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Bookish Brit Adam Gibson is one wonky heartbeat away from a fatal arrhythmia. But staying alive requires Adam to become keenly focused on both his pulse and the many different daily medications he must take in exactly the right dosages. Adam's torn between wanting to live and knowing that someone else must die in order for him to do so. He needs a new heart.

The pressure i
Published April 12th 2016 by Swoon Romance
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I am so tired of posting full DNF reviews. So I've decided to type a mini review.

This was a case of 'It's not you but me.' I didn't finish this because I felt no connection to it. I felt nothing while reading the beginning.

I recommend this to contemporary fans.
♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡ the Romance Bibiliophile ♡

“Under My Skin” is not only the title of the book by Laura Diamond I just read. No – it is also the place where that story went. I have to admit that so far I never read a book that let me go so deep into the mind of a guy like Adam.

From the first page on the reader is at his side and sees everything around him like he sees it and also joins him on his confusing journey between guilt and the will to survive. Ms. Diamond managed it perfectly to draw the story in a way that the reader was never su
Veronica of V's Reads
3 Stars for this contemporary YA romance.

Adam is a 16 y/o Londoner living in New York. His family had relocated to the US because Adam has an unspecified heart condition that is worsening to the point that he's too sick in general, but not sick enough to be prioritized on the heart transplant list. He lives in some upstate NY town that has a really great heart transplant team...wherever that is. Adam is severely conflicted about his condition. He sees the struggles his parents are enduring, and
Mar 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: touching, sweet
*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review
Under My Skin is my first book by Laura Diamond, and it most likely won’t be my last. It features Adam, whose heart is failing. He can’t help but think about death all the time, since there’s a healthy chance that if he doesn’t get a donor soon, he’s going to die. The fact that someone has to die for him to live doesn’t help matters much. On the other hand, there’s Darby. Dyslexic, rebellious, and misunderstood, she’s the black shee
hannah lisa
Aug 12, 2016 rated it liked it
(you can also read this review on my blog! )
Guess who’s finally out of her year-long reading slump?! MEEEE! And I’m super-duper pumped for all the great books i’ve been sent by Bound Book Tours! I gave this book a solid 3.5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads because, while there were some really great aspects, I had a few minor problems.

The Pros

The writing was breath-taking! It was filled with metaphors and similes (of which, I am always a huge fan of honestly). I felt like it was almost

This is my first read from Laura Diamond and let's say it will not be the last. This is a beautifully written story about two teenagers who are stuck in the worst circumstances. Both characters who feel misunderstood by the people who surround them daily. With his heart condition, Adam Gibson worries about death each day. Is he scared of death? Will he suffer less? Will he be less of a burden to his parents? With the worst track record at school, Darby Fox feels like the black sheep at
Katherine Paschal
Sooo... this story was not at all what I was expecting. I thought this would be a story about a boy getting a heart transplant and learning how to cope with it, as well as maybe a sweet romance added in. Yeah, so that was not really this book at all. I don't want to give too much away, but there was a villain in this mix, as well as a supernatural element that I did not anticipate. I honestly expected a typical fiction novel about health and real life, with the drama of teen life, more in the st ...more
Katy Haye
May 29, 2016 rated it liked it
I wanted to read Under my Skin from the moment I saw the blurb – what a concept, and what a source of conflict!

Adam was gorgeous from the start. My (fully functioning) heart ached for him. His being a big fan of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (one of my all-time favourites) didn’t hurt, either.

Darby was full of attitude, with a bit of a chip on her shoulder (it’s a twin thing), but I liked her. Her relationship with Stephanie was also great. I really felt Darby’s frustration, and the changes that c
Tori Knightwood
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A story like its name - it gets under your skin. So many emotions!
Jul 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book for free through YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review

3.5 stars

This book is beautifully crafted and Laura Diamond takes you on an emotionally psychological roller coaster ride. There are a lot of themes running through this book and the author has created a scenario in which they can all run free with equal measure. However in saying that, I did think that at times there was a little too much going on and it pushed me out of my reading bubble for a f
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Nothing fancy, really.
Eve beinguniquebooks
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Adam has heart failure and needs a transplant, a British boy in America, he has travelled a long way for a second chance at life.
He hides his pains and comes across as depressed to his parents.

Darby and Daniel are twins until an argument sees Daniel pass away and his organs harvested and given to donor of which I'm sure you can guess.

Through their shared therapist, slowly Darby and Adam come to realise that as they grow closer, Dr Shaw has made each of them realise just who's heart has saved Dan
Elizabeth Mathis
Bookish Brit Adam Gibson is one wonky heartbeat away from a fatal arrhythmia. But staying alive requires Adam to become keenly focused on both his pulse and the many different daily medications he must take in exactly the right dosages. Adam's torn between wanting to live and knowing that someone else must die in order for him to do so. He needs a new heart.

The pressure is getting to him. Adam stops talking to his friends back home, refuses to meet kids at his new school, and shuts his parents o
czai (the Blacksheep Reader)
this review is also posted at: the Blacksheep Project. I received this book from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

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Predictable but completely heartbreaking.

{ 5 Reasons Why You MUST Read Under My Skin }

Dual POV.
There's Adam and there's Darby. There's the bookworm and there's the artist. I really LOVE the difference in their voice and in their worries. First there's Adam who suffers from fatal arrhythmia. Every single day he wonders if he'll just collapse and die. He's high
Lynda Dickson
Apr 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 14+
Shelves: young-adult
Sixteen-year-old Adam is waiting for someone to die so that he can live. He needs a heart transplant, and odds are he'll die before graduating from high school. He recently moved from London to New York with his mother and father in order to have access to the best cardio-thoracic surgeons, and he now attends the same school as Darby and Daniel Fox, two people he has never met but who will have a massive impact on his life.

Darby is a party girl. Her dyslexia leads her to be uninterested in schoo
Originally posted on Daydreaming Books.

*I received an eARC of this book from the publisher for in exchange for an honest review.*

This book was intense. I mean, it had a lot of elements. It's about guilt, self blame, accepting reality and finally moving on- all of these facts were executed neatly and pretty well.

Adam has an acute condition of fatal arrhythmia. He needs a new heart otherwise he won't survive. But according to him, in order to get a new heart, someone has to die. He doesn’t know ho
Lily Cooper
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Under My Skin

By: Laura Diamond

Bookish Brit Adam Gibson is one wonky heartbeat away from a fatal arrhythmia. He's torn between wanting to live and knowing that someone else must die in order for him to do so. He needs a new heart.

Adam stops talking to his friends, refuses to meet kids at his new school, and shuts his parents out entirely. His days are spent wondering if can cope with having a dead man's heart beating inside his chest, or if he should surrender to the thoughts of suicide swirli
Pauline Ang
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-ebook
Truth be told, I had an extremely difficult time reading Under My Skin. And no, it isn’t because it’s not nice or what-so-ever, but rather, it’s actually the entire opposite of it.

Everything is just so raw and captivating, and Under My Skin is just all about emotions, emotions and emotions. It was overwhelming, but every feeling was captured realistically.

I love how the entire plotline was a journey from facing the guilt, the confusion, the self-blame to a person who is able to accept the realit
Suze Lavender
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Adam and his parents moved from the United Kingdom to America so he could get better healthcare. Adam has heart problems and his arrhythmia is severe. Even regular daily life with all his special adjustments is becoming too strenuous. He needs a new heart and he needs it quickly. Will he get the chance to survive this and to be able to live?

Darby is good at getting in trouble. Her twin brother is looking out for her. He's a model son, student and athlete and it's difficult for Darby to keep up.
A. Musquiz
Jul 18, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I think that the characters were very nice. Adam was a very deep character and understood that someone would have to die in order for him to have a second chance at living and wasn't living in a fantasy that everything would be sunshine and rainbows. He was fully aware life didn't work that way and he understood the risks and dangers of having a heart transplant.

Darby was a character who was a troubled teen and struggl
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I'm not even sure what to say about this book! Or if there are any words to describe the emotions and feeling that you feel as you read each page.... All I can really do to sum it all up is this is a book that will grab you from page one! This is a book that will keep you! A book that you will have a hard time walking away from even after you have finished reading it! An amazing book!

*Received for an honest review*
Oct 14, 2016 rated it liked it
I really liked Adam, and even Darby, as characters in this book. However, as sweet as the general concept was, I felt the book was lacking in quite a few aspects. It was a touching and captivating enough read, don't get me wrong. Simply put. I felt that it was missing something I can't quite pinpoint. I felt like I was waiting for something that set the story apart from all others just like it and never got it,that's all.
Jun 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Actually this is a 3.5/5 stars or even a 4. I would have given it a four if both sets of parents and friends didn't make Darby and Adam so difficult. And Dr. Shaw was difficult up until the last 2 chapters.

UPDATE: Read my full review of UNDER MY SKIN on my blog, PoetryBooksYA: http://poemsbyayoungartist.blogspot.c...
Haddie Harper
Review coming soon.
Heather Fleet
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This one was amazing. Review to come.
Amena  (Nerd in New York)
Apr 12, 2016 marked it as to-read
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Laura Diamond is a board certified psychiatrist currently specializing in emergency psychiatry. She is also an author of all things young adult—both contemporary and paranormal. An avid fan of sci-fi, fantasy, and anything magical, she thrives on quirk, her lucid dreams, and coffee. When she’s not working or writing, she can be found sniffing books and drinking a latte at the bookstore or at home ...more
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