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In My Skin

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Welsh teen's coming-of-age tale is stunning and edgy.

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Gabrielle Creevy is sensational and sad in this tale of a Welsh teen who spin fabulous lies about her bummer of a life, and makes you wish everything she said were true. When we meet Bethan in In My Skin, she's sassing her English teacher, who pooh-poohs Bethan's poem about airy-fairy love and a metaphorical seagull, explaining that what she's looking for is truth, and grit. But Bethan is unwilling to illuminate the real dark corners of her life, and as we get to know her better, we can see why. Her mom struggles with bipolar disorder; her dad is a substance abuser who hangs out on street corners with louts and every morning spits night-before phlegm into the sink until, Bethan tells us in a fierce voice-over, she wants to stab him. To death.

At least at school Bethan has her two BFFs, quixotic and reckless Lydia (Poppy Lee Friar) and sweet, reliable Travis (James Wilbraham), neither of whom have any idea of Bethan's real home life, and are satisfied with their friend's excuses about why they can't come over after school. But when school queen Poppy (Zadeiah Campbell-Davies) takes an interest in Bethan, and Bethan convinces her that she's a fellow rich girl with a charmed life, viewers will get the sinking feeling that Bethan's house of cards has an expiration date. Thankfully, this British coming-of-age tale doesn't take any of its characters lightly, and Bethan is offered an unusually heroic path to right her past wrongs and forge more authentic relationships with the people in her life -- and you'll want to see it through with her.

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