❮PDF / Epub❯ ✈ Under My Skin ⚣ Author A.E. Dooland – Dolove.info
Right I ve been letting myself down review wise So, let s see if I can put anything here.The story is about Min Lee, a worker at Frost International located in Sydney Australia Working as a marketer in the diamond division Somewhat unexpectedly, Min is made a program lead on a secret project with a small team Highly confidential Very stressful.Meanwhile Min s boyfriend, Henry Lee no relation, Lee s a popular Korean name , works in the HR department at Frost International Has a psychology degree Is very patient and understanding Apparently visits Korea a lot, and while there, visits Min s mother Min s mother keeps pressuring Min to marry Henry not that Henry has actually proposed or anything Henry and Min date, every once in a while see each other at the office, and even less often, about once every three weeks or so, have unfun, disagreeable sex Because Min feels it s expected to do so.Min has one friendly acquaintance friend at the office One Sarah Sarah s always trying to drag the workaholic Min out for drinks and the like, but Min is always busy Too busy Not too busy, though, to occasionally paint And upload paintings to DeviantArt And interact with users through comments and private messages Which is important to this story on several levels.One night, feeling inspired, Min paints Uploads picture Min doesn t normally paint people, but did this time Titling it something like self portrait Goes to sleep Wakes up to hundreds of comments and notes Most from women gushing over the painting Both in how much they like the painting and how handsome and attractive the man is in the painting Flirting with Min Since it is Min, right What with labeling it with the title given.Course, Min s somewhat confused Looks at profile picture Realizes remembers had, at some moment of this or that, removed gender indications Min keeps almost deleting the painting, taking it down Doesn t like how it appears to be misleading people For Min is in the body of a woman, not that of a man.A certain amount of mounting tension builds from having uploaded that painting And then, Min uploads a new profile picture Clearly showing that Min is a woman A picture taken by a coworker when a group were out celebrating the end of a project The picture shows How tall Min is, how serious Against the backdrop of drinking drunk coworkers Oddly the positive comments continue And then Min leaves a little earlier than normal Waits at a crosswalk Hears two high school aged girls giggling behind her Looks back at them Notices they are gazing at her Min feels quite uncomfortable Much so when they start loudly saying things Then one bubbly chatty one finally bounces over and demands to know if it actually is Min Lee The artist Apparently 1 Min uses own name on DeviantArt page 2 the two schoolgirls had used the internet to track down Min Lee.One thing leads to another and Min Lee finds herself in a super expensive restaurant with her young female stalker Who talks a mile a minute About everything I haven t yet noted that Min Lee almost always dresses up Wears nice jewelry Make up Skirt or dress Almost never pants With massive high heels Attempting to look very feminine Unless at home alone, when she wears comfortable clothing Which is important on two levels One, Min hates having to look feminine and drag on the bra and skirt and all that Two, Bre, the schoolgirl stalker, makes a comment that drives Min to flee the restaurant A comment about how the super tall woman doesn t look right in the outfit she is wearing So, while highly stressed at work, and while being stalked by a bubbly schoolgirl, Min begins to seriously think about how she might really be a he And, after certain interactions, maybe is attracted to women I mean, Min accidentally kissed another woman while drunk Found it quite pleasurable Much so than anything she gets from Henry.The story unfolds Lives, careers, relationships shift, tense, explode, come together A quite good story Several times I thought Min might be too depressing to continue to follow, but I m glad I did And, oddly, I came to really like Bre Despite her baggage, bubbliness, flightiness.Other than side characters, this is the first transgender novel I ve read First with a lead transgender lead character I d recommend the book Apparently there are other things by this author, well, not apparently, I ve seen them, but none up on GoodReads They are all over on a blog Including a sequel to Under the Skin I found it difficult to try to read in that setting, so I hope the sequel finds it s way to published status at some point. This is a good book Sweet, honest, sharp and quite intense.It is a long book, and a bit slow at some points, but I found that this story could not be told in a shorter way This is not a plain story, it deals with very difficult issues, such as sexual identity, that are not easy to be dealt with, and that need time to be explained in a credible way I found that the author succeed at describing the sexual identity crisis very well, although it seemed to appear a bit out of the blue Although Bree s character is presented as very open minded, it is a bit difficult to accept that she had no issues at all with the sudden changes in neither the sexuality nor in the sexual identity of her partner In my opinion she should at least be a bit confused about it. So looooooooong Right Loved it Even though I had to page flip a lot of really bad feels scenes Still Genderqueer Min and the lovable pansexual Bree fist bump Bree So much happens in this book Not going to go beyond what s in the back of the book I really loved this book heh And diving into the sequal now I ve a feeling Min s mom is heavily involved Groan We ll see. There is nothing like Under My Skin out there right now It truly is unique The way Dooland handles Min going through stress, self doubt, confusion, insecurity everything, just It s a marvel Min s head is a chaotic mess with work and her personal life pushing and pulling as she tries to figure out who she is and what she wants.Min is relatable and beautifully flawed, with laugh out loud charm when she relaxes Bree is unexpectedly endearing despite the things she does, and you can t help feeling protective of her Henry, Min s boyfriend, is lovely , hammering home the point that sometimes, no matter how perfect someone is or how hard you try, you just can t love them the way they love you The entire cast is realistic, complicated and fascinating to watch together Under My Skin had me worrying about the characters, thinking about them, laughing, cheering, and heart aching over them even when I wasn t reading These characters feel real, and the things they re going through resonate with current social issues There is so much heart in this story, so much pain and love, growth, and ultimately, triumph Dooland pays attention to the big things and the details Regardless of who you are or where you come from, do yourself a favour and read this book The writing is superb and the story and characters will stay with you long after you ve finished It deserves a solid five stars. Wow Don t know where to start VFM fantastic 690 pages for 2.39 unbeatable 0.35p a page Radclyffe 10 times that 3.74p page Story Up to 80% of book, stunning, brilliant, five star, the lot And really, the lot if it could wrong for poor Min, it did Every time just as you thought it can t get worse it did But it s looooooooooooooong I started to think, just get on with it, I m done now But insightful, educational and entertaining So book 2 after a rest will follow And my admiration for A E is spectacular A bit long, but some parts of the books are very touching and bleeds truth. Min Lee Is A Workaholic Who Can T Say No She Substitutes Sleep With Red Bull And, Through A Combination Of Repression And Bad Habits, Has Managed To Score Herself A Luxury Apartment, A Fabulous Boyfriend And The Approval Of Her Billionaire CEO Things Are Looking Pretty Awesome Well, Apart From Those Body Image Issues That Constantly Plague HerBut Min Thinks She S Got Everything Worked Out She S Arranged Her Comfort Zone And Has Zero Desire To Look Outside Of It Or, So She Tells HerselfIt S Not Until A Troubled Schoolgirl Tracks Her Down From The Internet, Stalks Her To Her Home And Noses Her Way Into Life That Min Begins To Admit That Something Is Wrong In Her Perfect World Something That She S Never Thought About Before, And Doesn T Even Want To Think About Something That Has The Power To Ruin All Her Relationships And Dismantle Everything In Her Life She S Worked So Very Hard ForWhat If She Isn T The Right Word For Min At All This book is officialy one of my favorite books I never wanted it to end but at the same time wanted to finish it badly, so I could move on on the sequel Which, by the way, is totally cheap as well I don t get why those books for kindle are so cheap, since they are very long and so so good But it s not like I m complaining.Anyway.This is a story about a girl named Min Lee You see, she s tall 25 year old Korean girl living in Australia with a strict Korean mother back in Korea and a sweet boyfriend Henry She has this perfect job, which will be a huge part of her story at Frost International She s also an artist A very good one But, you see, Min isn t happy She drinks a lot, she takes too many painkillers too often, she swears a lot, she hates how she looks and she doesn t enjoy sex with her boyfriend Or, you know, she isn t even in love with him But he s perfect, her mother loves him probably than her and they ve been together for 5 years Then she meets this girl, Bree Bree is a big fan of her as an artist, she s 18 and is kinda stalking her And the story goes from thereI really loved it It s written in first person point of view, so you see everything through Min s eyes You know right away she s very unhappy She literally hates her body She doesn t realize it first that she wants to be a boy You re going through the realization slowly with her, you feel her confusion, the pain, the unhappiness and finally the acceptance Bree is a big part of it all She supports her, encourages her, even though she s kind of pain in the ass She acts childish most of the time, I might say she s a walking distaster, but as you find out, she has problems on her own Still, most of the time I wasn t a big fan of her and I hope it ll change after reading the sequel.There s also Min s co worker and friend, Sarah I think Sarah is my favorite character She s an amazing, loyal friend and I m very happy she s not some minor character She plays a big part in Min s life as well.Now about Min s boyfriend, Henry You know, I don t think I ve ever read about such a nice man Henry was perfect But sometimes it felt like he was too perfect, like a robot Especially after Min came out to him as a trans But after that, after we finally knew what was going on in his head everything made sense As I said, Min s job is a BIG part of the story, but I wasn t interested in it that much But I must say, the author handled it perfectly Also, before I forget This books is also very hot at the end There was one of the hottest sex scenes I ve read I hope there will be of it in the sequel, haha. This is a fantastic book I read this in serial format which was an absolutely killer wait each week which intensified towards the end as A E Dooland threw and MORE twists and turns into the mix.Having never experienced gender issues personally, Min s journey through the book was an amazing eye opener I thought initially I would find it hard to identify with someone experiencing something I had never gone through, but the author portrays it in a way that is believable and real and something most people would understand The sense of completely hating yourself and feeling you are in the wrong body is something I think the majority of people would have gone through at some point.Bree s character brings a fantastic balance to the story, and I never felt Min s struggles overpowered the storyline or dragged it down as Bree is such an uplifting character, and I was a little bit in love with her myself when I finally finished reading.The other supporting characters feel very real, Sarah and Diane I particularly loved.Overall an amazing cast of characters, each with their own distinctive voice a LOT of conflict and I mean a LOT, going by this book the author LOOOOVES to make the reader squirm subject matter you don t get to see on most bookshelves quick and witty writing a genuinely good read. Good book, slightly slow for the first two thirds and it s not a slim volume but I suppose that reflects life pretty well The principal relationship in it made me uneasy at points, but was ultimately quite well dealt with Interesting exploration of non binary genders too, although Min identifies mostly with he him pronouns or is in the process of doing so , it didn t dodge that subject Pretty cool and unusual to see something which doesn t follow the traditional trans narrative Always nice to see another piece of fiction about people assigned female at birth too A lot harder to find than ones about those assigned male at birth, in y experience The characters were relatable and once I got past the halfway mark I did find it hard to put the book down Which is generally a good sign.Wouldn t give it 5 due to the the slow start and some editing issues but understandable given the publishing method , but I will definitely be checking out the sequel.