ·  Rating details ·  407 ratings  ·  99 reviews
Her lips are white. Sixteen-year-old Sep stares into the bathroom mirror on the first day of school. It's not some weird lipstick (she never wears lipstick), she didn't bump her lips or chew on ice. Her lips are just white. In a panic, she digs up an old lipstick and smears it on her colorless lips. But soon, more and more white spots begin to bloom, spreading their chalky ...more
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Published August 6th 2013 by Skyscape
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
2.5 stars. This book was weird and awkward and I don't know how to go about reviewing the darn thing.

Sep was a girl who faced all of the same problems in life which any other teen girl would face - only with the added problem of having random parts of her skin turning white in patches, from out of nowhere. Being a teenager is hard enough on its own, without having to add something like this on top of it.

However, the book's awkwardness had nothing to do with Sep's condition. Something about the
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Nafiza
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I put off writing this review for as long as I could. Because to write it would mean getting personal and I don’t know if I want do that.

Okay fine.

Here’s a story.

Of sorts.

When I was in grade five, I got diagnosed with a skin disorder and have suffered from it since. Over the years, I have felt like a monster, a freak, and anything along those lines. I stopped looking at people in the eyes in Grade 10 because I would always see pity lurking there and I didn’t want that. I was seriously depressed
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enqi ☁️✨ kell maresh lovesite
Reading this book made me emotional because I have a personal story of skin disorders.

I will write this review when I'm better able to share my experiences and make my thoughts coherent.
Thalia
Jul 28, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those interested in disease-related YA and are extremely comfortable with graphic sexual content
Read the review on my blog:
http://thaliasbooks.tumblr.com/post/5...
Pamela
I received an ARC of Skin from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

I'm always on the lookout for well-done YA realism. So much of the market today is either fantasy or dystopian/sci-fi that I feel that teens who don't really like those types of stories are being left out. In Skin, Sep wakes up one morning to find out her lips are white. Just her lips. Pure white. No, no supernatural elements here. Sep finds out she has vitiligo. It's kind of a classic setup for the teen-problem-in-high-s
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Alissa
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Typically, I've liked Donna Jo Napoli's books, but she really missed the boat on this one. As far as physical conditions to write about that one could typically freak out over go, vitiglio is really scraping the bottom of the barrel. It's laughable. Vitiglio is gradual, it's completely painless, it's not life-threatening, and as long as you use sunscreen on the "white spots" (which are actually more of a pale pink), you'll be fine. I would also like to point out that these patches don't stay nea ...more
Angela
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dating, identity, illness
Two things were working against my expectations for this book: my knowledge of previous books Donna Jo Napoli has written, and the jacket copy leading me on.

First, while I know Donna Jo Napoli has written a huge variety of books, I first encountered her (and love her best for) her fairy/folk tale retellings. So I kept expecting something like that to show up here. Especially when coupled with the mysterious jacket copy.

The jacket copy makes it seem like the point of the book is going to be figur
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Deneé
Originally posted at Novel Reveries

“I’m reading about skin because my skin in my enemy right now. And what’s the old saying: Know thy enemy.” (loc. 2300)

Sep wakes to find she has white lips. Her world, and her outlook of it is forever changed. This is a coming-of-age story and a finding-your-worth tale. Sep must not only learn to deal with her troubles, even as they seem to get worse, but to learn to trust people and their perception of her.

“‘Hair and nails are dead. But your skin is alive. Live
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bookling
Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sold on this book for a while. The writing was good, but I wasn't drawn in by the premise -- the main character gets vitiligo, and has to deal with the changes to her appearance. It didn't seem like enough of a challenge, and at times it seemed like Sep was being really over-dramatic and whiny about it. I became a little more interested when Sep's romance with Joshua began, but it seemed like an obvious ending was coming: Joshua would accept her as she was, and Sep would learn to love h ...more
Kritika
This book is really hard for me to gather all my thoughts on, and I can't even really decide whether I like it or not. It had an interesting premise, and it wasn't what I expected it to be at all. When I say that it defied my expectations, there were some aspects I liked and some I really didn't.

Sep is a very average teenager at an average high school. Then one day she wakes up and her lips are white. She has no idea why, and decides to cover it up with lipstick. But how long can she hide when t
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Mary
I enjoyed this story of a girl coping with a disfiguring condition just as she enters her junior year of high school, but it is a difficult book to review because I have conflicting thoughts about several aspects of the book. I love that Giuseppina (Sep) is such a strong character, and I felt deeply invested in finding out how the condition would progress, how she would deal with it, and how it would affect her relationships with Joshua, Devin, her family, and her classmates. Sep is an odd mix o ...more
Jennifer
When Sep wakes up with white lips, she doesn't know what to think. What could be causing this strange and sudden appearance change? After several tests, she's finally diagnosed with vitiligo, a skin condition in which skin pigmentation disappears. (Side note: Singer Michael Jackson said he had vitiligo.)

Sep is your typical teen girl - concerned about parties, boys and her friends. When she realizes her skin is going to get splotchy and white, she freaks out. She begins wearing lipstick to cover
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Rachel
Nov 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book was very disappointing. The story progressed slowly, and I had to start skimming a little after the halfway point to stay focused.
Sep wakes up with white lips in the first chapter because she has vitiligo. Now, they're described as being white, not pale. White. Which is annoying because lips don't have any pigment. Of course, she's very insecure about it. The vitiligo progresses and her relationships with her family, her friends, and her boyfriend are strained by her insecurity.

Now, t
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Chris Mclean
I am kind of confused about how I feel about this book. It was really good in its treatment of the main character, Sep, who develops vitiligo and has to deal with her extreme reaction to the changes it causes in her appearance. Her anger and frustration seem very real: she is a teenager who realizes that she will forever be marked by the light patches on her skin. Throughout the book, Napoli weaves information about vitiligo, as well as information about different animals and yoga. That is prett ...more
Liviania
Aug 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Donna Jo Napoli was one of my favorite authors in middle school and high school. She's probably one of the authors who gave me a taste for fairytale retellings. But SKIN is a departure from her normal fare. It's a contemporary, and a sexy one at that.

Because I was familiar with Napoli's work and picked it up based on her reputation, I wasn't sure if SKIN was a paranormal or not when I began it. When it starts, heroine Sep wakes up to find that her lips have turned pure white. She covers it up wi
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Maryam
Jun 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Thank you Amazon Children’s Publishing and Netgalley for an advance reader’s copy in exchange of an honest review

It must be a weird coincidence that the last three books that I have read this week have all been about diseases that I hadn’t even heard of earlier.

Secret For A Song by S. K. Falls (Munchhausen Syndrome)
Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult (Osteogenesis Imperfecta)
Skin by Donna Jo Napoli (Vitiligo)

Skin is about a sixteen year old who wakes up one day to find her lips gone completely wh
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M.B. Mulhall
When it started off, the voice of Sep came off as really young. She's meant to be a junior in high school and it was very odd to me that the author made the students think wearing lipstick was such a major thing. Teens wear make-up. I don't think people really would have noticed or cared that Sep was suddenly wearing lipstick.

I also found it odd the author made such a big deal about the color of her skin, calling herself not white. I suppose she had to do it so when the disease kicked in, the r
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Abbie
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
Actual rating - 3.5

A decent read.
Jamie (ReadsinTrees) Dacyczyn
2017 Reading Challenge: a book about a difficult topic (vitiligo).

This was wholly different than any Napoli books I've read before. I've read almost all of her retold fairy tales and a couple of historical fiction....but this was just a regular contemporary angst filled book about a teen in high school. Weird. The teen girl in question, Sep, starts developing vitiligo, which is where patches on your skin lose their pigment. For a teenage girl, this could feel disasterous. Being an adolescent is
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Meredith
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
A young woman learns the value of self-acceptance in Skin (Skyscape, 2013), a beautiful piece of realism from award-winner Donna Jo Napoli.

It begins with white lips, then a faint white blotch on the back of her hand. Sixteen-year-old Sep sets out to live and love before her life falls apart, because it will, once everyone finds out her secret: she has vitiligo, a skin pigmentation disorder that causes white patches on the body. Sep fights back with lipstick and drawn-on “tattoos,” but she knows
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Raya
I should know better than to read a Donna Jo Napoli ARC. I really should, and now I am kicking myself in the shin with my other foot for requesting it. What possessed me? Because now I am left to write a negative review for a book that sounded interesting but disappointed me as a reader—and I knew it would. Somewhere, in the back of my mind, I knew. It goes back to Napoli’s 2006 novel, Bound. I must have read this book when I was nine or ten years old, and Xing Xing’s story only had me half-abso ...more
Meganm922
Jun 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Skin was an interesting novel. I liked the premise and I couldn’t put the book down once I started. In some ways, I felt like Sep’s narration was childish and simple, but I also felt like it was so honest and revealing. Sep woke up one morning and her lips were white. Her normal skin color was tan, so the white was certainly noticeable. She tried to figure out what was going on, but more importantly, she tried to figure out how to hide it.

Let me start by saying that Sep’s problem resonated with
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Staci
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was expecting another retelling of a faerie tale. If that's what you're wanting, don't go for this book. If you're not expecting a faerie tale, this book is great! The main character's struggles are real. This is a much more adult novel than many of her pieces, and that made me somewhat uncomfortable.
Karin
Dec 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fluff, fiction, ya
If you like Napoli, you will likely like this one. However, she leaves her comfort zone and goes with a contemporary storyline. And it's more explicit. I guess I'm too old to be invested in this teen's problem for this to be a great read.
Chara
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It reminded me a bit of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. It was funny and moving and just beautiful.
Kimberly (Book Swoon)
WHY I WANTED TO READ SKIN BY DONNA JO NAPOLI: I wanted to read something out of my comfort zone and Skin, by Donna Jo Napoli, was definitely not my normal go to book. Considered a realistic YA contemporary, I was intrigued by the books description, and how unlike it was from the normal young adult fiction that I'm use to reading. The books I'm familiar with by Donna Jo Napoli, usually revolve around the exploration of a fairy tale, and this was a true exit from that style. I was curious to see w ...more
Nicole Hewitt
This review and many others can be found on my blog - Feed Your Fiction Addiction

This is another book that started out really promising but took some turns that kind of ruined my enjoyment. I will say, though, that it’s the type of book that actually seems better in retrospect than when I was actually reading it. I’ll explain why in the “What I enjoyed” section in just a moment.

When I started reading this one, I actually didn’t read the synopsis, and I was thinking for a long time that there was
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Mirna Garcia
Sep 26, 2013 rated it liked it



Arc Received Via NetGalley

Rev Title Thinking Pink

When I first encountered the premise of Skin, I must admit that I had supernatural expectations. Because of the genres I frequent, I thought that the disease would be demonic in origin, or that the white lips would signify the beginning of powers, brought on by the onset of puberty or something. Although I am immensely glad that I was wrong on all counts, I still find myself conflicted on Skin as a whole. It was good, but it left me empty inside,
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Erika Hernandez
Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***May Contain Spoilers***
Thank you Amazon Children’s Publishing ARC for my advanced Copy to review


I am reviewing Skin by Donna Jo Napoli the publisher Amazon Children’s Publishing advanced me a copy for my honest review.
This book is about sixteen year old Giuseppina, her friends call her Sep, who wakes up one morning with white lips. Sep nor her family or Dr know what’s causing this at first. Sep is a very smart and realistic teenager, but even though she is dealing with some hard issues in h
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Jaylee
Check out this review and more on my blog - J Reads Ya!

Diversity Ratings: | POC Chars - 0+ | Queer Chars - 1 |

Skin is one of those books that is difficult to like, but is telling an important story. It’s about vitiligo - a rare skin condition where miscolored blotches appear over all over your body. The protagonist’s personality is hard to pin down because she’s young, (she acts even younger than her numerical age, in my opinion) and she is trying on personalities throughout the novel, trying to
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