Review: Sensitive by Allayne L Webster
Australian author writes about a young woman with a severe case of eczema with a lot of warmth, empathy and just enough reality to stop the whole thing from going over the top. Samatha is thirteen years old and has just moved to a new town in South Australia with her family. Starting at the local high school, she is keen for her peers not to know of the chronic eczema and other allergies that she suffers from. This is not easy, thanks to an over-protective mother, various doctors who do not always know best, and classmates who have troubles of their own.
This isn't a book that is so much about finding a miracle cure for an illness that can be quite uncomfortable, especially during the teenage years, as it is about a young woman who learns to cope with her flare ups and journeys toward a place of self-acceptance. It's also a story of how treatments can be mismanaged by so-called experts and others who only want to help.
An ideal read for those in their early teens and for anyone else who knows and understand the hell that is a skin allergy. Or for anyone who wants to understand, really.
This book was read as part of the Aussie Author Challenge 2019.