Mysterious Skin by Scott Heim

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Mysterious Skin Read Online Free - At the age of eight Brian Lackey is found bleeding under the crawl space of his house, having endured something so traumatic that he cannot remember an entire five–hour period of time.

During the following years he slowly recalls details from that night, but these fragments are not enough to explain what happened to him, and he begins to believe that he may have been the victim of an alien encounter. Neil McCormick is fully aware of the events from that summer of 1981. Wise beyond his years, curious about his developing sexuality, Neil found what he perceived to be love and guidance from his baseball coach. Now, ten years later, he is a teenage hustler, a terrorist of sorts, unaware of the dangerous path his life is taking. His recklessness is governed by idealized memories of his coach, memories that unexpectedly change when Brian comes to Neil for help and, ultimately, the truth.

Title : Mysterious Skin
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ISBN : 0060841699
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 292 pages


Will rated it ★★★☆☆

November 30, 2016

This is a very sharp-edged multiple coming of age novel. No Tom Sawyers here. Brian Lackey (and can’t you tell what sort of person he is by his name?) wakes up in the crawlspace under his home one midnight when he is 8 years old, bloody, with no knowledge of what had happened to the last five hou...

Mariel rated it ★★★★☆

June 08, 2012

"Why now?" Neil asked. "Why do you need this now? Why did you search me out?" "I'm tired of it," I said. "I want to dream about something else for a change." I loved the 2004 film of Mysterious Skin (directed by Gregg Araki) more than I do the original novel. Scott Heim's We Disappear is one of my...

Sofia rated it ★★★☆☆

January 21, 2015

The needs of our survival make us, unconsciously or not, choose what to forget, what to remember, how to remember, when to remember. Same action, different perspectives, different truths. It’s part of the human condition how we experience the world so differently from each other. Nothing is black...

Chippy rated it ★★★★★

January 15, 2015

This book was so emotionally draining, the topic upsetting, the characters superbly portrayed, the story slow, but absolutely riveting, making it hard to look away from the pages. I've also seen the movie. Both medias are exceptionally done. I don't know how to write a review that can do this boo...

Evan rated it ★★★★★

February 16, 2008

Brian closed his eyes, blood trailing down his cheek and matting his hair. I felt it, damp and warm, seeping through my pant leg. It was Brian's blood, and for some reason I knew it was pure. No other man I'd held in my arms---and now, not even I---had blood this pure. His eyes reopened, and he l...

Taylor rated it ★★★☆☆

February 19, 2013

I'm split on my opinion of this story, as tends to happen when I three-star a book. I can understand why it's received so many high ratings, and I would attribute that mostly to the ending. It leaves you emotionally overwhelmed, and it's almost enough to make you forget about the slow parts of th...

Marita rated it ★★★★★

March 09, 2013

Possibly the best writer I have read, words don't convey how good this author is, and how thought provoking and chilling his tale of two boys is. Brian and Neil, total opposites in the spectrum of personalities have a common link: their little league coach, a man who through his actions has affec...

Heather rated it ★★★★☆

August 25, 2007

I wish I'd read this before seeing Gregg Araki's film - perhaps I would have appreciated its nuances more, but I already knew the travels, the revelations, the small, stinging heartbreaks. It's a hard and beautiful book, and it may just be one of the most faithful book-to-film adaptations I've ev...

Simon A. rated it ★★☆☆☆

March 04, 2016

A little too hip and trendy for its own good. I just don't buy that a 13 year old is this brooding and jaded. You don't need drugs and Joy Division until your at least 14. If you smoked cigarettes before you could drive, pimped your body before you passed Geometry and just laid back and sunk into...

Frederick rated it ★★★★★

July 08, 2007

I first noticed this book in my local library shortly after it was published. At the time it had the photograph of Froot Loops cereal on the cover. I think I noticed the Froot Loops on the spine. It was on the new shelf. I went to it, lured by the loops which anybody my age, give or take (mostly...

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