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The Skin I'm In

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Sassy,smart,and dramatic

When I read this I could completely relate to her. I had self esteem problems to and knew how it felt to be bullied in school and be an outcast. I really loved this book. I read it three times.

posted by VirgoReader on July 16, 2010

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

This Book Is Awesome!

Maleeka Madison, an average middle school student, has trouble fitting in at her school. Students tease her about the dark colors of her skin. Maleeka lives with her Mom in a urban area. Her Dad died not too long ago. Maleeka is picked on for the way she dresses, the co...
Maleeka Madison, an average middle school student, has trouble fitting in at her school. Students tease her about the dark colors of her skin. Maleeka lives with her Mom in a urban area. Her Dad died not too long ago. Maleeka is picked on for the way she dresses, the color of her skin, and she is constantly under peer-pressure around her "so-called" best friends. Her small crew consists of three people: Char, Raina, and Raise. They force her to do things she totally dreads to do and treats her like their own personal slave. One day a new teacher namd Miss Saunders came to their school as an english teacher. Maleeka and other students noticed that she had what looked like a white stain across her forehead. Little did Maleeka know, Miss Saunders was goiong to help her out tremendously in the long-run. When Maleeka got in trouble because of things Char caused, Miss Saunders was the one who helped her, but Maleeka ignored the help and kept hanging with the wrong crowd. Char, Maleeka's friend,decided she did not like Miss Saunders, so she wanted to vandalize her classroom and wanted Maleeka to do the dirtiest work of all. At first they tried to blame it on Maleeka, but she did not want to be falsely accused. On that day, she came out and said who was behind it. After that, she was still in trouble, but she finally accepted herself for the skin she was in. This book is great for people who have trouble finding themselves. It is something that Jr. High kids can actually relate to. Anyone under peer-pressure opr is being bullied should read this book. If you are a young reader looking for something simple, but exciting to read, I definitely reccomend this book. It is fullof irony and surprises on every page. Things that you would have never thought would happen shows up and gets you on the edge of your seat. Once you start reading this, you will not put it down!

posted by SLCknowsitall on August 12, 2011

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  • Posted August 12, 2011

    This Book Is Awesome!

    Maleeka Madison, an average middle school student, has trouble fitting in at her school. Students tease her about the dark colors of her skin. Maleeka lives with her Mom in a urban area. Her Dad died not too long ago. Maleeka is picked on for the way she dresses, the color of her skin, and she is constantly under peer-pressure around her "so-called" best friends. Her small crew consists of three people: Char, Raina, and Raise. They force her to do things she totally dreads to do and treats her like their own personal slave. One day a new teacher namd Miss Saunders came to their school as an english teacher. Maleeka and other students noticed that she had what looked like a white stain across her forehead. Little did Maleeka know, Miss Saunders was goiong to help her out tremendously in the long-run. When Maleeka got in trouble because of things Char caused, Miss Saunders was the one who helped her, but Maleeka ignored the help and kept hanging with the wrong crowd. Char, Maleeka's friend,decided she did not like Miss Saunders, so she wanted to vandalize her classroom and wanted Maleeka to do the dirtiest work of all. At first they tried to blame it on Maleeka, but she did not want to be falsely accused. On that day, she came out and said who was behind it. After that, she was still in trouble, but she finally accepted herself for the skin she was in. This book is great for people who have trouble finding themselves. It is something that Jr. High kids can actually relate to. Anyone under peer-pressure opr is being bullied should read this book. If you are a young reader looking for something simple, but exciting to read, I definitely reccomend this book. It is fullof irony and surprises on every page. Things that you would have never thought would happen shows up and gets you on the edge of your seat. Once you start reading this, you will not put it down!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2011

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    Necessary Read

    Maleeka Madison didn't always feel bad about herself. It was the taunting and teasing of her peers that caused her to feel like she was nothing because she had dark skin. Besides making fun of her complexion they teased her about her hair and her clothes and they even picked on her because the teachers liked her and because she got good grades. It seemed like there was nothing she could do to be accepted. Then one day Maleeka created a fictional character for an English assignment. Eventually, this made up slave girl helps Maleeka find the courage to speak up for herself, demand respect and accept the skin she's in. This story shows just how much some young people have to deal with and how cruel other young people can be. The message Flake makes very clear: Self acceptance is much more important than social acceptance

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2011

    Ok book. Good for a quick read.

    I read The Skin I'm In in about two days. It was a very short read with a lot of peer pressure issues being recognized in the story, which I think is important in the life of a teenager. Maleeka is faced with the pressure to kiss the two thugs, burn the school, and skip class to smoke. In the story she frequently writes in her Akeelma diaries to take her mind off the pressure from Charlese that she feels every day. Her feelings of pressure only increase when John-John sings the song written about Maleeka in front of her. Her only real friend is her Mom, who makes her clothes and frequently gives her advice about life. The story escalates when she sneaks into school on a Saturday and burns a classroom to ashes. In reality, it was Charlese that burned the room, but the only Maleeka knows that. The tale was a heart wrenching tale, but poorly written. I do not recommend the story to anyone above seventh grade. Joe Roddey, Ms. Lasley's 2B class.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2006

    Being Black

    I really like this book. I liked it because the main charactr, Maleeka, really went throug a lot. Maleeka didn't know how to deal with the color of her skin. She really had low self-esteem. She was a very bright girl and had classmates who couldn't understand her. Can Maleeka ever accpet her self for who she really is and gain her self-esteem? Find out in The Skin I'm In.

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