Under My Skin

Under My Skin

Book - 2012
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For the past six months, something has been happening to young people in Santa Feliz. Week after week, there's news of another teen changing shape, transforming from human into wild animal and back again.

Josh Saunders has seen the news reports, but he's still unprepared when it happens to him. One minute he's arguing with his mother's boyfriend--and the next he has transformed into a mountain lion.

Trusting only his best friends Des and Marina with his secret, Josh tries to return to normal life. But an encounter with Elzie, another Wildling, brings him unwanted attention from the authorities. And when an accidental betrayal reveals Josh's secret, his carefully constructed cover is ripped apart. Josh's friends must grudgingly put their trust in outsiders, including other Wildlings--and, most challenging, in each other--if they ever hope to save him.

Publisher: Toronto : Razorbill, 2012.
ISBN: 9780670065332
Branch Call Number: DELIN
Characteristics: 408 p.


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Mar 24, 2016

i loved this book it was very good its a 5 star book

Jan 25, 2015

I liked it, but not enough to continue reading the sequels.

Aug 03, 2013

I loved it!!!! I can't wait to read the next one!

Aug 03, 2012

I am a middle aged guy who doesn't normally read YA fiction, but i thought this was a readable and enjoyable tale, for what it is. I haven't read De Lint and I may check out some of his adult work. He can certainly tell a story. I wondered about how current some of the slang and pop music references might actually be, and how this would work for a young reader, but it seemed successful enough to me.

(Staff) Kyla Zerbes Jul 30, 2012


Jul 28, 2012

a very interesting book. i like the idea of people turning into animals and the government trying to use them for evil purposes. i cant wait till the next story so i can find out more how the characters are changing into animals. a very good start to the series. i hope the rest are as good

Jun 26, 2012

» The concept. It's nothing new, for sure, but here we get modern shape-shifting backed up by a solid steeping in First Nations folklore. References to the trickster Raven and the Coyote clan add authenticity to the Wildlings, or "cousins". As the characters spout the requisite questions, however -- why are we like this? how can do this? who else can do this? -- we're still left with dozens of questionable aspects ot the concept.

» The characters. Cory, Dillon, Chaingang, Tomas, Auntie Min, Rico, Solena, Elzie... is your head spinning yet? And don't forget the protagonists. We start off in Josh's head, which goes along nice and dandy until Marina's POV comes around. Her mooning puke-on-the-page feelings towards him ("...Josh. My Josh.") paired with the secret she hides hardly make her an appealing friend. Then as characters, one after the other, recite numberous shining qualities re:Josh, I grew more and more turned off by the obvious effort to make Josh the good guy. No. Not buying it.

» The credibility. From the dialogue to the (apparently) violently menacing villain, the credibility level wavers below believable. Occasional slang phrases that seem off cause winces, while the lack of a single evil face makes it difficult to fear the "bad guy". Altogether, Under My Skin did not make for an enjoyable read.

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