on May 21, 2018 :
Read this back when it was a web serial. A few years later dropped $1K on the author's Kickstarter for Solve for i and never regretted it. Often funny and cute but very stressful in parts, so read more for catharsis than to unwind.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on Oct. 9, 2017 :
Awesome book, a shining achievement. Very richly drawn characters. I could not bear to stop reading and I could not wait to pick it up again. There is a fair amount of angst but the reward is more than worth it, both for the main protagonists and for the reader.
(reviewed 65 days after purchase)
on Sep. 21, 2015 :
I spent all weekend reading, and know that I can only get a glimpse of what it must feel like to be stuck in a body that does not feel right. You got to be strong to face all that.... Many thanks!
(reviewed 66 days after purchase)
on Oct. 21, 2014 :
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)