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Book Review: The Sky is Mine – Amy Beashel

Izzy feels invisible. Trapped under the weight of expectation and censored by shame.

Her mum Steph and best friend Grace have always been there to save her. But with one under the control of her stepfather and the other caught in the throes of new love, Izzy is falling between the cracks.

As threats to her safety grow, Izzy wants to scream. But first she must find her voice.

And if the sky is the limit, then the sky is hers.

[This book contains material which some readers may find distressing, including discussions of rape, coercive behaviour, domestic violence and abuse.]


My thoughts:

One of the things a lot of people who don’t read YA think, is that it doesn’t tackle difficult topics and is too fantasy heavy. Well, not only is that not remotely true, but books like this, which tackles some very dark themes, help so many readers to deal with the situations they themselves are living with.

Just being told you’re not alone, that there are people out there who will support you, help you and care for you is a huge thing when you’re young and scared.

This is beautifully written and incredibly touching. It can be hard to read and if you are currently dealing with similar themes may be too much, but I think the subject matter is dealt with sensitively and the characters of Izzy and Steph are relatable and empathetic.

I was kindly sent a copy from the publishers as this book won’t be available till February 2020, which gives you plenty of time to read some reviews and decide whether you could comfortably read this.

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