Review of Under My Skin

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Review of Under My Skin

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[Following is an official review of "Under My Skin" by Elise Krentzel.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Under My Skin is a book written by Elise Krentzel. It is divided into thirteen chapters and written in one hundred and eighty-one pages. It is a book that enlightens you on the lifestyle and trends of people in 1970.

The author tells the story of a girl named Elise who grew up in a troubled home. She was a young girl who had the responsibility of taking care of her younger brother and her depressed mother, yet she was never appreciated or commended. The book tells her story at different stages and how she was able to overcome and seek a new path for herself in a different country.

One major part of the book that I enjoyed was the storyline itself. It highlighted the dangers and possible consequences of engaging in drugs and pot without a full understanding of the components and effects. It also gave a good insight into what it means to be a music journalist. Another recommendable part of the book is the inclusion of pictures created in the mind of the reader, a film-like view. It made reading the book easy as you imagine the characters play out their different roles in your mind. I also enjoyed the different roles of the characters, particularly Elise. Her resilience to strive to be a better person despite the environment and circumstances she grew up in is worth accolades.

I enjoyed the structure and the placement of the chapters. It gave a clear understanding of her story. The different chapters bearing different phases of her life were very remarkable. One thing I look forward to in books is improving my vocabulary. This author did an excellent job in the book. Some of the new words I learned include aficionado, iconoclastic, Kaleidoscope, curmudgeonly, etc. The book was exceptionally edited. The punctuation trend employed was perfect for me. I am no fan of lengthy-paged books, so I enjoyed this book. It was moderately paged.

One major factor I didn't like about the book is the mere fact that so many stories were clustered in a chapter. I would have preferred it to be subdivided into chapters.

I would rate the book 3 out of 4 stars . My reason is justified by the fact that so much information is contained in a single chapter. I had a little difficulty summarizing my blurb.

I will recommend the book to Adults as opposed to children. This is because the book contains some contents which are not suitable for a younger audience. It is also recommended for music journalists and persons who are interested in the lifestyle of the 1970s.

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