Monday, September 17, 2012

Skin Deep

By: Laura Jarratt
Location: FIC JAR
Genre: Part romance and part crime story.

Ugly people don't have feelings...
They don't notice if you stare at them in the street.
They are not like real people.
or that's what I used to think.
When I was younger.
before I learned."

After a car crash Jenna is left permanently scarred, she struggles to rebuild her life, but every stare wants to make her retreat further from the world. Until she meets Ryan.

Why is it we look at people who are different to us with big judging eyes? Why is it that my 3 year old buddy with Spina Bifida is going to be forever looked at, with people thinking that he can't. He is coming to my house tonight and he is going to design pizza!! Why is it when we see people who are scarred,  who cannot walk, who are different in colour, who wear cultural clothes, who are globally delayed- why tell me- do we box them, make ourselves superior, and somehow in our heads we eliminate any thoughts that these people love, and are loved, that they feel, that they weep, they laugh- or want to, that life has dealt them a pack of cards that does not have spades, hearts, diamonds or clubs and  we become so narrow minded we never discover the beauty , strength and courage that these people are gifted with. We rob ourselves.
Thankfully Ryan, in this story was bigger than that, and despite the drama's in this story, he gives Jenna a gift, understanding and unconditional respect- for that I like this book!

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