Under My Skin by Laura Diamond
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Publication Date: April 2016
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 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 swirling around in his head.
And then a donor is found…
Outspoken artist Darby Fox rarely lets anything stand in her way of achieving her goals . Whether it’s painting, ignoring her homework (dyslexia makes a mess out of words anyway), kissing a hot boy she doesn’t even know, or taking the head cheerleader down a peg , no one has ever accused Darby of being a shy. She also happens to be the twin sister to a perfect brother with good looks, good grades, manners, and the approval of their parents – something Darby has never had.
Darby’s always had bad timing . She picks the worst time to argue with her brother Daniel. In a car with bald tires, on an icy road in the freezing cold, the unthinkable happens. In a split-second, everything changes forever.
*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 sheep of her family; especially next to her perfect twin brother (Daniel). Tragic circumstances find Darby and Adam in the same hospital, forming a friendship and later trying to move past all the hurt they’ve experienced.
I must say, this is one deep read; and it’s well written too! There’s little I don’t like about this book, and its fresh plot kept me turning the pages right until the end. The main characters are two very misunderstood people, and though they are the complete opposites of each other, they form a connection as soon as they meet. I like the realness of the family aspect of the story, and the author managed to portray the parents as frustrating in a way only parents can be.
There is a neat character development in the story, and the psychological problems the characters face was really well handled by the author. The psychiatrist, Dr Shaw, plays a really major part in the story, even though I feel she is fond of taking things to an unwanted extreme in order to suit her beliefs.
To cut things short, Under My Skin is a memorable read with a beautifully unfolding plot and intense, real characters (apart from Dr. Shaw). 🙂