The last book I read in 100 words: Skins – Summer Holiday, Jess Brittain

by Stephen Tall on April 19, 2011

Skins: Summer Holiday, Jess Brittain

Perhaps it qualifies for a confession, but I’m not at all embarrassed by it: I love E4’s Skins. Actually let me qualify that: I loved the first two series (fresh ‘n’ funny), was disappointed by the following two (far-fetched ‘n’ farcical), and am now back fully on-board for series five, with creators Bryan Elsley and Jamie Brittain remembering to ensure the characters are warm, likeable, believable, flawed and… cool.

This is not a novelisation of the latest series, but a self-contained prequel, offering bite-sized chapters that take us further into the back-history of the seven individuals (minus Matty, who is largely absent) who later form a misfitted but tight-knit friendship group.

As with the series, Franky is the most interesting character — damaged, fragile but steely — though Mini’s suppressed sapphic feelings (for Liv), and Nick’s expressed uber-macho dickheadedness are explored in greater depth. And who can’t love Rich and Alo’s weird-but-it-works bromance? Even the too-romantic character of Grace has the space to become real.

Of course you can’t have everything. There’s no Chris Addison, nor is there a repeat of perhaps Skins’ finest moment to date: the sublimely OTT cameo of Will Young as a camply prim Michael Jackson-worshipping educational counsellor, T. Love.

But apart from that: enjoy.

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New post: The last book I read in 100 words: Skins – Summer Holiday, Jess Brittain http://bit.ly/f0ECBV

by Stephen Tall on April 19, 2011 at 8:55 am. Reply #

So E4's #Skins is back tonight – lush etc- see what I thought of the series' 'Summer Holiday' book here > http://t.co/wJLQYFpz

by Stephen Tall on January 23, 2012 at 8:08 pm. Reply #

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