Sam Klein has always wanted to be popular. Unfortunately for her, she is one of the most unpopular students at Woodlawn High. Then, Woodlawn High’s most popular student, Kylie moves next door! This is Sam’s chance to become popular. Sam soon learns that Kylie’s popularity is because of a magical skin. There is one skin for every high school, and the skin means popularity. Sam must steal this skin from Kylie, so she can become popular. However, is popularity really want Sam wants? Worst of all, the more Sam wears the skin, the tighter it becomes…
Second Skin is a fun and light-hearted read. The word that best describes Sam is desperate. She has two great friends, yet all she cares about is popularity. I think there is a small part in most of us that can relate to wanting to be more popular, but by no means will we do what Sam does to achieve popularity. Most people don’t want to be more popular when they realize they could lose what they already have. Sam is one of those people who could care less. As desperate as Sam was though, I did not find her to be annoying. She realizes she shouldn’t care about popularity, but she does. There was one thing that bothered me about Sam. She didn’t realize the power of her popularity. Her parents are eco-friendly people, and one day Sam brings green bags over the one of the popular girl’s house. Because of Sam’s popularity, everyone loved the bag. It just seemed like she could have used her popularity to make her fake friends like her real friends. Of course, this would have ruined the story, but it slightly bothered me.
Something I did like about Second Skin was the ending. In the end, Sam got something that she wanted from the beginning, but in a way she or the readers would not have expected! Other than the ending, however, the book was predictable, but what else could you expect? No book’s going to have a protagonist that had her *~dreams come true~* once she became popular.
Overall, Second Skin is not a groundbreaking read, but if you’re in the mood to read something light, then I suggest it.