As one of the backers of the Kickstarter, I had high expectations of this novel. As someone who has questioned their gender and sexuality, I know from first-hand experience the anxieties and depression that come hand in hand with self-discovery - and this book nails them on the head.
Dooland does a spectacular job of presenting the reader with a group of well-developed characters. Every character is their own person with their own motivations, reasons, hopes and fears. No one is always right or always wrong. Everyone has their own issues and their own way of dealing with them, and not always in positive ways.
Under My Skin is a fantastic addition to queer literature, bringing gender exploration into some much-needed spotlight.
(reviewed the day of purchase)