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Scar tissueThin Skinby Emma Forrest228pp BloomsburyRuby was just 12 when she fell in love It was with an older man an artist named Liev He could cover her whole face with his hand He would stroke her hair and call her his baby as she lay across his lap like a cat The two had met under unusual circumstances Rubys father was well connected - a dinner-party guest list would typically include several actors artists and musicians - and could guarantee press coverage for a young artist simply by expressing an interest in their work He and Liev had shared a lover as the love triangle broke apart the two men became friends and Rubys father decided to make Liev famousLiev lodged with the family for three months as Rubys playmate They painted together wrote plays went to the movies She nicknamed him The Vampire Then one evening as Rubys father chatted up a Hollywood starlet on the porch 12-year-old Ruby told Liev that she wanted to fuck Liev washed his face waited for her to fall asleep then left Three years later Ruby left too and became a movie starThe 20-year-old Ruby who narrates much of the novel is still in love with Liev and still unable to deal with it She has what you might call a bad relationship with her body She cuts herself eats the wrong food makes herself sick In her latest film a post-Columbine romance called Mean People Suck Ruby plays a friendless bullied goth who takes her class hostage shoots a teacher then falls for the handsome popular athlete who tries to talk her into surrender With the cops waiting outside there isnt much future for this particular romance heroine just as there isnt for RubyOne evening Ruby asks her co-star if she is going to die She only says it for effect but when he says he doesnt care the idea stays with her taking on a
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