Steal My Sunshine
Steal My Sunshine deals with one of the darker aspects of Australia’s history: the forced adoption of children born to unwed or ‘wayward’ girls, often at the coercion of churches, hospitals and adoption agencies. This practice of removing babies against the mothers’ will, or ‘institutionalised baby farming’, went on for around five decades ...more
[#1 - First impressions]
YES! DO WANT.
1. Aussie author
2. Contemporary + Aussie historical aspects
EEEEEEEEEEK!!! So excited. A copy is coming to my mailbox. :)
[#2 - Draft]
Review to come soon. [Dot-point draft below]
+ Essie's story feels so real and h ...more
But when her parents’ marriage reaches breaking point, and it’s Hannah’s dad that leaves, she is completely unprepared for the fallout. Mum and Sam huddle together and lean on each other, while Hannah feels isolated ...more
Steal my Sunshine by Emily Gale is set in Melbourne. Sixteen year old Hannah Moon is dealing with her much more outgoing best friend, Chloe, and spending more time with her grandmother, Essie. When Essie reveals she has a secret to share, Hannah and Chloe get dragged into her past creating issues at home and for their friendship.
This book contains a story within a story and I found both of them riveting. It was so easy to sympathise with Hannah. She has a mother who constantly makes ...more
Beginning with Hannah's present day narration, we are introduced to this fifteen-year old girl trying to come to terms with the inner turmoil that threatens to overwhelm her as she tries to find her place in the world and her family. Constantly in Sara’s firing-line, Hannah is at a loss to understand why the rel ...more
When I was in high school, we had an English short story assignment which had to fit the theme ‘remembrance’. Searching for inspiration, I did what I always do in a crisis and turned to The Beatles. I took Eleanor from the song Eleanor Rigby and wrote about why she might be so lonely as an elderly lady. I imagined she might have been forced to give her baby up for adoption after being sent to a Magdalene Laundry. So when I found out what Steal My Sunshine was about, there was no question I would read it. Bef...more
"People have to be close because they want to be, not just because they think they're part of a story they can't get out of."
Set in Melbourne, Hannah's life looks to be falling apart after her parents decide to separate. On top of that, her mum is becoming more distant and her brother doesn't seem to even notice her existence. Additionally, her friendship with the slightl/> ...more
This piece of fiction gives a small glimpse into the past and present impacts of forced adoption.
For such an emotionally charged subject matter, this book was extremely easy to read and not too hard on the readers emotions, and I didn't feel that this lessened or cheapened the severity of what occurred back in the 50's.
I'm Aussie born & bred, and I had no idea these things occurred here and to such a de ...more
This was a really touching novel, a contemporary entwined with historical, looking at 3 generations of women and how their lives and relationships have been shaped by forced adoption.
I feel it was an ambitious story to tell, and although there are aspects that weren't resolved to my satisfaction, particularly Essie's character, Emily Gale's gorgeous writing more than mad ...more
If I can liken Steal My Sunshine to any particular holiday-related chocolate product, then it'll have to be the good old Easter egg. What appears to be one story actually turns out to be two, one nestled inside the other and revealing a whole extra layer of history, family and reconciliation. On the surface, this novel is about Hannah - a typical, if somewhat shy, teenage girl living in Me ...more
Hannah is an unassuming, shy girl who tries to stay out of the lime light. To compensate for her life in the shadows, she’s best friend with a ...more
Hannah life is taking a turn for the worst, her father leaving, her grandmother's secret as to why her mother hates her and all this when she is just starting her final year of school. Her best friend Chloe is hiding a secret and her brother, who she has ...more
The book is about Hannah and how the only people she can get along with well are her best friend Chloe and her eccentric grandmother Essie. When nothing seems to go right in her life she runs to her grandmother Essie and over a period of time hears stories about her past.
The main character Hannah is a typical teenage character, just trying to find her way in a world and discovering who she really wants to be. The relationship wi ...more
But by far the thing that stood out for me was the characterisation: from shy-ish, unsure main character Hannah, to he ...more
Hannah and Chloe are o ...more
What I really appreciated about this book was the way Gale manages to capture the complexities and human floors within each of the characters, so that they are real, rather than always likeable.